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Creative MinistryCreative Ministry
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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According to Henri Nouwen every Christian is a minister -- trying to live his life in the light of the gospel. Creative Ministry is a thoughtful examination of the various complex tasks that are a part of that way of life. Separate chapters treat each of the five areas that Nouwen considers the primary responsibilities of the minister: teaching, preaching, counseling, organizing, and celebrating. He shows how these main functions are inextricably tied to the minister's spiritual life and why they must be directed toward a creative dialogue with other Christians if they are to be rewarding. It is also essential, he maintains, that the minister leave himself open, take risks, and "lay down his life for his friends" in order to give new life. There is a great hunger for a new spirituality, observes Nouwen, a hunger that requires new and creative forms of ministry. Citing numerous examples from his rich experience, he offers practical advice for infusing daily pastoral work with meaning. The result is an insightful presentation and a resonant spiritual guide for every man and woman who wants to be of service.
     

 
The Way of the HeartThe Way of the Heart
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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The modern classic that interweaves the solitude, silence, and prayer of the fourth- and fifth-century Egyptian Desert Fathers and Mothers with our contemporary search for an authentic spirituality.
     

 

 
LifesignsLifesigns
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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Reissue of one of Nouwen's most beloved works. He outlines the invitation to intimacy, our call to fruitfulness, and the experience of ecstasy. Inspired by Nouwen's work at L'Arche, it demonstrates how the Gospel promise "that your joy may be full" can be realized here and now. 128 pages, softcover.
     

 
Intimacy: Essays in Pastoral PsychologyIntimacy: Essays in Pastoral Psychology
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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Writing from his vast experience as a pastoral counselor, Henri Nouwen addresses the basic question, "How can I find a creative and fulfilling intimacy in my relationship with God and my fellow human beings?" He conducts a rich and insightful exploration into the balance between intimacy and distance, the problems in trying to develop lasting and productive relationships on all levels, and the connections between intimacy and sexuality, prayer, faith, and the mental well-being of the minister.
     


 

 Henri's Journals

Genesee DiaryGenesee Diary
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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This touching observation is central to the probing spiritual journal of Henri Nouwen recorded during his seven-month stay in a trappist monastery. During this period he had a unique opportunity to explore crucial issues of the spiritual life and discover "a quiet stream underneath the fluctuating affirmations and rejections of my little world." Nouwen participated fully in the daily life of prayer and work that characterizes the Abbey of the Genesee in upstate New York. He relates here the typical human experiences and questions that had somehow disallowed Christ to be the center of his existence. From the early weeks in the abbey dominated by conflicting desires and concerns to the final days of Advent, when he has found a new sense of calm expectation, Nouwen never loses his critical honesty. Insightful, compassionate, often humorous, always realistic, The Genesee Diary is both an inspiration and a challenge to those who are in search of themselves.
     

 
Road to DaybreakRoad to Daybreak
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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This is the intimate diary of Henri Nouwen recorded from the time he left the world of academe and headed for the village of Trosly in France--a place he felt would lead him "closer to the heart of God." This was to be a time of inner renewal and self discovery. Here he recounts the struggles and self- doubts he faced along this rocky road to a new vocation and introduces the reader to the people of L'Arche. He made L'Arche his permanent home and ministry at the community in Toronto called Daybreak. This book invites the reader to a deeper understanding of God and the human family.
     

 
The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to FreedomThe Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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Now in softcover! For eight years Nouwen felt his energy and drive slipping away, lost his sense of being loved, and even doubted God. Read the raw, private thoughts, which he kept in a secret journal during this dark period. 144 pages, softcover.
     

 
Sabbatical JourneySabbatical Journey
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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"The final personal diary of Henri Nouwen. The daily entries cover the last twelve months of his life, written while on sabbatical from being minister to the L'Arche Community in Toronto. They are a rich account of his travels, his friends, his joys, fears, and sorrows,"---Cistercian Studies Quarterly. 240 pages, softcover.
     

 

 Spirituality

Reaching OutReaching Out
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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In order to embrace a prayerful, genuine spiritual life that is open to the needs of others, we must first focus on spiritual life as it relates to the experience of our own selves; secondly as it relates to others; and thirdly as it relates to our relationship with God. This book, Reaching Out, is rich in psychological insights and will be welcomed by Christians everywhere as a thought-provoking spiritual guide. Nouwen doesn't give us answers or solutions, but he writes this because he feels that true Christian spirituality is worth the effort and the pain, and in hopes the we can find signs of hope, courage, and confidence.
     

 
Making All Things NewMaking All Things New
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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When Nouwen was asked, "What do you mean by the spiritual life?", he wrote this simple yet profound response. He introduces you to the practices of prayer, contemplative solitude, and living in Christian community. If you desire to move deeper into God's kingdom, you'll find this classic a wonderful companion for your spiritual journey. 96 pages, hardcover from HarperCollins.
     

 
Here and Now: Living in the SpiritHere and Now: Living in the Spirit
Henri J.M. Nouwen
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"One day I simply sat down behind my desk and began to write down thoughts and feelings that emerged from my mind and heart. Except for the Bible, I had no other books to quote from ... It became a long examination of of conscience, an extended personal statement of faith, and a series of glimpses into the kingdom of God. I found I was writing about myself, my friends and family, and my God, all connected in many intricate ways ... I didn't try to say things I had never said before, but things that really matter to me ... Some of the reflections in this book can also be found in earlier books; others are new."

"The various meditations in this book stand on their own. They can be read independently of each other. Still I have tried to weave the different meditations around some larger themes, so that when read together, a coherent vision of the spiritual life becomes visible."
---from the Preface
     


 
Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of FaithSpiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith
Henri J.M. Nouwen, Michael Christensen, Rebecca Laird
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Spiritual Direction gives us the unique and unrivaled experience of having Henri Nouwen as our personal spiritual director, answering our questions about the spiritual life in his wise, comfortable, and engaging style. With Nouwen's guidance, we can reorient our lives and open the door to true spiritual transformation.

Henri Nouwen, the world-renowned spiritual guide and counselor, understood the spiritual life as a journey of faith and transformation that is deepened by accountability, community, and relationships. Though he counseled many people during his lifetime, his principles of spiritual direction were never written down. Now two of his longtime students, Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird, have taken his famous course in spiritual direction and supplemented it with his unpublished writings to create the definitive work on Nouwen's thoughts on the Christian life. Stories, readings, and thematically organized questions for reflection and guided journal writing provide an unparalleled resource for spiritual direction, both for individuals and for small groups.
     


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