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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.
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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.
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Just getting started on it , but much better than last Nouwen book. BetsyPublished 5 months ago by Betsy Gielissen, Bible study group
Best Book Ever! Simple relate-able, understandable writing with tremendous insights.Published 6 months ago by Paula Fellows
The writings of Henri Nouwen can always be counted on to be relevant, insightful wise and personal. I can think of no other voice that so immediately brings the heart of Jesus into... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jan Cook
Our group is using this book for our monthly meetings. Have not finished it yet.Published 10 months ago by Gloria Nunes
I love to read anything written by Henri Nouwen. I have several of his books on my shelf and use quotes in my presentations, etc.Published 11 months ago by Helen