- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (November 21, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060663596
- ISBN-13: 978-0060663599
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith is a devotional containing meditations for every day of the year. Henry Nouwen begins the book by honing in on everyday experiences and objects. His reflection on the spiritual significance of mealtime, for instance, renders breakfast a revelatory hour:
The table is one of the most intimate places in our lives. It is there that we give ourselves to one another. When we say, "Take some more, let me serve you another plate, let me pour you another glass...," we say a lot more than our words express. We invite our friends to become part of our lives. We want them to be nurtured by the same food and drink that nurture us. We desire communion.As the year progresses, Nouwen's focus shifts to the person of Jesus, the nature of the Church, and, finally, to the eternal life that is facilitated, in part, by books of wisdom like this one. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Henri Nouwen shares personal moments, teaching moments, sacramental moments-moments of delight and surprise for anyone who cares to commune with him-and the One to whom he points each day of this journey. What a gift for us all! Bread for the Journey nourishes the soul." -- Fred Rogers, host and creator of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood
"How graced we are to have Henri Nouwen's bread to break at the beginning of each day. He has combined the flour, water, and yeast of his heart to provide us with loaves of wisdom to nourish us." -- Christopher de Vinck, author of Simple Wonders
"On the long road it's good to have Nouwen and his divining rod. Deftly he bends toward the drop of spiritual wisdom caked in the most ordinary things." -- Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of Dead Man Walking
"Reading his thoughts is like probing a diamond mine: each page lays bare another gem. Faithful followers will not only enjoy reading this latest spiritual masterpiece, but will find themselves reflecting on his thoughts long after they have finished the book." -- Fr. Joseph F. Girzone, author of Joshua
"[This] daily companion...offers faith in plain speech, solid nourishment of the soul." -- Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota and The Cloister Walk --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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On May 14, 2006, I called my husband and asked him to come in my office. I said, "Tom, you must come hear this!" and he did. I read the following to him:
"Praying to Die Well
Many people say, "I am not afraid of death, but I am afraid of dying." This is quite understandable, since dying often means illness, pain, dependency, and loneliness.
The fear of dying is nothing to be ashamed of. It is the most human of all human fears. Jesus himself entered into that fear. In his anguish "sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood" (Luke 22:44). How must we deal with our fear of dying? Like Jesus we must pray that we may receive special strength to make the great passage to new life. Then we can trust that God will send us an angel to comfort us, as he sent an angel to Jesus."
Beautiful, right? Very beautiful. Less than 6 hours later, my husband, while having a late lunch with me, sitting at our table, physically died - without pain, just left planet earth. I quickly called to him, "Tom, Tom, remember Henri this morning. Remember him! You have an angel to comfort you, remember this morning?" He was gone.
So you know how much I believe this man, this Henri Nouwen, is timely. I am Catholic but he has long been the favorite of many of my Protestant friends. This book is for everyone. You must own it.
Each day's reading in *Bread for the Journey* is a short letter of sorts, a little note to live by. They're small reminders that say, "Don't forget who you are and the family who is with you."
The daily sections are short and easy to read; they're a wonderful way to start the day. In my case, I read them beside Scripture and prayer and let Henri's words weave the life of Scripture and prayer together. For me, it's like I'm watching my grandfather live the spiritual life and speak about it right beside me, every morning. I read Scripture and then hear his voice, his thoughts before dawn.
"Bread for the Journey" is perhaps his best--a day-by-day opportunity to have contact with Our Maker, to appreciate our blessings, to come to grips with our flaws, to seek forgiveness for mistaken choices, and to use our gifts to serve others.
Fr. Nouwen's book is indeed what its title states...Bread for the Journey!