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Turn My Mourning into Dancing Paperback – June 29, 2004
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Shortly thereafter, I ordered four copies from Amazon. One copy to finish reading the book for myself and three others to share. In just over a month, all of my copies are gone! And the response from friends and family who have received copies of Turn My Mourning into Dancing has been equally amazing. Through this book, you will see a framework for a biblical doctrine of suffering, you will see that suffering is not about judgement, but is about the Father's great love for us. Nouwen shares the secrets that were life-changing to him has he sojourned here on earth. Every page reveals another layer of God's methodical work of grace and mercy in our lives as He conforms us into the image of His Son Jesus.
I have given to friends at funerals, at their homes, and sent it through the mail. So, my suggestion stands, read this book and give it away. Mourn with Jesus over your sin and watch as he heals your woundedness.
This book is a collection of writings taken from his archives. His last vocation was at a place called Daybreak L'Arche community in Toronto Canada. This was a community for severely physically and mentally handicapped people. Here he left his books and his lectures behind to became “a cup of living water” as Christ shows us how.
Now. The title of the book comes from Psalm 30:11
“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.”
Also, the book echoes along these lines from Isaiah 61 …
“…To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
Then Matthew 5:4 from the beatitudes where Jesus blesses those who mourn “for they shall be comforted, speaks to Nowen’s discourse in this book too.
It was while he was at Daybreak, surrounded by an onslaught of suffering humanity that he began to form a new thought about suffering and healing.
“I realized that healing begins with our taking our pain out of its diabolic isolation and seeing that whatever we suffer, we suffer in communion with all of humanity, and yes, all of creation. In so doing we become participants in the great battle against the powers of darkness. Our little lives participate in something larger.Read more ›
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