Do not let the fact that Nouwen was a Catholic priest set you off (if you are not Catholic), and do not let the write-up that this is for those in ministry set you off (if you are not in professional ministry). This is a great little book for anyone who wants to be authentic in representing Christ as a Christian. We are all wounded, and through Christ we can all participate in the process of helping others be spiritually healed through Christ. (no, this is not about physical healing)
I bought this book for some college students who hold a position of spiritual leadership on campus. It was a great encouragement to many of them as they were striving to lead fellow students despite the hurt and pain they have experienced themselves. I would highly recommend this to anyone who desires for the Lord to use their past circumstances to minister to other people!
I have read this book a few times and I bought this copy for a friend who wants to serve in Christian counselling. I can think of no better book for understanding compassionate interaction in human relationships.
The Wounded Healer, by Henri Nouwen, was first introduced to me during my Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)16 years ago. Since then, I have probably given 150 copies to professional and lay people, including my own physician. The Wounded Healer is at the top of my list of books to pass on to someone who ministers to the "wounded soul" or has been "wounded" themselves.
Nouwen suffered and saw much suffering in life and service. That qualifies him to write about healing of mind and heart. This is a must reading for every social worker, physician and any one in helping profession.