`Pope John Paul II was a man who let himself be shaped by the two great commandments: love of God with all your heart, soul and mind, and love of your neighbour as yourself ... So many wonderful things happened around him through his life, ministry and teaching: Believe in Love paints the rich landscape of John Paul IIs formative influences, his theological and philosophical foundations and his personal thoughts.
Reflecting his belief that we need to link our notion of God with our understanding of what it is to be human, it offers an accessible insight into his teachings on a wide range of subjects - including dialogue, young people, families, artists, work, forgiveness, and the elderly - and provides the perfect starting point for discussion in a faith-sharing group or for individual daily reflection.
Brendan Leahy is professor of theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and author of numerous publications. A von Balthasar scholar, he is involved in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue. He is also Secretary of the Irish Bishops' Advisory Committee on Ecumenism.