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The Genesee Diary Paperback – March 1, 2008
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More About the Author
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 .
Top Customer Reviews
Once I started reading this diary I couldn't hardly put it down!
Definately one of the better books I have read in a long time.
Also very profound remarks in this book. I'm sure I'll be reading it again.
Upon re-reading it, I found I had considerably less patience for his litany of complaints. When he would complain about the boring daily work routine at the monastery--baking bread and gathering rocks for the church construction, for instance--I just wanted to tell him to get over it. Likewise, when he would complain that while he was in the monastery his many outside friends and acquaintances seemed to forget him, I wanted to tell him to get over himself. When I first read this book, I was college student; now, I am living in the "real" world with all of its demands and challenges. I am now somewhat annoyed by Nouwen's introspection and complaining.
When I read this thirty years ago, the references to Watergate and to the peace movement were news; now it's history, and those references make the material seem dated, even if the general themes of war and hunger haven't changed over time. Moreover, Nouwen's protestations against the injustice of hunger in a world of plenty seem hollow coming from a man on a monastic vacation. The monks, at least, were in it for life.
However that may be, there are still spiritual insights in the book that salvage the book for me.Read more ›
Through his time there, Nouwen discovers that the monastery is not built to solve problems, but to praise God in the midst of them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the most relevant books in my life. Henri Nouwen has been a guiding light for many of us who have been lucky enough to be graced by his presence in our lives. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dorothy McCabe
I have reread this little book many times and find it most valuable as my own "spiritual director."Published 2 months ago by Lotta Lee
This is a timeless classic of spiritual development that remains as relevant as the day it was published. A profound work yet so very readable..Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is the first book I have read by this author but it certainly won't be the last!Published 5 months ago by Claire G Jones
Loved it! As usual, Nouwen is inspirational. It sure helps to know a holy man went through all the struggles we do.Published 5 months ago by Angela B. Emerson