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The Heart of Henri Nouwen: His Words of Blessingby Henri Nouwen
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Henri Nouwen is considered one of the greatest spiritual writers of our day and is without question one of the best-selling, with titles such as Life of the Beloved and Return of the Prodigal Son to his name. He taught at Harvard, Yale, and Notre Dame. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Nouwen's birth, Crossroad is issuing this remarkable anthology of the best of the writings of Nouwen, along with insights from people who knew him in person. Key themes in these writings include: a personal relationship with God, suffering, and living for others. Henri Nouwen on suffering: "My own experience with anguish has been that facing it and living it through, is the way to healing. But I cannot do that on my own. I need someone to keep me standing in it, to assure me that there is peace beyond the anguish, life beyond death and love beyond fear. But I know now, at least, that attempting to avoid, repress, or escape the pain is like cutting off a limb that could be healed with proper attention. "The deep truth is that our human suffering need not be an obstacle to the joy and peace we so desire, but can become, instead, the means to it. The great secret of the spiritual life...is that everything we live, be it gladness or sadness, joy or pain, health or illness, can all be part of the journey toward the full realization of our humanity."
A celebration of one of the great spiritual writers of our time covers the best of Henri Nouwen's writings on suffering, living for others, and his relationship with God.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Nouwen's birth, Crossroad issued this anthology of the best of Henri Nouwen from our list. This volume focuses on the three themes that were closest to his own heart: hope in suffering, a personal relationship with God, and living for others.
Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932-1996), the author of "Life of the Beloved" and "Return of the Prodigal Son," is considered one of the great spiritual writers. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of his birth, Crossroad is issuing this anthology of the best of Nouwen, along with insights from those who knew him.
Table of Contents
Affirm the truth — Seek community — Give thanks — Listen in prayer — Cultivate presence — Befriend your brokenness — Put your brokenness under the blessing — Give in life — Give in death — Have heart.
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