The Wounded Healer

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The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced ...

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The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society

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Overview

The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings — a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister. It is his contention that ministers are called to recognize the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering — in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience, The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385148030
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1979
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 120,101
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Four Open Doors
Ch. I Ministry in a Dislocated World: The Search of Nuclear Man 1
Ch. II Ministry for a Rootless Generation: Looking into the Fugitive's Eyes 23
Ch. III Ministry to a Hopeless Man: Waiting for Tomorrow 49
Ch. IV Ministry by a Lonely Minister: The Wounded Healer 79
Conclusion: A Forward Thrust 97
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2002

    Compassionate and Healing

    This book refects the journey of human grace. All of us go through challenging times in our life. Our hearts break, we are hurt, and yet, we find strength to move forward. This strength to move forward is the essence of this book written to reveal the nature of one's soul's capacity to rise above ourselves and find peace in God.

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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    A must read

    This book is a must read for anyone who is a caregiver or a 'listener'. Not only does the book help you to help others, it explains not only how but why we each should look after ourselves so that we can be more effective in helping our loved ones.

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