"The Journey into Love" is literal, metaphoric, and archetypal. It is a believing and a discovering of Jesus' story as one's own, a process of internalizing various roads described in the New Testament. These are all paths to personal enlightenment, what Nan describes as a reaching to Love Consciousness. The Road to Damascus (Saul/Paul) involves the breaking down of the ego to receive Grace. Preparation is autobiographical in nature, a gaze within to understand who each of us is. The Roads into and through the Wilderness are studies of the self through the works of John the Baptist and then Jesus in the wilderness. As Jesus was tempted by Satan, we must understand what really ought to motivate, how to put temptation behind us. The Road to Jericho is an awakening to what a good neighbour is by looking at the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and how we might act accordingly. The final Road to Jerusalem leads to pain and the cross, but is also the road to communion with all of Creation.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1 The Road to Damascus; 2 Preparation for the Journey; 3 The Road into the Wilderness; 4 The Road through the Wilderness; 5 The Road to Jericho; 6 The Road to Jerusalem.
Nan C. Merrill is the author of Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness, which had sold 50,000 copies and is in a tenth-anniversary edition. Merrill edits the monthly newsletter Friends of Silence, has served with urban parish teams, facilitated retreats, and been engaged in prison ministry for thirty years. She lives in Jericho, Vermont, and Hannibal, Missouri.