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The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society Paperback – February 2, 1979
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The Wounded Healer is Nouwen at his best .... the ideas it implants linger long after the book is read, and re-read. -- Best Sellers
"One of the world's greatest spiritual writers." --Christianity Today
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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 .
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By accepting that we are human and addressing our human weaknesses, we can then turn them into helpful resources to extend the gift of emotional healing to others. Because, in order to reach people, we need a point of connection. We can all relate to experiences of emotional woundedness, and within appropriate relational boundaries, they can become instruments of healing.
Nouwen shares several stories, and conversations that he had with persons going through various experiences of emotional woundedness. One of the most poignant of these was a visit he made to a man who was about to go in for surgery to have a leg amputated. By offering himself as a compassionate listener, he was able to help the man find peace in the midst of a devastating loss.
A point of clarification that Nouwen makes well is that becoming a wounded healer does not mean that we dump all of our problems on people, or seek to wear them like badges. Instead, by being aware of our woundedness, and facing it, we can become more sensitized to the needs of the people around us- after all we are all subject to human imperfection.
If you are ready to find hope and a renewed perspective on helping others- read this book! I would highly recommend "The Wounded Healer" to all persons in caring professions, as well as anyone who just want to find peace in the midst of human challenges.
Gratefully, Teri Lynn Schons
Every priest, minister, layperson or questioning individual should pick up this brief - yet poignant - account of what it is to relate to others in the modern world. Nouwen consistently cultivates the meaning of authentic relationships one must have between him/herself, God, and those met in life.
This is a must-read.
The part that spoke to me the most was 'if we can live our lives as authentically as Jesus lived his, then there are many ways to live like Christ'. This was a revelation, I no longer have to stand a street corners, etc. to live like Christ.
The good author is gone now, but his many books are available for us all. A very good alternative the usual a,b,c ... 1,2,3 stuff I was used to.
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Little hard to read... but towards the end it makes more sense, and becomes a very good book.Published 1 day ago by William Sweeney
Wounds appear differently to us all, feel different to each of us. This precise exploration of the nuances of woundedness is both touching and insightful.Published 21 days ago by Dr. Jane
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Henri J.M. Nouwen’s book, The Wounded Healer, is split into four chapters. Read more
Started off slow but left me wanting more. A must have to anyone in a pastoral care, counseling, or chaplaincy.Published 3 months ago by Marcus Halsey
Henri Nouwen opens his book, The Wounded Healer, by asking the question: What does it mean to be a minister in our contemporary society? (Nouwen pg.xv). Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. C. Fenn
I looked at this book after it arrived. I remember how this book was one of the 'suggested' readings from our 'soul-care' class this summer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Daniel Atkins