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About the Author

Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996) was the author of With Open Hands, Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, Making All Things New, and many other bestsellers. He was the senior pastor of L’Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada, a community where men and women with mental disabilities and their assistants create a home for one another.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849945097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849945090
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Timothy Jones did an excellent job compiling and editing this Henri Nouwen book. I highly recommend this book to everyone - whether you're going through a time of mourning or helping a friend through a difficult time. This is a book that helps one recognize a deeper relationship with God - making Him known even in the most difficult times when you think He is nowhere near. Nouwen is on point when he says not to bury yourself in busy-ness. You don't learn anything from this time of mourning if you don't experience it. Don't dwell in it - but learn from it. I'm a Stephen Leader at my church and will be recommending it to all of our Stephen Ministers to help them in their caring relationships.
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This is a powerful book for anyone, but it is especially powerful for those of us who are suffering loss or see ourselves in difficult circumstances wondering if God really cares about us. I had been given this book several years ago by a family member, but had never read it. Recently, while my wife and I were doing some home library reshuffling, I came across it and read a few pages and was gripped by it's authenticity and clarity. The idea of inviting Jesus into my wounds and suffering so that He could heal me was especially liberating. And it became abundantly clear that God did, indeed, care about those of us who suffer loss when I gave away my copy of Nouwen's book to a friend who had suffered a recent loss through a miscarriage.

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.
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This is an amazing book. I found it to be very validating to my life experience. The best part is that it gives a beautiful and enlightening look at suffering and puts it in perspective in the larger picture. Living in a culture that doesn't like to acknowledge suffering (or that considers it to be 'I didn't get the color of BMW that I wanted') this helps one process his/her deeply felt grief. I highly recommend it.
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Henri Nouwen was a Catholic Priest. He was Dutch born and was a child during Hitler’s occupation of his country. He was a student at Aloysius College in The Hague, a Yale/Harvard lecturer and scholar. He also studied psychology at The University of Chicago.

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.
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I recently lost 5 people I have known and loved. Too many for one year. This book offered a good perspective and healing from the pain. I could read it several times and believe I would get something new each time.
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I discovered this book at a very low point in my life. I believe it was God's way of pulling me back to sanity and stability. Nouwen's "spirituality of brokenness" speaks to everyone who feels hopeless, alone, and lost. I have since given the book to others who are going through painful times. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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