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Over the course of his life, Henri Nouwen wrote thousands of letters to friends, acquaintances, parishioners, students, and readers of his work all around the world, believing that a thoughtful letter written in love could truly change someone's life. He corresponded in English, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish, serving as a long distance spiritual advisor to many throughout his lifetime.
Love, Henri: Letters on Love, Hope, Faith, and Vocation consists of over a hundred unpublished letters that stretch from the earliest years of Henri's career up through his last 10 years at L'Arche Daybreak. Rich in spiritual insights the letters highlight a number themes that emerged in both Henri's work over the years, including vocation, solitude, prayer, suffering, and perseverance in difficult times. These deeply spiritual letters, sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, ulimately demonstrate the rich value of communicating with God through others.
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Convergent Books
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Your timeless words and loving spirit are quiet prayers that will forever live in my heart.
Love, Brené." Brené Brown, from her Foreword
"I love this collection. It is for me, a spiritual autobiography. Henri's letters reveal the ever-evolving, ever-deepening, ever-struggling heart of my strong yet vulnerable friend." Sue Mosteller, from her Epilogue
Pastor JayAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Reading Other People's MailJanuary 20, 2017Pastor JayAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Reading other people's mail is not something that typically you are supposed to do. However, in the book Love, Henri that is exactly what you are privileged to do. Throughout his lifetime, Henri Nouwen received over 16,000 letters. It is said that he kept every letter, every fax, every postcard that ever came his way. And he responded to each one of those. This book traces chronologically 22 years of those replies.
Each letter from Henri is introduced with some explanation of the occasion which issued in Henri's response. Reading the 100s of letters in this book one gains a sense of the treasure Henri placed on personal relationships. In some instances, the person writing Henri is a stranger who has read one of his books or heard one of his lectures. But, there is never a form letter response. Henri shared himself in these writings.
As you read you find some friends with whom Henri had regular correspondence. There are even instances of strain relationships with others that are addressed in letters. He is transparent in dealing with his own brokenness. As mentioned above the book is organized chronologically with dates noted. In addition, as Gabrielle Earnshaw edited this work she also provides background about major events which happened in Henri's life as he is writing these responses. We read about his moves in academic circles, his mission work and finally to pastor a community of persons with disabilities.
This should not be your first book by Henri Nouwen. If you are looking for what Nouwen believes about a particular theological issue or a pressing social issue this book is liable to frustrate you. But if you already love this man and his work as you read other people's mail you will gain a deeper friendship with him. As you read you will find transcendent truths like when Henri writes "We should live in the present where love can touch us." (from the forward) Or this "I am more and more convinced that we will find the peace and joy of Christ when we let Him truly enter into the deepest places of our heart, especially those places where we are afraid, insecure, and self-rejecting." (Pg. 203)
WoofiejoAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Henris Letters of Love and EncouragementOctober 30, 2016WoofiejoAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The note of forward from Brene Brown is worth the book in and of itself! She sites that there are two major patterns that emerge across all of Henris letters: 1. loving and listening to God and, 2. Carving out God-centered time in our lives. In this book, Henri encourages us to make time for listening, prayer, solitude, contemplation and thought. These are things that are so difficult to do in our society today and yet so important for leading a God-centered and contented life.
These letters contain a personal glimpse into Henri Nouwen's life. He covers the topics of death, grief, busyness, strengthening your faith, suffering and many other topics while providing encouragement and prayers to all that he encounters. It is an intimate portrait of a man who lived with great purpose, great thought and great faith.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.