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Dutch-born Catholic priest Nouwen (Wounded Healer) died in 1996, but his impact and popularity have scarcely diminished; he is arguably the most popular Catholic writer since Thomas Merton. This is the last of three volumes (the others being Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Formation) carefully constructed from unpublished writings, including his coursework and journals, left at his death. Michael Christensen, who was a student of Nouwen’s, and Rebecca Laird have created a fine book that delves into the answers to questions of what a Christian should do with his/her life. To Nouwen, discernment went far beyond Christian decision-making and had to do with a sense of profound listening to others and to oneself for God-directed cues.
Verdict Nouwen’s gifts as a writer for the spirit rarely failed, and this posthumous volume is as valuable as his other writings; it should have a wide audience among Christians and other seekers.—Graham Christian, Pelham, MA
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