The list author says: "The idea of the false self and the true self are concepts addressed in Theology. We begin life with a very imaginative view of the world. As we grow up we develop a sense of control over ourselves and our surroundings creating the false self. Later in life, the spiritual journey begins with the realization that we are not in control of our life and that God is. It is through prayer and contemplation we rediscover who we truly are."
"Merton paints himself as a bit of a "contemplative snob" setting himself above the people who can't sit still long enough to come to any real sense of their true self. It gave me a spiritual inferiority complex."
"What a fascinating book. Nouwen describes how he sees himself in each of the three characters of the famous parable. The rebellious younger brother, the resentful older brother and the forgiving father. The moral of the story is that a sense of "trust and gratitude" overcomes feelings of resentment."
"So many of Nouwen's books have prayers or ideas that fill just a page or two. They are perfect to read and reflect upon and discuss. We can acknowledge our innermost failings and weaknesses and grow into a greater sense of dependance on God."
"There are four tools to approaching problems constructively: delaying gratification, accepting responsibility, dedication to reality and balancing. I was with him up until "dedication to reality" and realized that here the author excludes the possibility of walking in faith."