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In Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit, author Kevin Burns introduces a new generation of seekers to the spirituality of Henri Nouwen, renowned priest and author. In a straightforward and appreciative manner, he recounts Nouwen's life story and the impact of his writings on many Catholics in the second half of the 20th century.
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Franciscan Media
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)|
The internationally renowned priest, teacher, and author Henri Nouwen wrote more than 40 books on the spiritual life, many of which are considered classics. As we approach the 20th anniversary of Nouwens death, Kevin Burnss Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit will introduce a new generation to his compassionate approach to spiritualityor remind readers of the comfort they took from his writing years ago. Burns tells Nouwens life story, but also captures the impact of his life and writings. Neither a naïve, sanitized hagiography making the case for beatification, nor investigative journalism intent on "taking down" a subject with the "real" story behind the life, Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit is a straightforward appreciation of Nouwens life and its impact on millions. This innovative new life will remind readers why they loved Nouwens books years ago and provide a welcome guide to his spirituality, introducing one of the most important Catholics of the second half of the 20th century to a new generation of seekers.
"This book is a tripartite creation: portrait, self-portrait, and homage, and it draws heavily on the authors much-practiced and celebrated skill as a radio documentarian. The chorus of voices, the leitmotivs, the rich allusions to music, the culminating crescendo of biography mixed imaginatively with autobiographyits all nicely constructed. Burns rightly locates the Nouwen charisma in his capacious generosity for friendship, in his restless yearning for Loves affirmation. This is the essential Nouwen." Michael W. Higgins, biographer of Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, and Jean Vanier; Professor of Religious Studies and Vice-President for Mission and Catholic Identity, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
"Kevin Burnss biography of Henri Nouwen is as far-reaching and engaging as his subject. By listening to those who knew one of the greatest modern spiritual writers well, he has skillfully pieced together insights filtered through the memories of a diverse range of sources. The result is a concise, stimulating exploration of Nouwen the priest-psychologist-professor, and of the interplay between his experience, spiritual development, and hugely influential writings. Though manifestly personally touched, Burns steps back and allows Nouwen to emerge as a restless, uncertain, gifted, supremely human saint in the making, seeking an experience of love and home." Kathryn Spink, author of Mother Teresa: An Authorized Biography and The Miracle, the Message, the Story: Jean Vanier and LArche
"The life of Henri Nouwen was filled with a fascinating combination of intellectual brilliance coupled with a deep desire to dwell with simplicity. The complexities of his life and the deep tension between sadness and joy that marked his spirituality are not easy to capture or to understand. In this thoughtful and sensitive book Kevin Burns takes us on a journey that captures some of the spiritual nuances of Nouwens life and draws out how and why his work continues to be fruitful for the everyday spirituality of many people today. Anyone serious about seeking to understand Nouwen should read this book." John Swinton, Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen; author of Raging with Compassion