A concise and compelling distillation of Henri Nouwen's unifying spirituality of the heart - at once simple and complex, accessible but mystifyingly profound.
Many of us want to know and experience what it means to live our lives in God in a way that deeply transforms us inside and out. To guide the spiritual quest, ever-increasing numbers of readers, writers, teachers and seekers are turning to the writings of Catholic theologian Henri Nouwen, whose spiritual outlook speaks to conservative, liberal and progressive Christians alike. But with his vast literary legacy, many are faced with the question: where do I begin?
This introduction to the spiritual thought of Henri Nouwen distills his key insights on the realm of the spiritual life into one concise and compelling overview of Nouwen's spirituality of the heart. Thematically assembled to direct readers to the corresponding primary sources, it places Nouwen in the proper context - that is, helps readers understand when he wrote what and why. It explores the three spiritual constructs - solitude, community and ministry - that Nouwen addresses in much of his writing, and how they form what he saw as a balanced, authentic spirituality.
Intended for people new to Henri Nouwen's work as well as those seeking to explore his spiritual philosophy more deeply, it includes a comprehensive bibliography for continued learning in private study or classroom settings.