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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company; 10th edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824519671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824519674
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Nouwen, author of more than 30 books and pastor of L'Arche Daybreak Community Center in Toronto, here shares his spiritual journey. In simple meditations he gently and quietly presents small packets of wisdom, most of them already known to Nouwen readers. Among the less familiar, some insights inevitably are more illuminating than others. For instance, Nouwen reports asking Mother Theresa's advice concerning his many and complex problems. Her answer-"Well, when you spend one hour a day adoring your Lord and never do anything which is wrong... you will be fine"-completely cuts through his pretentious self-absorption and points directly to what is holy. While the present volume is hardly Nouwen at his best, it still has some fine moments and is a rewarding read.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Most touching is Nouwen's account of his near-fatal accident when hit by a car while walking over ice to help a handicapped boy. Nouwen goes through many emotions: real anger when gas station attendants refuse to drive him to the boy, a realization that the accident has given him a new pespective on his life, peace in the face of death but also the realization that "it was not love that kept me clinging to life but unresolved anger." When he does survive, he asks, "Why was I asked to return to a place where love is so ambiguous?" Brief but profound are his responses to the experience as he realizes God's call to deeper trust in God and to radical freedom. Nouwen's personal narrative is an important book for many people pondering the mystery of life and death, regardless of their religious commitments.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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Customer Reviews

I just finished reading this book with a group of 5 women.
Louisa Bourdain
It was very interesting to read the progress of his emotional and spiritual condition - increasing closeness to God as he moved toward death.
Leonard Jones
Easy to pick up and open to any page for use as a daily "reminders & uplifts" kind of book.
Sparky

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 75 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Nouwen always grips the reader, but in HERE AND NOW, he compels you to visit the book again and again. The reader is challenged to periods of silent compassion, bringing to mind the friends who sat quietly with Job in his grief. (They were more helpful that way!) If you freqent airplanes, be sure to carry this book along and read the sections on worry, death and life-in-the-now; you will know incredible peace! Discover new meaning for the word "family," new attitudes about what you think you possess and what's really important, sources to guide you in spiritual maturity, and so much more! "We cannot live a spiritual life alone," to quote Nouwen, and we need books like this one to get us thinking and moving and better relating to each other. "Claim your belovedness" with help from this book!
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1997
Format: Hardcover
HERE AND NOW teaches us how to be more AWARE of the spiritual world we live in, yes, LIVE IN, today. Through small examples and insight, Nouwen gives instructions on how he is attuned to the world on a spiritual level. With practice, this is something we can all be aware of after seing how it is brought to our attention. Recommended for this book is a highlighter or marker, so when you encounter the numerous phrases that can be applied to your life, you can mark them for later reference and review. You will find yourself drawn to return to Nouwen books, because you will remember having felt so much affirmation for who you are while reading them. It is precisely this assurance that we seek in the spiritual life and Nouwen can describe it with such honest truthfulness it is almost uncomfortable at times. I rated this book a seven because I read it as a follow up to THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON by Henri Nouwen. If you have not read any Nouwen, this book is a good start, but if you want his masterpiece THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON is simply outstanding. Nouwen writes in such a simple approach, the voice is so approachable and easily connects with the reader from page one. It is important to notice the table of contents and to continue referencing yourself to it throughout the book. He states an organizational pattern to the overall structure of spiritual topics, broken down by subject. Which, by definition makes sense, however, given the subject matter of spiritual issues, emotional items and our own personal involvement with reading, thinking, and absorbing the information, we have a tendency to get lost in the material. The table of contents is a great reference to go back to as you are reading the book, it will aid in keeping yourself focused.Read more ›
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "fbruno777" on September 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a seminarian you are always searching for new and exciting ways to attain a deeper and more enriching level of spirituality. However, Henri Nouwen presents in this little book the basis for all spirituality. More than anything, he emphasizes that spirituality is what works for you. Furthermore, he reminds us that spirituality is not some far fetched ideal but brings us back to basics by making us realize that spirituality is found in our everyday realities. The tools for spirituality are not only theoretical, but also practical and need to be utilized in our lives as much as possible. Although a Catholic priest, as I hope to be some day, he presents a very objectified view of his experience.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book was read as a counter-balance to "Darkness in the Marketplace" (a very "John of the Cross / Dark Night" type book) by Fr. Thomas Green. "Here and Now" provides concrete examples of how the Holy Spirit works through and among us in our ordinay (and extraordinay) lives. This book will lift up your spirit and open up your eyes to the daily small miracles that are happening all around us. Truly we never know when a smile, a kind word, or a helping hand will be all the blessing needed to turn a life around
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott D Bradley on December 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is different from many of Nouwen's other writings in that he presents lessons learned and spiritual reflections from a very specific event in his life (an almost fatal accident). As he often does, Nouwen delves deep into his own mind and shares his fears and deepest thoughts as he faced death. His thoughts on forgiveness "in the very end" for others and by others, caused me to give great consideration to how I daily forgive. If you fear death or are not "ready" for it, this book provides comforting thoughts for preparing for our real home.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jackie M. Sthilaire VINE VOICE on November 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Henri Nouwen examines his life after a near death accident in which he encounters the Living God.

Facing the possibililty of dying he is able to let go and let God's unconditional love come to him and accept himself as God sees him.

His recovery from the accident brings about many changes in his attitude towards his family, friends, acquaintances and yes even his enemies. The experience brought resolve and forgiveness for his sins and the sins of others.

To come back to the living and take his daily cross was very difficult, since he had already prepared himself for the next life with Christ. To return to the former routine seemed impossible at that time but before long he had gone back to his former ways and was constantly trying to keep the peace that he had found during his illness.

Another book that touches on going to the mountain top and coming back would be "Hind's Feet on High Places" Hinds' Feet on High Places an allegory by Hannah Hurnard.
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