In Being in Love, William Johnston addresses the question of the purpose of prayer. He shares with the reader the discovery of new ways to a prayerful life that is both meditative and active. His message is to surrender in love to God, to love God with ones own being, through prayer. Here Being in Love shows us how to pray, with heart, mind, intellect and body, as a form of communicating with God, one another, and the world around us. Johnston reveals, using his relationship with the Eastern traditions as a backdrop, the need and importance of finding stillness in our inner lives. He demonstrates in a clear and practical way, how we can make prayer a place for meditation and personal growth.
William J Connolly
William Johnston, an Irish Jesuit, has lived nearly 50 years in Japan. Professor of religious studies and director of the Institute of Oriental Religious of Sophia University, he has lectured worldwide on East-West mysticism. His many books include The Inner Eye of Love and Mystical Theology.
The fact that the Jesuit author lives in Japan helps explain the references to Zen Buddhism. With a title appropriated from Bernard Lonegren who speaks of an ecstatic love like that of the mystics, and addressed to an alter ego, he approaches prayer as a path for personal growth as well as communication with God.