in our worldwe often get distracted and listen to voices other
than the voice of God.
“If we want to be disciples of Jesus, we have to live a disciplined
life,” Nouwen asserts. In the spiritual life, discipline requires
conscious effort to keep every area in life from being filled. It
means creating space in one’s life for God.
Nouwen identifies 3 essential disciplines for maintaining a life of
discipleship: solitude, community, and ministry.
In solitude, disciples learn to listen to God through prayer. They
come to realize they are beloved sons and daughters of God.
In community they learn to celebrate and practice vulnerability
and forgiveness. After they have experienced solitude and
community, disciples feel God’s call to minister to a hurting
world. God empowers them to do amazing things.
This encouraging, insightful book inspires Christians to practice
solitude, community, and ministry. The result, Nouwen promises,
is a fruitful, Spirit-filled life.
About the Author
Henri Nouwen was an internationally renowned author, respected professor, and beloved pastor who wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. Since his death in 1996, an increasing number of readers, writers, and researchers have been a racted to his writing legacy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A short devotional emphasizing discipline and discipleship within three aspects of spirituality: solitude, community, and ministry. Within solitude, communion and listening is explored; within community, the need for forgiveness and celebration; within ministry, gratitude and compassion. The author concludes with the story of the river and the need for surrendering to the greater power of God.The author provides many valuable insights. The suggestion that solitude--time alone in prayer, meditation, and study, time alone with God--must come before community and ministry is quite beneficial. The author's understanding of the need for community and to go out to minister while remaining part of said community is also profitable. A worthwhile and meaningful devotional resource.**--galley received as part of early review program.
A Spirituality of Living by Henri J.M. NouwenBeautiful and encouraging are the best descriptors for this small but weighty volume. Using a couple Scripture passages, Henri Nouwen guides us peacefully to an understanding of how to live a fruitful life. He directs the reader to an understanding of where prayer and contemplation meet ministry. He helps the reader understand why "busy" and "success" leave a person empty and lonely. He explains our need to forgive and be forgiven for not being able to live up to expectations of love and friendship. He calls for a life/ministry of compassion and fruitfulness. This is a rich, densely packed, easily read gift from a very loving heart. Beyond recommendation, I encourage open, contemplative reading.