The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society - eBook
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In this hope-filled and profoundly simple book, Nouwen offers a radically fresh interpretation of modern ministry. According to Nouwen, ministers are called to identify the suffering in their own hearts and make that the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional, somewhat aloof role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering as those they serve. In other words, we heal from our wounds.
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Publication Date: 2013
The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings -- a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister. It is his contention that ministers are called to recognize the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering -- in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience, The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.
Henri J.M. Nouwen was a Catholic priest who taught at several theological institutes and universities in his home country of the Netherlands and in the United States. He shared the final years of his life with people with mental and physical disabilities at the L'Arche Daybreak Community in Torronto, Canada. He died in 1996. He authored many books on the spiritual lfie,including Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, and The Return of the Prodial Son
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WillBee5 Stars Out Of 5NOT just for ministersSeptember 23, 2016WillBeeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Do 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)
BeakerSpring Arbor, MIAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great read for those in leadershipMay 24, 2012BeakerSpring Arbor, MIAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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!
pilgrimjackTioga County, NYAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Must read for those who careJune 16, 2011pilgrimjackTioga County, NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I 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.
Louise M Hutchinson5 Stars Out Of 5June 5, 2009Louise M HutchinsonThe 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.
Irudayam Adaikalam5 Stars Out Of 5February 4, 2009Irudayam AdaikalamNouwen 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.
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