What if God’s gaze of love was upon us before we were born, and remains so throughout our whole lives? How would we accept and engage with this truth on our spiritual journey?
Ruth Patterson examines these pivotal questions by inviting us into a deeper exploration of scriptural passages, from both the Old and New Testaments, and the lives of those who were transformed by the gaze of love. By understanding our intrinsic value and allowing ourselves to surrender to God’s love, which is without judgement or limitation, we can transform our hearts and minds, as well as those of others.
Written in a heartfelt and engaging style, The Gaze of Love implores us to affirm our relationship with God with open hearts and minds, and to connect with the One who has loved us from the very beginning.
Ruth Patterson is a Presbyterian minister who has worked with Restoration Ministries, based in Lisburn, County Antrim, since its inception. Restoration Ministries is a non-denominational Christian organisation that seeks to promote healing and reconciliation in Ireland and further afield. It came into being in 1988, during the thirty-year conflict in Northern Ireland. Through a ministry of reconciliation, healing, hospitality and prayer it seeks to provide a place of safety where people can tell their story and be heard, where they can develop a vision, and where they can feel welcomed and loved. Other publications by Ruth Patterson include Proclaiming the Promise (2006) and Looking Back to Tomorrow (2009), both published by Veritas.
Having read The Gaze of Love, I so totally agree with the power, centrality and importance of both the human and the divine gaze. It is the way that the Great Mystery is transferred! The message here is at the core of biblical faith and at the heart of human psychology at the same time. Receive and trust the wise and holy gaze from this book!
- Fr Richard Rohr OFM, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA Center for Action and Contemplation
The Gaze of Love is a beautiful book. Ruth Patterson speaks of different people in the Bible to whom the gaze of love brought life, revealing to them that they were loved by God. Do we not all need this gaze of love?
- Jean Vanier, Trosly-Breuil, FranceFounder of L’Arche and Co-Founder of Faith and Light