- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (December 2, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345463358
- ISBN-13: 978-0345463357
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence Paperback – December 2, 2003
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“In these increasingly more sound polluted and frenetic years, Henri Nouwen’s simple words about the prayer of the heart will be helpful for all who seek to turn from the complex wiles of the world to the simplicity of the love of God.”
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Since it was first published more than twenty years ago, "The Way of the Heart has helped millions of men and women cast off the anger and greed that trouble the world-and find love, compassion, and peace in the heart of God.
Inspired by the ancient teachings of St. Anthony and the Desert Fathers, "The Way of the Heart clears before us a spiritual path consisting of three stepping-stones: Solitude (learning not to be alone but to be alone with God); Silence (the discipline by which the inner fire of God is tended and kept alive); and Prayer (standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart).
Distinguished theologian Henri Nouwen brilliantly illuminates each of these disciplines. In reflections that are beautifully clear and practical, as uplifting on the fourth reading as on the first, he helps us separate the wheat from the chaff in our spiritual lives-and reconnects us with what truly matters.
Within this one small book lies the most relevant and inspiring challenge that we shall ever face: to surrender the compulsive noise of the world for the way of the heart that leads us to God.
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I purchased this book having spent a number of months seeking to do more of all 3. For too long I've thought communing with God was a reflection of how many experiences I have of Him, whatever form they may take. However, I no longer seek the experiences OF Him rather to experience Him.
Nouwen's reflections of the "Desert Fathers" ( who lived in the Egyptian desert during the 4th and 5th centuries) lifestyle are a wonderful summary of how we can experience more of Him.
At times it was a challenging read as I couldn't immediately grasp some of the concepts presented, however, sometimes we need to allow ourselves to soak in new ideas so they can in-fill us over time. However, these few words are a great summary of the essence of the book:
"The Desert Fathers did not think of solitude as being alone, but as being alone with God. They did not think of silence as not speaking, but as listening to God. Solitude and silence are the context within which prayer is practiced. Prayer is standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart."
I especially like a book that leaves me unsatisfied in a good way. It has made me thirsty for more. Especially to better understand how to pray with my mind in my heart.
It's sub-100 pages in length but allow time for the few words to distill in your heart.
His book, The Way of the Heart, is a respite from all our distractions by opening up the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mother for our generations. He leads one through the basic spirituality of the Desert and breaks it down into three components -- solitude, silence, and prayer. He doesn't assume that any of us can fully step away from our lives as he didn't. So he gives some concrete ideas for each of us to use to be able to listen to God by pulling ourselves away from the noise, being silent with God, and entering contemplative prayer.
I highly recommend this book. It is short enough to read multiple times. My book is now highly underlined and commented in as it sparked many thoughts as I read it.
I love how JP Moreland suggests reading anything of Nouwen: Read it slowly. In as few words as possible, Nouwen packs a punch that leaves marks on your soul. If you read it too fast, you'll miss so much of the depth. This is one of those rare books that you'll want to read over and over again in your devotionals.