15 Days of Prayer with Henri Nouwen

15 Days of Prayer with Henri Nouwen

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by Robert Waldron
     
 

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Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) is considered one of the greatest spiritual masters of the modern age. Born, educated and ordained in Holland, he came to America as a professor of pastoral theology. Invited by Jean Vanier to join his mission to help the handicapped, Nouwen left academia behind to become pastor of L'Arche Daybreak, a home for the disabled in Toronto. There

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Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) is considered one of the greatest spiritual masters of the modern age. Born, educated and ordained in Holland, he came to America as a professor of pastoral theology. Invited by Jean Vanier to join his mission to help the handicapped, Nouwen left academia behind to become pastor of L'Arche Daybreak, a home for the disabled in Toronto. There, among God's wounded, he found a home and his greatest happiness. A heart attack cut short his rich life as writer, lecturer and priest.

Nouwen drew standing room only audiences, who flocked to hear his message that we are God's beloved children, that God is the One of unconditional love who loves us now, with no strings attached. His many books are arrows pointing towards this love, reminding Christians of the timeless message that Christ came into the world not to blame but to love.

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Religious Studies Review
Waldron's valuable book leads the reader through fifteen prayer periods with Nouwen as a spiritual companion to achieve a more intimate relationship with God. The reader is meant to navigate this work with three rules in mind: 1) reading in an atmosphere that allows for reflection without distraction; 2) reading during a time when one is most receptive to meditation and reflection; and, most importantly, 3) allowing for the freedom to accept oneself without judgment. Following an introduction as well as an account of Nouwen's life and spiritual practice, this book is divided into fifteen chapters that interweave Nouwen's spiritual teachings and his love of visual art. Each chapter ends with thoughtful reflection questions and calls the reader to participate in meditation and prayer on a specified topic. Particularly noteworthy are Waldron's chapters on 'The Cup of Life' and 'Writing,' where the reader is invited to embrace the life given by God and to seek an emotional outlet that allows one to recharge and discover one's latent abilities. This book constitutes a good primer for individuals seeking to enhance their spiritual life. It is accessible to both beginners and seasoned meditators alike, and would be a great asset to individuals, parishes, and retreat centers.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565483248
Publisher:
New City Press NY
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
15 Days of Prayer
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.60(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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