In the 1950s, famed broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow’s radio program This I Believe featured ordinary Americans discussing their beliefs and desires.
In 2005, public radio revived This I Believe. Americans from every walk of life opine on their core beliefs and what gives value to their lives.
This I Believe On Love is the latest collection of favorite essays from the popular radio program. Americans’ reflections on the things they love – from romantic love and love of family to love of place and love of animals.
From the back cover of the book:
“I believe that love is not found in the mind or the heart. Love is found in the hands. Love is in the nightly back scratch I give my wife. My wife kneading the dough, that’s love. Love is in the hand that crafts, sculpts, sews, caresses, soothes.” —John Samuel Tieman, Missouri
“My husband’s death affected our family greatly, but his life impacted it more. He will live as long as one of us is alive to remember and to love him. . . . I believe that love is stronger than death.” —Opal Ruth Prater, Virginia
“Love is not about liking people. It is about seeing yourself in them. . . . There seems to be no substitute for the work of persistently imagining how I could be the other. This is what gives me the insights to actually change things. This, I believe, is how we are meant to love our enemies.” —David Waln, Oregon
“We are all of us empty people, searching for meaning after our failures. Love is what enables us to pick up the pieces of our broken lives and go on, renewed, undeservedly but steadfastly.” —Sarah Culp Searles, Tennessee