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Creative Ministry Paperback – August 1, 1991
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When I picked this book up a few months ago, I was particularly down and desperately wanted relief. I was in no mood to read anything theoretical or clichéd. What recommended this book, besides its brevity, was its first page.
The author begins by sharing a difficult personal experience of his in counseling a young woman dying of Hodgkins disease. If you know anything about Nouwen, this comes as no surprise. Nouwen's philosophy of ministry is represented by the title of one of his books, The Wounded Healer. He believes that a person best ministers to others by making available his own painful experiences. Through showing one's vulnerability, rather than presenting oneself as a spiritual superman, a person can be a more effective witness of the transforming power of the gospel. He can testify to others not merely as to what God did 2,000 years ago but to what God is doing still, for example, in his life. This principle is evident throughout Creative Ministry.
If the first page of this book pulled me in, I hope the following quote from the last page will pull readers who are not ordained ministers in to read this important book.Read more ›
Fr. Nouwen stresses that real learning comes through a collaborative exchange of ideas where both the teacher and student teach one another. We must be open and willing to take risks and to lay down one's life for his friends in order to give new life.
A few highlighted passages:
People of hope do not worry about the results of their work, because they believe that God will fulfill all promises and that it is only a temptation to want to know exactly how this will happen. pg. 86
Our task is not a heavy burden or brave sacrifice but an opportunity to see more and more of the face of Him whom we meet. pg. 89
Ministers and priests are challenged to offer the way; to be like an artist who lays his work before the community in the hope that through it, as through a window, the reality he has fathomed can be witnessed by all who give attention. pg. 109
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i have been buying and teaching this book for others for many years. great spiritual insights. an absolute must read.Published on September 12, 2013 by Daniel P. Rashid
Few writers touch my very soul as does Mr. Nouwen. His words affect me in ways that I cherish. His life was a true testament to his faith in God. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Al Rickert
I just started to read this but so far am very happy with it. Nouwen was a powerhouse of spiritualityPublished on July 11, 2013 by William L. Wilson
I love how this unique individual spoke straight to to my heart.This subject interests me and I recommend the work of Henri Nouwen.Published on July 7, 2013 by carol gosselin
Am still reading this book, but I am finding it most helpful and relevant to today's ministerial doubts and questions.Published on June 7, 2013 by Anne Kinkade
Recommended for class. I hope it will provide some out of the box ministry examples and stir up fire within me to keep the excitment in ministry.Published on January 16, 2013 by R. Watkins