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Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life Paperback – August 5, 1986
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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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Some Christians say that when you find yourself burnt out and needy, you should go back to the basics. They offer no new solutions, and point you back to daily quiet times and church attendance and service. But here is a book that offers a completely new and refreshing look at God and life. It offers a chance to slow down, to deal with your own heart and soul before rushing to "perform" as a Christian should. Nouwen shows that only when we take time to love and hear ourselves, to become comfortable with who we are and be content with solitute, only after those steps are taken can we reach out to others in true love. We simply must love ourselves and deal with our hurts and needs before we can help and learn from others.
We often reach out to others when we are hurting. We are afraid to deal alone with our needs. We are desperately seeking someone or something to drown out our own voice, to give us new answers. We watch television, listen to music, read books, socialize. This book points us back into ourselves. For we are indeed God's children, and the Spirit is in us. When we learn to be still, we can offer that very stillness and peace to others. We can commune with God in prayer. We can break the illusions of business, of our circumstance ruling us. And we can once again be in touch with ourselves, others, and our God.
This is a life-changing, pain-shattering book. In these pages, we meet the Healer, the God who loves us infinitely and takes the time to fill us up and heal our wounds. We meet the God who gives us the peace to live a centered life, not a chaotic one.
Nouwin's perceptive and astute words described my experience so well. "...we constantly find ourselves clinging to people, books, events, experiences, projects and plans, secretly hoping that this time it will be different. We keep experimenting with many types of anesthetics, we keep finding "psychic numbing" often more agreeable than the sharpening of our inner sensitivities."
His prompting to turn loneliness into solitude where I can possible hear myself and God has been like water in the desert to me. I look forward to the time usually each day where I set the timer and try to empty my mind of noise and hopefully "descend with the mind into the heart"
If you are serious about walking in Jesus's steps, try "Reaching Out". Your walk with God will never be the same.
As a novice in my spiritual development, I have found this book to be a very useful guide.
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This is my second order of 7 or more books. The first time I read the book I loved it so much that I bought some to give away. My current order is for a book study with women. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a transformative read. Every time I read this book, I felt encouraged to change and grow and love others well.Published 18 days ago
I think this book can help to live with Life in the world where sadness is common! It is full of life!Published 1 month ago by Casimiro
Very good and direct to Gods Desires for us when having stressful eventsPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Henri Nouwen is a gifted man. His writing convicts my heart and sends me on the straight path to Jesus Christ. I was blessed by this book.Published 3 months ago by matt lacey
Gives you a lot of time to think about other people that are not in your circle of friends.
How will I bring them into my circle? Read more
In this book, Henri Nouwen outlines a way to move to a greater spirituality for the individual and community. His words ring ever more true today than when first written. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe Kruse
This book has made a profound impact on my life. I've read thousands of books in my eighteen year academic journey, but few have made an impact as this one ("A Tale of Three... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alfonso Gilbert