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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Image Books; New edition edition (December 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385490496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385490498
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Selections from the books ( Reaching Out ; Genesse Diary ) and articles with which Nouwen, priest, social activist and spiritual mentor, has reached a popular audience are included in this collection that centers on the theme and universal application of hope. An introductory biographical overview covers 20 years of his public, diversified ministry. We learn of Nouwen's youth in a Dutch family, his seminary experience, professional appointments including stints at Yale and Harvard, missionary activity in South and Central America and, today, residence in a French community of handicapped persons. Nouwen brings fresh insights and contemporary interpretations to exploration of eternal verities in existential settings. Recording his own quest for vocation, "the voice he listens for in the silence of his heart," he touches similarly searching people through the grace and clarity of his expression.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Despite the number of Nouwen books recently reviewed here ( LJ 1/89; LJ 2/1/89), this fine new anthology merits special mention. Durback has organized the material around the themes of hope, which he sees as implicit in all Nouwen's reflections on human hungers; prayer; the mystery of Christ; and the challenges of living in a nuclear age. The introductory essay on the relationship between Nouwen's life and writing is excellent, and the selections (drawn from the full range of his work, including hitherto unpublished journals/essays) richly illustrate the yearning for deeper intimacy with God and with others that has moved so many Nouwen readers.-- EC
Copyright 1989 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sanford on June 21, 2000
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I happened upon this book, and was blown away at it's relevance to personal questions and issues that I had been pondering. Nouwen's understanding of the ebbs and flows of our humanity and our need for relationship with God and his community is exceptional, as is his honesty about his own journey through suffering and personal pain. This is an excellent book for those wanting to experience a closer relationship with God in a practical and authentic way. The editor did an excellent job of choosing short excerpts from Nouwen's writings and journals to present a tasteful collection of inspirational reading, palettable for short periods of reading time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2000
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If you need a spiritual uplift, a beacon of light in a sea of darkness, or just the warm voice of a friend on a lonely day, pick up "Seeds of Hope: A Henri Nouwen Reader" edited by Robert Durback. Henri Nouwen follows the age-old adage about writing, namely, "writing is simple: just take off your clothes." Henri Nouwen, like Jesus, exposes the wounds in his hands, his feet, and his side. He doesn't try to show you only the good stuff. He entrusts you with his fears, hopes, doubts, aspirations, failures and triumphs. Meanwhile, he is pointing away from himself, toward the Master, and also toward the ineffable being that is God.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julio C. Hernandez on June 4, 2001
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If you are just getting started in your readings with Henri Nouwent this is a good place to start. This is a great books because it is like a greatest hits album. Just sample some of Nouwen's writings in this book and from there you can choose what you want to read next. I have been reading Nouwen's books for the past three years and I really enjoy his writings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Szmutko VINE VOICE on May 10, 2000
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"Seeds of Hope" is an excellent introduction to the writings of this gifted man of God. The selections contained herein cover a range of related topics and each section is short enough to read in one brief sitting, yet substantive enough to provoke thought and discussion.
Nouwen was a man blessed with many talents: author, lecturer, intellectual. Yet, the gift that shines most clearly throughout his works is pastoral humility. He reminds the reader that thoughtful insight is valuable only if shared with graciousness and humor. Fortunately, most, if not all of his works remain in print. For those seeking an introduction to his inspirational writings, this is the book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony Theil on September 5, 2003
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Editor Robert Durback has gleaned the best of Nouwen's writings and successfully linked them together in a meaningful sequence creating a chain of inspirational thought. Seldom has the work of an editor paralleled that of the writer, but when it happens the end product is better than the sum of its parts.
Durback has harvested every resource of Nouwen's spiritual essays, taking excerpts from books, magazine articles, and unpublished journals. They touch upon the human journey in a personal, intimate style; a style that has made Nouwen one of the most widely read spiritual writers of the past century. In this anthology his essays define hope and they definately communicate hope in an inspiring manner. I don't feel that Nouwen ever acquired the hope he was seeking, but his desire to capture it for himself, as well as for others, was a lifelong pilgrimage of his. In his search, he shared with his readers the struggle and the ideal of nearing perfection.
Compassion was one grace Nouwen was not lacking and could be found in every topic he wrote about, whether expressed implicitly or explicitly. Here's a sample:
"Compassion lies at the heart of our prayer for our fellow human beings. When I pray for the world, I become the world; when I pray for the endless needs of the millions, my soul expands and wants to embrace them all and bring them into the presence of God....In praying for others, I lose myself and become the other, only to be found by the divine love which holds the whole of humanity in a compassionate embrace."
The second edition includes a 50 page Memorial Tribute that tells of Nouwen's life as a person and as a writer. There's also a great 18 page bibliography.
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