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Product Details

  • Series: The Path
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company (February 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824520017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824520014
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,125,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bethany McKinney Fox on March 4, 2002
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This book is short--very short. You could easily read it in less than half and hour. But don't let the length fool you. The Path of Freedom is a typical Henri Nouwen book where he cuts right to the heart of the matter: the struggle we experience to let go of the things that bind us and keep us from being truly who we were created to be in this world and how to begin NOW to live out the freedom that we as Christians will have in the next. In wonderful Nouwen fashion, he speaks more to our hearts about who God is and who we are rather than giving practical, tangible advice. Henri bares his soul to us in this book, and talks about the main struggles in his life (related to his belovedness/identity) in the context of an accident that brought him close to death. This, like almost every Nouwen book, is a shining example of what it looks like to truly be a wounded healer. He uses his struggles and vulnerability to point us towards the Goodness of God and the True path of Freedom.
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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 .