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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books; Reprint edition (January 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626980640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626980648
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In these difficult times of fear, anxiety, war, and terrorism, Henri's message of peace is needed more than ever. Though written twenty years ago, his description of 'the house of fear' remains an apt definition for the world today. In words that have taken on a new urgency he calls us to leave the house of fear and journey toward the house of love and peace... --John Dear, S.J. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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For more information on the life and works of Henri J.M. Nouwen, please visit HenriNouwen.org . --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. McDonald on September 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Henri Nouwen wrote this book twenty years ago as his personal response in a time of heightening Cold War tensions. Its publication now, in a new era of fear and violence, is particularly timely. On the one hand this book represents a passionate call to all Christians to embrace Jesus' ethic of peacemaking as an "unconditional, unlimited, and uncompromising" demand. But Nouwen goes on to show that peacemaking is more than a matter of carrying placards or opposing war. It must begin with a life of prayer, a movement from "the dwelling place" of fear and hatred and into the house of God. The next step is to "resist the powers of death"-not just in the form of armies and armaments, but in everyday selfishness and bondage to destructive consumer values. Finally we are called to celebrate life and to build communities in which love, forgiveness, and compassion bind us in solidarity with a wounded world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Walters VINE VOICE on January 1, 2008
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It never fails. Every time I open a Nouwen book I haven't read, or revisit one I have, it only takes a few pages for me to say to myself, "Man this guy is simplistic! What do people see in him?!" But then it only takes a few more pages for me to reawaken to why so many people love Nouwen, and why I keep coming back to him. True, he is a bit repetitious, and every so often descends into bathos. But for the most part, his "simplicity" is really a pure-hearted exploration of what it means to be human. Nouwen speaks to us because he honestly relates to our wounds, our hopes, our fears, our joys, our timidity, and our soul hunger, and he absolutely refuses to speak in the abstract. He is, in the best sense, an existentialist.

As a longtime Christian peace activist, I was delighted when John Dear edited Nouwen's manuscript on peace for Orbis (although it's taken me two years to finally get around to reading it!). True to form, my initial "This guy is too simplistic" response soon became admiration and gratitude.

What Nouwen has done here, as he says at book's end (p. 123) is "to develop a spirituality for peacemakers." In that regard, the book's title is a bit misleading, because it gives the impression that Nouwen is concerned with peace activism, and anyone who reads it with that presumption is going to be frustrated.

Nouwen says that peacemaking is central to being a Christian (p. 16), that Jesus' call to peacemaking is "unconditional, unlimited, and uncompromising" (p. 17). To prepare ourselves to honor this call, Christians must cultivate prayer, resistance, and community. Nouwen's discussion of them will not be unfamiliar to readers of his other books.
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.If you enjoy reading books by Henri Nouwen, you will definitely want to read this one, especially if you are drawn to the social justice message of the Gospel. A message that screams out in the face of structural injustice
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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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