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Starred Review. It's a little jarring to see a new book from an author who's been dead for 10 years. Yet these clearly are the words and teachings of Nouwen, prepared by two people close to him when he was alive (Rebecca Laird and Michael Christensen). Much like Nouwen's Making All Things New, this is by a spiritual master for everyday people longing to be closer to God. It is not about how to become a spiritual friend, mentor or director, but focuses on ways individuals can find their spiritual direction in the broadest possible sense. Although there is an essay on what a spiritual director does, there is much more about how to pray, practice solitude and overcome the fears that keep us from knowing ourselves as God's beloved. Many Christians who struggle with the image of a punishing God will appreciate the section on becoming attentive to and working with our image of God. Following each chapter there is a recommended spiritual practice and questions to ponder. This is a brilliant addition to Nouwen's canon of work as a writer and will enrich both longtime Nouwen fans and newcomers to his wisdom. (June)
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“Read this book and you will understand why I chose Henri Nouwen as a companion on my own spiritual journey.” (Bill Moyers)See all Editorial Reviews
Henri Nouwen is easy to read and very profound. I read and re-read his books often.Published 2 months ago by Dianna Andrews
I enjoyed the book, but one needs to know right off the bat that this is a compilation of unpublished texts and letters and not a book written by this author. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard S. Reynolds
Every page is wonderful. Henri Nouwen is the best teacher ever!!!Published 7 months ago by Ann from The Bronx
I recomend this read for anyone who wants a deeper life of prayer and direction in their walk with Christ. It just might change the way think about all your relationships. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kurt Hemingway
Excellent insights on ways to propel the spiritual journey to greater union with Christ. Many Thomas Merton and Mother Theresa perspectives integrated as well.Published 9 months ago by Retired in PA