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Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith Hardcover – May 23, 2006
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While the book is meant to be an introduction to spiritual direction for a person interested in the subject, Nouwen's rich writing and his ability to speak to the heart will make this book a treasure for any reader. The book covers the basic topics that any book on spiritual direction should include. It begins with life's basic questions, looking at direction in life, the quest for God, and prayer. While the book is ecumenical in approach, Nouwen is indebted his roots in the Roman Catholic tradition. He does not mention different spiritual traditions specifically, e.g. Jesuit, Trappist, or Carmelite, but readers familiar with these approaches will see glimpses of each as well as Nouwen's unique ability to include the longing and goodness of humanity in general as a way of approaching God.
For most of Christian history, spiritual direction was practiced almost exclusively by clergy and religious, and more often than not, the spiritual director was the person's confessor.Read more ›
P.S. Read From acknowledgements all the way through or you may miss some insight.
Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932-1996) is a well known spiritual writer. He never did consider himself a spiritual director though he did receive and gave spiritual direction. He considered himself more as a spiritual companion. Nouwen did not write much on spiritual direction and spiritual formation. The core of his spiritual writing were on the heart, Word and church and was more about his inner own conversations, even though it continues to offer spiritual guidance to many of his readers.
In this book, the authors, drawing from both published and unpublished writings of Henri Nouwen set him up as a spiritual director. The chapters are designed in such a way that the reader is being engaged with a one way spiritual direction with Henri Nouwen. The chapters deals with questions that generally asked in spiritual direction such as "who am I?" and "who is God to me?" The answers are drawn from Nouwen's writings. Sometimes reading a passage may be jarring because the personal pronoun "I" is used. One expect to look up to see Nouwen sitting across the table!
The danger of such a book is that it will be inevitable that some of the authors' biasness and personal values be embedded in the choice and paraphrase of Nouwen's writings. Nevertheless it is a good book to read as it is the closest we can get to having Henri Nouwen as our spiritual director.
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This short book is definitely a book I would recommend to others to challenge them in the area of connecting with God and community. Read morePublished 2 months ago by @joemcfddn
The have the book as though Herni wrote it himself with his name on the book as author. When you actually read it is a collection of work and notes by Henri Nouwen that students... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful! I use this in spiritual direction with others. Henri Nouwen shared so many treasures with all of us. God rest his soul!Published 3 months ago by J. GILDELAMADRID
Henri Nouwen once again writes about how to listen to God in our spiritual lives.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
So many nuggets of wisdom in this book. I would recommend it for those beginning their journey as well as for those who have been in touch with God for years and years. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Maya
Henri Nouwen is easy to read and very profound. I read and re-read his books often.Published 10 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 11 months ago by Bookasuarus Rex