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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (November 20, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060663766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060663766
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith is a devotional containing meditations for every day of the year. Henry Nouwen begins the book by honing in on everyday experiences and objects. His reflection on the spiritual significance of mealtime, for instance, renders breakfast a revelatory hour:
The table is one of the most intimate places in our lives. It is there that we give ourselves to one another. When we say, "Take some more, let me serve you another plate, let me pour you another glass...," we say a lot more than our words express. We invite our friends to become part of our lives. We want them to be nurtured by the same food and drink that nurture us. We desire communion.
As the year progresses, Nouwen's focus shifts to the person of Jesus, the nature of the Church, and, finally, to the eternal life that is facilitated, in part, by books of wisdom like this one. --Michael Joseph Gross

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"Henri Nouwen shares personal moments, teaching moments, sacramental moments-moments of delight and surprise for anyone who cares to commune with him-and the One to whom he points each day of this journey. What a gift for us all! Bread for the Journey nourishes the soul." -- Fred Rogers, host and creator of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

"How graced we are to have Henri Nouwen's bread to break at the beginning of each day. He has combined the flour, water, and yeast of his heart to provide us with loaves of wisdom to nourish us." -- Christopher de Vinck, author of Simple Wonders

"On the long road it's good to have Nouwen and his divining rod. Deftly he bends toward the drop of spiritual wisdom caked in the most ordinary things." -- Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of Dead Man Walking

"Reading his thoughts is like probing a diamond mine: each page lays bare another gem. Faithful followers will not only enjoy reading this latest spiritual masterpiece, but will find themselves reflecting on his thoughts long after they have finished the book." -- Fr. Joseph F. Girzone, author of Joshua

"[This] daily companion...offers faith in plain speech, solid nourishment of the soul." -- Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota and The Cloister Walk

More About the Author

Henri Nouwen was born in Holland in 1932 and ordained a Catholic priest in 1957. He obtained his doctorandus in psychology from Nijmegen University in The Netherlands and taught at Notre Dame, Yale, and Harvard. He experienced the monastic life with Trappist monks at the Abbey of the Genesee, lived among the poor in Latin America with the Maryknoll missioners, and was interested and active in numerous causes related to social justice. After a lifetime of seeking, Henri Nouwen finally found his home in Canada, as pastor of L'Arche Daybreak - where people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers live together in community.

Henri Nouwen wrote over 40 books on spirituality and the spiritual life that have sold millions of copies and been translated into dozens of languages. His vision of spirituality was broad and inclusive, and his compassion embraced all of humankind.

He died in 1996. His work and his spirit live on.

Henri Nouwen pronounced his name "Henry Now-en." For more information on his life and work, please visit www.henrinouwen.org .

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Great way to start your day.
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If you are not on a spiritual journey with God this book will help you form an appetite for God's Word and God's thoughts.
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Each day's reading is brief, yet so thought provoking.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mark Blackburn on January 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"The very best translation of the Bible" (I enjoy saying this to friends ---- always pausing for dramatic effect) . . . "is the one you pick up and actually READ every day."

By my own standard then, I'd have to say this is my second-favorite book. Published at the time of Henri Nouwen's death in 1997, it is almost without peer. There is one other that may be as good: Mother Teresa's book of 365 daily meditations, "The Joy in Loving" published the same year. Yet, Nouwen's "Bread for the Journey" may appeal to an even wider audience --- for reasons that become evident the moment you open it anywhere.

Well, we're only as good as our latest work . . . so why not start literally with 'yesterday, today and tomorrow.' You'll find each reflection interlocks with the previous one, and each is barely 100 words. Just see if these thoughts don't speak to your heart . . .

(Yesterday, January 17) -- BE YOURSELF

Often we want to be somewhere other than where we are, or even to be someone other than who we are. We tend to compare ourselves constantly to others and wonder why we are not as rich, as intelligent, as simple, as generous or as saintly as they are. Such comparisons make us feel guilty, ashamed or jealous. It is very important to realize that our vocation is hidden where we are and who we are. We are unique human beings, each with a call to realize in life what no one else can, and to realize it in the concrete context of the here and now.

We will never find our vocations by trying to figure out whether we are better or worse than others. We are good enough to do what we are called to do. Be yourself!

(Today, January 18) -- FINDING SOLITUDE

All human beings are alone.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By "drzac" on January 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have found this book so helpful that I have used it as my morning devotional book two years running. Each day's reading is brief, yet so thought provoking. There is much spare space on each page and in my copy of the book all the spare space is filled up with thoughts and ideas provoked by the readings. I have given away at least ten copies of the book as gifts and I have invariably been thanked for each gift. If life is a journey, here are a set of helpful road signs.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. H Mele on May 12, 2000
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This book leads one gently through all the themes of life with Christ. I love to give it as a graduation gift because it is mature, but not overwhelming. It is an invitation, one that can be picked up at any time of the year, and there is a short message. Worth having the head of one's bed - that's why I give it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jean E. Pouliot on August 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was given "Bread For The Journey" at a particularly low point in my life and will personally attest to its restorative power. Henri Nouwen was the rare soul who wrote from a soul molded by the living heart of scripture and informed by compassionate hands-on caregiving.

BFTJ is a daily meditation guide that delves into the pith of religious experience from the Christian point of view. Nouwen's deep insights into the Eucharist are sometimes startling and far deeper than the warmed-over tripe often doled out by those of lesser spiritual prowess. But his gentle words always point with love toward healing the brokenness that is part and parcel of the human experience.

So fascinating are Nouwen's thoughts that one is tempted to wolf them down. But taken in small mouthfuls, chewed well and digested thoroughly, they can be healing to the mind and soul. They can also prepare the reader for properly receiving the Eucharist, not as a mere matter of habit, but as a healing ritual that connects to (and overcomes) one's own sinfulness, nourishing the spirit.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By book worm VINE VOICE on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
INTRODUCTION:

From the St. Matthew Gospel (4,4): "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' "

These were the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus quoting Holy Scripture in Deuteronomy 8:3 showing the importance of spiritual nourishment. "Bread for the Journey" is a great daily devotional/meditational book with contemplative tid-bits for thought on our daily journey as Christians. If you are not on a spiritual journey with God this book will help you form an appetite for God's Word and God's thoughts. If God as Creator is the Chef, then Henri Nouwen thru this daily meditational book is His assistant cook.

AUTHOR:

Wikipedia describes Nouwen as "a Dutch Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life." In recent years, Nouwen's meditative writings are popular with many Protestants (especially those from the emergent/emerging Church movement). Nouwen was also a pastoral psychology, and theology professor at Notre Dame, Yale, and Harvard universities, and spent the latter part of his life working exclusively with the developmentally disabled.

CONTENT:

The book is organized by months, and the only pattern that I could find is that some number of consecutive days are focused on a larger theme (e.g. about "Being ____", or "Jesus is _____," empowered and Holy Spirit, the church, eternal life, joy, sorrow, and others). Many of the daily meditations seem to fit the Christian calendar and major holidays.

CONCLUSION:

Henri Nouwen's 365 daily thoughts are deep, insighful, and spiritually rich.
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