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The inspirational writings of Henri Nouwen have touched millions of readers all over the world, and since his death in September 1996, widespread recognition of their enduring value has continued to grow. Now, after being unavailable for several years, Nouwen's Clowning in Rome is available again as an Image trade paperback. In this classic account of the time he spent in Rome, Nouwen offers reflections and spiritual insight characteristic of his best works. During the months in Rome, it wasn't the red cardinals or the Red Brigade who had the most impact on Nouwen, but the little things that took place between the great scenes. In some ways, Nouwen discovered, the real and true story was told by the clowns he often saw in the city streets. In his own words, from the Introduction to Clowning in Rome: "The clowns are not the center of events. They appear between the great acts, fumble and fall and make us smile again after the tensions created by the heroes we came to admire. The clowns don't have it together--they are awkward, out of balance and left-handed, but--they are on our side. The clowns remind us with a tear and a smile that we are sharing the same human weakness. The longer I was in Rome, the more I enjoyed the clowns, those peripheral people who by their humble, saintly lives evoke a smile and awaken hope, even in a city terrorized by kidnapping and street violence." --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication date : November 20, 2013
- File size : 1757 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 130 pages
- Publisher : Image (November 20, 2013)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00G8ELSLC
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #241,035 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The first couple of chapters were great. Drawing upon the image of clowns, Nouwen talks about the characters life and how they can be the real show even when they are on the sidelines, similar to clowns at the circus. I thoroughly enjoyed his discussion on solitude and its effect on the individual and the community. Who were are in solitude helps us understand who were are not and how God works with us, things that we can take into community.
The other topics in the book are dull and boring. I was looking forward to his chapter on celibacy however if he admits that he avoids the more obvious questions.
In the end, it's still a good read, but not a life changer or a thinker.
Nouwen writes with such warmth and conviction. He is genuinely concerned with the reader's relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and he writes to offer encouragement and comfort. I found that when I read this book I would often breathe a sigh of relief or say out loud, "Thank you God for Henri Nouwen." The portion on "Unceasing Thoughts/Unceasing Prayer" (pgs 65-75) deeply affected me. Without realizing it, our minds are usually running a mile a minute; we think about ourselves, our desires, our past mistakes, etc. without ever slowing down. This mental confusion plagues us, and Nouwen teaches that we can turn such unceasing thinking into unceasing praying by confessing ALL of our thoughts, fantasies, and sins to our loving God. A constant conversation opens us up to Him and frees us. God wants to lead us out of our "fearful isolation into a fearless conversation with God" (71). I needed to read this book when I did.