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Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life Paperback – April 16, 2004
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I am an older (64) counseling/industrial/ organizational psychologist and currently specialize is exceutive coaching. Books like this help me create and sustain the most fulfilling work I have ever done.
The book is simply three short mediations on solitude, action and community. I have read it many times, given it to my children and family, and highly recommend it to all who need to pause in the midst of life to focus on what their life is all about. I will use it this year at a retreat for men in April.
A few other books I currently recommend to clients and friends along with Out of Solitude are: Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer; The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle; and Stopping by David Kundtz.
Nouwen was a gifted priest, healer, and shining light of faith, hope and love in a time of confusing worldwide transitions. He will be missed and he left a great legacy.
I've read it 20 or more times in the last year. It's an easy read...30 minutes to read the whole book. I have bought if for friends of mine who are in ministry and friends who are looking for a closer relationship with the Savior. Words can't give this book justice. Tremendous book from a guy who knows and loves Christ.
It is a great book. This little book slowly, bit by bit, through 3 meditations on Christ, directs my mind from the "secular world" to Christ. It draws me to silence, to face myself, to God, and to caring for others and hope for the future.
It takes me to a journey and after that, I am filled with constance and strength.
Henri also shows people how to be glad by applying the example of jesus to your life. Also, to deal with the challenges which God applies for you, only to make youself stronger.
I find it amazing that he could put all this very enlighting material into this very short read. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about life. To various people who want to find the ticket to extreme happiness, this book is for you!
If you have faced these questions, then reflecting on Henri Nouwen’s Out of Solitude may help.
Many want to know God better and cultivate a loving relationship with Him. If that is our desire, then Out of Solitude discusses how Jesus related to God during his earthly ministry.
In three meditations, Nouwen first demonstrated how Jesus took time out during his busy earthly life to spend time alone with God. Then he shows how solitude actually leads us to care and community. In the third meditation, Nouwen shows how, out of solitude, we experience patience and joy through expectation of God's presence now and in the future.
This booklet may be short--you can breeze through it in 30 minutes or less. But it would be a mistake if that's all you do with it. If cultivating intimacy with God is important to you, meditate about solitude with God through this book will show you why and how.
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Quick read. Strong words. Encourages deeper thought. Read it again and again until you get it. It's worth it. Invest.Published 3 months ago by shelbylabre smith
Wow. I'm so moved by this book. I feel like I could read it 100 times and still not uncover all the meaning.Published 5 months ago by connie gregor
As always, I enjoyed the insights and wisdom of Nouwen. I love solitude because it teaches so loudly.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Simple, clear truth concerning the importance of solitude and how it relates to Christian action.Published 6 months ago by JG
Henri J. M. Nouwen draws from the teachings of Jesus taken from the Gospels for the three meditations on the Christian Life in his book “Out of Solitude. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Richard R. Blake
One of my all-time Nouwen-favorites, about how better to understand the practices of solitude, care and expectation.Published 15 months ago by Joe Freeman