The Wounded Healer

The Wounded Healer

by Henri J. M. Nouwen


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ISBN-13: 9780385148030
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1979
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 58,638
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Henri J.M. Nouwen was a Catholic priest who taught at several theological institutes and universities in his home country of the Netherlands and in the United States. He shared the final years of his life with people with mental and physical disabilities at the L'Arche Daybreak Community in Torronto, Canada. He died in 1996. He authored many books on the spiritual lfie,including Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, and The Return of the Prodial Son

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The Wounded Healer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Kat073144 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Bob1438 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Thoughtful and insightful.
LTW on LibraryThing 3 months ago
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.
peacemover on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This powerfully written, yet simple book changed my life! In "The Wounded Healer," Nouwen addresses one of the main challenges of the human condition- our weaknesses. These wounds, as Nouwen refers to them, are so often viewed as sources of shame and guilt for us. He reminds us all, however, that these wounds, can be transformed into strengths, if we will allow them to be. By accepting that we are human and addressing our human weaknesses, we can then turn them into helpful resources to extend the gift of emotional healing to others. Because, in order to reach people, we need a point of connection. We can all relate to experiences of emotional woundedness, and within appropriate relational boundaries, they can become instruments of healing.Nouwen shares several stories, and conversations that he had with persons going through various experiences of emotional woundedness. One of the most poignant of these was a visit he made to a man who was about to go in for surgery to have a leg amputated. By offering himself as a compassionate listener, he was able to help the man find peace in the midst of a devastating loss.A point of clarification that Nouwen makes well is that becoming a wounded healer does not mean that we dump all of our problems on people, or seek to wear them like badges. Instead, by being aware of our woundedness, and facing it, we can become more sensitized to the needs of the people around us- after all we are all subject to human imperfection.If you are ready to find hope and a renewed perspective on helping others- read this book! I would highly recommend "The Wounded Healer" to all persons in caring professions, as well as anyone who just want to find peace in the midst of human challenges.
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James-Keven More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, deeply profound and Spiritual. A great choice for anyone who wants a closer walk with our Life Guard--Christ. Within the very first will tell you...why this so very lost, Spiritually and morally!
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