Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith

Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith

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by Henri J. M. Nouwen
     
 

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When beloved author Henri Nouwen set out to record this daybook of totally new reflections, he suddenly found himself on "a true spiritual adventure." For in these 366 original, interlocking morsels of daily wisdom, Nouwen provides both sustenance and a trail for us to follow, as he unveils, to his own surprise, his personal map of faith. From the delicate

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When beloved author Henri Nouwen set out to record this daybook of totally new reflections, he suddenly found himself on "a true spiritual adventure." For in these 366 original, interlocking morsels of daily wisdom, Nouwen provides both sustenance and a trail for us to follow, as he unveils, to his own surprise, his personal map of faith. From the delicate interplay of human experience to the surrender to Christ and the embrace of Christian community, that journey of Christian spirituality is explored and celebrated here in each eloquent, thought–provoking passage,

"The table is one of the most intimate places in our lives. It is there that we give ourselves to one another. When we say, 'Take some more, let me serve you another plate, let me pour you another glass, don't be shy, enjoy it,' we say a lot more than our words express. We invite our friends to become part of our lives. We want them to be nurtured by the same food and drink that nurture us. We desire communion.... Every breakfast, lunch, or dinner can become a time of growing communion with one another."

Intimately personal and inspiring, Bread for the Journey is a daily feast of fresh insight into the challenges and deep joys of a life lived in close communion with God. Nouwen is a wise, loving companion who invites us along as he finds joy in the community of loss, true freedom in forgiveness of others, and hope in surprising places. Each daily meditation is a stepping–stone along a path of private discovery, offering Nouwen's seasoned yet fresh ideas on kindness, love, suffering, and prayer, the Church as God's people, and the importance of Jesus in one's life–reflecting, as a whole, Nouwen's own 'personal creed.' Bread for the Journey brims with daily nourishment and guidance for devoted followers and new friends alike –– food for thought on a yearlong journey of discovery and faith.

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Extraordinary faith and unwavering dedication to the principles of hope, forgiveness, and compassion are exhibited in this powerfully inspirational book of Christian reflections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060663599
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/21/2006
Edition description:
Reprinted Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
102,206
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.37(h) x 1.04(d)

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January 1

Expecting a Surprise

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.

Meet the Author

Henri J.M. Nouwen was a world-renowned spiritual guide, counselor, and bestselling author of over forty books that many today consider spiritual classics. He taught at the universities of Harvard, Yale, and Notre Dame before becoming the senior pastor of L’Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada, a community where men and women with intellectual disabilities and their assistants create a home for one another.

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Bread for the Journey 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Henri Nouwen is one of the greats and I love having a short piece of wisdom daily.
jahelu More than 1 year ago
Henry Nouwen's daily devotionals are brief but packed with meaning. They are a wonderful five-minute-or-less addition to each day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nouwen has a way with saying a few words packed with pearls for living. He was a deep spiritual man and had the ability to share this through the written word. This is an excellent book for daily devotional reading
jfred More than 1 year ago
Nouwen's words of faith and hope bring the reader through the year with grace. The daily meditations are well written and just the right length to enrich daily faith. I love it, and have bought many copies for others.
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