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About the Author

Henri Nouwen, a Dutch-born priest and one of the world s most popular spiritual writers, was pastor of the L Arche Daybreak community in Canada. His many best-selling books include Adam; Jesus: A Gospel; and With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (February 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883448513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883448519
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
September 24, 2000
In Henri Nouwen's journal entries, he captures each moment and thought of his struggle to find God's calling during his journey through Peru and Bolivia. Not only does he describe his own feelings, but also the joys and struggles of the people he came in contact with. His journal depicts the true venture of stepping into mission work or at least stepping outside of our everyday life in search of our place in this world. He gives encouragement to those who are searching and have felt a calling to go out and help others. He opened my eyes to show me that it is not the number of people you help but it is the one heart that you touch that counts.
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Title: Gracias! A Latin American Journal by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Pages: 188.

Time spent on the "to read" shelf: 9 months.

Days spent reading it: 3 days.

Why I read it: There are multiple steps in why I read Gracias! First, I love Henri Nouwen's writings. Second, I read a few excerpts from Gracias! in a Henri Nouwen collection and found some of his reflections interesting. Third, our youth group went on a short term missions trip to Peru, and Gracias! is about Nouwen's time in Lima, Peru. So it seemed like a great fit for me.

Brief review: Gracias! was a little harder to read than I was anticipating. It's one thing to read a coherent book on a particular topic, it's quite another to read the journal writings of a person as they are developing some of those thoughts.

Henri Nouwen is a Roman Catholic priest who was a successful professor at Yale and Notre Dame. He gave up the academic life and started searching for a different type of ministry. So he went to South America for about 6 months. 3 months in Bolivia for language study, 3 months in Lima, Peru as an exploratory trip to see if he would like to serve there for a longer period of time. Nouwen's insight into human behavior, including his own, is invaluable. He is very open and vulnerable in his writings, which is what draws me to him. However, these journal entries are not a systematic thought about anything in particular. So there are occasional glimpses of great insight. But its in the midst of the mundane of everyday life.

Was it thought provoking? Yes. Was it sometimes boring? Yes. Did it have interesting insights about life and how we live it? Definitely. Am I glad I read it? Mostly. Would I recommend it to others? Not unless they were die-hard Nouwen fans.
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This Fr. Henri Nouwen is the best author ever! He writes so that we were traveling with him. Favorite Author now. Gracias and Muchas Gracias to Fr. Henri! So sad he had to leave this earth so young! LOVED this book! Ready to follow in his footsteps and go to S. America. (I recently met a nun who did just that - and MET Fr. Henri while there)!!
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This journal of Nouwen includes his exploration of going to South America. He was a restless soul and he journaled about his wondering if God was calling him elsewhere. The journal captures some of his feelings and inspirations and gives some interesting information on his trip. This journal isn't as good as some of his other journals such as the Genessee Diary or the Road to Daybreak or his Sabbatical Journey.
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In 1981 Henri Nouwen sojourned for six months in Bolivia and Peru. He had recently completed his time teaching at Yale and was seeking God for answers on how to spend the next chapter of his life. For years I have known Henri Nouwen as a contemplative, and I have begun to discover him as one who pursued justice for the poor and the oppressed. I wanted to read this journal to gain insight into the symbiotic relationship of contemplation and action.
He had the understanding that a life devoted to God should involve caring for the poor. He seemed compelled to go to South America to learn from the poor and potentially make a home and ministry in their midst. You could sense his eagerness and wonder as he began to experience a new culture and people. He had the privilege of viewing Christian holy days and religious practices with the eyes of a child. As someone who grew up in the institutional church you could sense he was enlivened by seeing fresh expressions of faith. His time in Latin America coincided with a period of religious and political change and unrest. Liberation theology was entering a phase of resistance within the structures of the church. The poor were increasing in their efforts of political and agrarian freedoms. In this setting Nouwen was able to get a first hand experience of extreme poverty. He was able to see how God's people had a key role to play in the pursuit of justice. At the same time he was confronted with feelings of loneliness and uselessness. He was simultaneously motivated to help bring change and wrestling with feeling like an outsider who did not have much to contribute. I was amazed by his keen awareness of the need for “missioners” to not try to convert people, rather to try and learn from them.
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