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Spiritual Direction


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Henri J.M. Nouwen was a world-renowned spiritual guide, counselor, and bestselling author of over forty books that many today consider spiritual classics. He taught at the universities of Harvard, Yale, and Notre Dame before becoming the senior pastor of L'Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada, a community where men and women with intellectual disabilities and their assistants create a home for one another.


It's a little jarring to see a new book from an author who's been dead for 10 years. Yet these clearly are the words and teachings of Nouwen, prepared by two people close to him when he was alive (Rebecca Laird and Michael Christensen). Much like Nouwen's Making All Things New, this is by a spiritual master for everyday people longing to be closer to God. It is not about how to become a spiritual friend, mentor or director, but focuses on ways individuals can find their spiritual direction in the broadest possible sense. Although there is an essay on what a spiritual director does, there is much more about how to pray, practice solitude and overcome the fears that keep us from knowing ourselves as God's beloved. Many Christians who struggle with the image of a punishing God will appreciate the section on becoming attentive to and working with our image of God. Following each chapter there is a recommended spiritual practice and questions to ponder. This is a brilliant addition to Nouwen's canon of work as a writer and will enrich both longtime Nouwen fans and newcomers to his wisdom. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Nouwen, beloved author of The Wounded Healer and many other books, died in 1996 and in fact wrote only one brief article on the subject of spiritual direction. This brief posthumous anthology represents a careful combing through his published and unpublished writings that, considered together, make a kind of course in spiritual direction. Also included are exercises adapted from Nouwen as well as hints on finding a spiritual director and further reading by the editors. Nouwen is enduringly popular, and this adaptation of his insights should give new application to his writing for both individuals and communities. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Read this book and you will understand why I chose Henri Nouwen as a companion on my own spiritual journey."--Bill Moyers

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