Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen

Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen

by Michael W. Higgins
     
 

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This illustrated biography presents the life and legacy of Henri Nouwen through interviews with his friends and family, including his brother Laurent, l'Arche founder Jean Vanier, author Robert Ellsberg, and writer Ronald Rolheiser. The book was conceived as a companion volume to a CBC radio series airing in September 2012, to mark the anniversary of Nouwen's

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This illustrated biography presents the life and legacy of Henri Nouwen through interviews with his friends and family, including his brother Laurent, l'Arche founder Jean Vanier, author Robert Ellsberg, and writer Ronald Rolheiser. The book was conceived as a companion volume to a CBC radio series airing in September 2012, to mark the anniversary of Nouwen's untimely death at the age of sixty-four. An extensive photo section is included.

Coauthor Kevin Burns: "This book is an exploration of ideas about spirituality, about vulnerable mental health, and about 'becoming' more fully what we are compelled to be. It's about parents and children of all ages, it's about asking for help and what you do with that help once it's offered. It's about discovering new strength in your weaknesses. And all of that within the context of Nouwen's overarching reminder about all creation's link to the Creator."

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Publishers Weekly
Henri Nouwen was one of the most prolific and creative spiritual writers of the 20th century. Higgins and Burns, creators of a documentary about Nouwen's life scheduled for broadcast in September, fittingly offer an honest and profound examination told primarily from the perspective of those who knew him best. While he acquired tens of thousands of fans, Nouwen was plagued with self-doubt and anguish. His intense desire for emotional intimacy, combined with an unfolding self-awareness of his homosexuality, often bound the writer up, leaving him struggling with how to live an authentic life as a Catholic priest. Even so, the collection of dear friends Nouwen attracted during his life is most impressive. While the string of quotations from these folks can get tiresome, it also leaves no doubt about the love and respect so many felt for this humble and vulnerable soul. Ultimately, it was Nouwen's life challenges and ability to love deeply that made him such a gifted writer with an ability to connect with everyday people. (Sept. 4)
Library Journal
Writer and Catholic priest Henri Nouwen (The Return of the Prodigal Son) was and remains one of the most beloved figures in contemporary spirituality. This brief examination of his life shows, in line with other recent revelations about Nouwen (including from some of his most personal writings) that all the light and joy he brought to readers and friends scarcely touched the misery, depression, and sexual confusion that darkened his days. Higgins (Suffer the Children Unto Me) is Nouwen's official biographer, and he is laudably clear about his subject's strengths and weaknesses. VERDICT The sad story of a remarkable life, this book should appeal to many seekers, but may come as a shock to Nouwen's less-informed readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587682872
Publisher:
Paulist Press
Publication date:
01/16/2013
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
671,026
File size:
3 MB

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