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Product Details

  • Paperback: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; Revised edition (April 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877934959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877934950
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Henri J.M. Nouwen is one of the most popular spiritual writers of our time. He wrote more than forty books, among them the best-selling Can You Drink the Cup and With Open Hands. He taught at the University of Notre Dame, as well as Yale and Harvard Universities. From 1986 until his death in 1996, he was part of the L`Arche Daybreak community in Toronto where he shared his life with people with developmental disabilities.

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Nouwen, a Catholic priest, has become known as a mystic teacher, penning much that crosses the traditional boundaries of world religions. Indeed, his controversial advocating of "centering" and contemplative prayer, along with other elements of Buddhist or Eastern mysticism, is a major part of his legacy. OUT OF SOLITUDE presents three meditations on Jesus's personal choices of solitude that call on modern religious people to consider incorporating solitude into their spiritual lives. Paul Smith voices the melancholy joy that undergirds much of the work without losing the necessary warmth that keeps the piece from becoming bleak. As he empathizes with the text, his voice serves as a friendly guide through the solitude and lonely places Nouwen lays bare. S.M.M. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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It's an easy read...30 minutes to read the whole book.
E. Faison
It is one of Nouwen's finest works and one I frequently givemy business clients who are struggling with success driven life stylesand non-caring work environments.
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I recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about life.
Joseph Roccia

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2000
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It is one of Nouwen's finest works and one I frequently givemy business clients who are struggling with success driven life stylesand non-caring work environments.
I am an older (64) counseling/industrial/ organizational psychologist and currently specialize is exceutive coaching. Books like this help me create and sustain the most fulfilling work I have ever done.
The book is simply three short mediations on solitude, action and community. I have read it many times, given it to my children and family, and highly recommend it to all who need to pause in the midst of life to focus on what their life is all about. I will use it this year at a retreat for men in April.
A few other books I currently recommend to clients and friends along with Out of Solitude are: Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer; The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle; and Stopping by David Kundtz.
Nouwen was a gifted priest, healer, and shining light of faith, hope and love in a time of confusing worldwide transitions. He will be missed and he left a great legacy.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By E. Faison on May 2, 2000
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A life changing book for me. A must for people who are in ministry. Nouwen shares thoughts on how caring for others and the vital importance of solitude...being alone with Jesus. Most of the book talks of the pressures that we face in life and in ministry...the pressures to be successful...to produce results...to do something significant. It addresses how do we deal with these pressures and how are we to be ministers of Jesus Christ in a world that grades our success by the number of people we have coming to "our thing"?
I've read it 20 or more times in the last year. It's an easy read...30 minutes to read the whole book. I have bought if for friends of mine who are in ministry and friends who are looking for a closer relationship with the Savior. Words can't give this book justice. Tremendous book from a guy who knows and loves Christ.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David Haggith on September 8, 2001
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This is a small book, almost a pamphlet, so it works very nicely for readings during a quiet retreat. Nouwen reminds us of the importance of solitude for service. The book is composed of a few sermons he gave at Yale and is one of those books where you'll find yourself wanting to excerpt quotes to stick on the wall by your computer. I'll give you one as an example: "It is in this solitude that we discover that being is more important than having, and that we are worth more than the result of our efforts." The book is an affirmation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jan McGreger on October 27, 2000
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This book spoke deeply to me. As a parent with young children, I have often felt guilty for needing "my space." Nouwen removes my feelings of guilt and selfishness by explaining this need for time alone as being a spiritual need where growth and connection with God are possible. Contains few pages, but a big message.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chung Kai Chow on May 26, 2007
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During my fast, and contemplation, times and again, I'm drawn to this little book.

It is a great book. This little book slowly, bit by bit, through 3 meditations on Christ, directs my mind from the "secular world" to Christ. It draws me to silence, to face myself, to God, and to caring for others and hope for the future.

It takes me to a journey and after that, I am filled with constance and strength.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Roccia on July 1, 2001
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This was a very informative and a very simple read. In a nutshell, it defines how important solitude is in terms of how we can't get caught up impressing life judges. Also, "It teaches us", not to become restless of our actions for our only way of aquiring self pride.
Henri also shows people how to be glad by applying the example of jesus to your life. Also, to deal with the challenges which God applies for you, only to make youself stronger.
I find it amazing that he could put all this very enlighting material into this very short read. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about life. To various people who want to find the ticket to extreme happiness, this book is for you!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By melinda h. rose lied on July 9, 2000
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Without getting the reader distracted by or caught up within his own life and story the author concisely brings us back to a spiritual balance with God.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Kelly on June 27, 2006
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Outstanding work. This book will cause you to stop and look at your relationship with Christ. Nouwen's words will touch you deeply in your inner man.
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