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Henri's Mantle: 100 Meditations on Nouwen's Legacy Paperback – November, 2002

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Chris Glaser, who was a student and friend of Henri Nouwen's, gathers some of the Dutch-born Christian's reflections in Henri's Mantle: 100 Meditations on Nouwen's Legacy. It's a simple but beautiful book, filled with perceptive insights not just into Nouwen's thinking but also a timeless Christian spiritual quest. The format is familiar: Glaser draws brief quotations from Nouwen's corpus of more than 40 spirituality books, then offers his own brief thoughts and a spiritual affirmation. Along the way we learn a good deal about Nouwen as a person as well as a spiritual teacher, making his writings seem all the more relevant.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Pr (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829814973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829814972
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,817,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rev. Chris Glaser is the author of twelve books, including Uncommon Calling, Coming Out to God, Coming Out as Sacrament, The Word is Out, and As My Own Soul: The Blessing of Same-Gender Marriage. His most recent book is The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me about Life. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and a lifelong activist in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. as well as the broader church, he was ordained by the Metropolitan Community Church in 2005 and has since served three congregations as interim pastor.

As an openly gay candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church, he served as a member of a Presbyterian Task Force on Homosexuality (1976-1978), as founding Director of the Lazarus Project, a ministry of reconciliation between the church and the LGBT community in Los Angeles (1977-1987), and as editor of Open Hands, a quarterly magazine for welcoming congregations in seven denominations (1998-2003).

Since early 2011, Glaser has blogged weekly Progressive Christian Reflections at Published on Wednesday mornings, the blog and subscriptions are free and ad-free. Donations are welcome.

Glaser is available as a workshop and retreat leader, speaker and preacher. He has been invited by hundreds of congregations, campuses, and community groups throughout the United States and Canada.

A native Californian, Chris makes his home in Atlanta with his partner, Wade, and their dog, Hobbes.

For more on Chris Glaser, visit

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gamble on March 10, 2008
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Henri's Mantle: 100 Meditations on Nouwen's Legacy Henri Nouwen and his student Chris Glaser have both enriched my spiritual journey through their individual books. Chris begins with a quote from one of Henri's books, often puts it into Henri's life context and then reflects upon the quote. Being a student of Henri, Chris has personal correspondence and conversations to draw upon to add to the picture of Henri. Each of the 100 meditations is about 2 pages long. The table of contents summarizes in 2 to 6 words what each meditation is about so that a reader can skim through the contents to find the meditation that might be most meaningful for the immediate moment. This is a book to meditate upon for 100 days and not read all of it at one sitting. This book is going to join the short list of books that I turn to again and again for personal reflection.
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By robertj on February 15, 2012
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Six years ago I had the pleasure of sharing with Chris in a Nouwen Retreat. It was an experience that made me anxious to finally receive my copy of Henry's Mantle. I have read most of Nouwen's published works. Chris has put together a thorough and touching review of the teachings of this spiritual giant. Nouwen himself is easy to read and re-read and to find that the depths of your own spiritual journey have somehow been plumbed by Henri. Chris brings this profoundly personal connection through in the writings that he reflects upon. Along with the many Nouwen volumes that I re-read regularly, I have added this book from Chris Glaser as one to visit on a regular basis. I am thankful that someone took the time and care to prepare such a helpful and accessible personal devotional resource.
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I have tried not to gobble this book up, since it is designed as a series of meditations; however, I just keep reading and saying "absolutely" to myself. It's great to have someone who is so articulate. I intend to buy copies for friends at Christmastime. Highly recommended!
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By Michelle on February 15, 2012
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I learned all about Henri Nouwen through Chris Glaser. This was a great book of meditations and thoughtful insights. Would highly recommend this book
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