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The Passionate God

The Passionate God

By Rosemary Haughton

356 pp

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About the Book

“This is a book about the passion of God for human beings,” writes Rosemary Haughton: “it is a phenomenology of divine love for, in, through and between people, which means the entire, mysterious, and infinitely complex system of inter-relationships which is creation, and the Creator in creation. But most of all it is about that point at which the passion of God drove him to become incarnate.” Incorporating the language of medieval Romance, along with history, theology, and experiential wisdom, Haughton offers a profound portrait of the love that animates the Christian story.


The Passionate God is a great work that proceeds from profound spiritual experience and seeks concrete and effective communication. It sets forth the ongoing exchanges in living and loving that constitute the vitality, the development, and ultimately the self-effacing heroism of members of the Body of Christ.”


S.J., author of Insight: A Study of Human Understanding

The Passionate God is wisdom literature, the genre in which Rosemary Haughton excels. She writes here about human experiences of ‘breakthrough’ and ‘exchange of life’ and about those intense moments Christians call Incarnation, Resurrection, the Church, and the Eucharist.”


O.S.B., co-editor of The New Dictionary of Theology and Music and the Experience of God

About the Author

Rosemary Haughton was born in 1927, in London. In 1948 she married Algy Haughton and they had ten children and two foster children, eventually moving to Scotland to create a small rural community that helped those with mental health problems. In the 1980s her work shifted to the United States and she became part of a new community venture concerned with responding to family poverty and homelessness, Wellspring House in Gloucester, Mass. She is the author of The Catholic Thing and The Transformation of Man, among many other works.

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