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We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People [Paperback]

By Gustavo Gutierrez (Author), Matthew J. O'Connell (Translator) & Henri J. M. Nouwen (Foreword by)
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(PUBOrbis)Starting with Bernard of Clairvaux's counsel to root spirituality in one's own experience, Gutierrez outlines the contours of a spirituality that empowers the poor and oppressed. Key elements include conversion, grace, joy, solidarity with marginal people, and a caring community. 181 pages, softcover.

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   945
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 2, 2003
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570754969  
ISBN13  9781570754968  

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More About Gustavo Gutierrez, Matthew J. O'Connell & Henri J. M. Nouwen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gustavo Gutierrez, a Dominican priest and theologian from Peru, is the author of "A Theology of Liberation, On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent, We Drink from Our Own Wells, The God of Life," and many other books. He teaches at the University of Notre Dame. Gerhard Ludwig Muller was ordained as a priest in 1971. After teaching dogmatic theology in Munich, he was appointed bishop of Regensberg. In 2012 he was appointed Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was named a Cardinal in 2014.

Gustavo Gutierrez was born in 1928.

Gustavo Gutierrez has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Modern Spiritual Masters

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Worth the price  Aug 4, 2007
the foreword by Henri Nouwen (13 pages long) is worth the price of this wonderful book.
A Book That Challenges Readers To Action And Prayer  Nov 17, 2006
The English language version of WE DRINK FROM OUR OWN WELLS is now over twenty years old. When it was first released, it did cause quite a bit of stir. Some read it simply because it was by Peruvian priest and theologian Gustavo Gutierrez. This was the time that Gutierrez and other Liberation Theologians were facing investigation by the Vatican. Some, like Leonardo Boff were silenced. Gutierrez' writings were not condemned on the whole, but there were questions regarding some of the particulars of his theological approach. The criticism was based on the seemingly sympathetic stance toward Marxism of some Liberation theologians. At the time Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of England, the Nuclear Arms race as escalating and it had been only three years since Archbishop Romero and the woman missionaries in El Salvador had been killed for being viewed as religious radicals. Today theologians like Gutierrez are seen as invigorating theology and reminding us of the Gospel's call to serve the poor, birth not that radical, but in the 1980's, this was controversial and many read it for the controversy alone. Others read it out of admiration for Gutierrez' earlier work A THEOLOGY OF LIBERATION. My guess is that whatever the reason, this book, like so many powerful works of faith, touched and hopefully changed the reader.

It seems that Gutierrez' purpose for writing this work is twofold. First, it is a defense of his principals of Liberation theology. Critics claimed Gutierrez' writings were Communism with a Christian slant. Gutierrez never refuted the charge of having Communistic leanings which would have taken away from what he was trying to accomplish. Instead he kept defending the rights of the poor and the call of Christ to serve the most vulnerable and stayed away from a debate which would have just been political. The result is this book. WE DRINK FROM OUR OWN WELLS presents a spiritual basis for Liberation Theology demonstrating that his beliefs are not based on anything other than the message of Jesus Christ. Gutierrez does what few theologians do, or at least do well. He not only presents the theology, he also presents the practical spiritual basis too.

While the book may be an attempt to connect the theories of Liberation Theology and spiritual practice, most readers of WE DRINK FROM OUR OWN WELLS probably discovered what makes the book so powerful. In an age when there is almost a disconnect between a person's spiritual life and all other aspects of life, Gutierrez reminds us that not only that we cannot hear the words of scripture and not be concerned for the poor and oppressed, but that our care and concern for others ought to lead us to prayer and God and our prayer ought to lead u to concern for others. He also reminds us of the importance of a communal aspect of the faith, highlighting for Catholics the centrality of the Eucharist. Gutierrez offers a lived rather than theoretical spirituality that can bring about change. It's also a challenging book for most Western readers and an empowering book for the poor and oppressed. Readers cannot help but see that the poor and marginalized have far more to offer us as far as knowing God is concerned than those of us who may be privileged have to offer them.
Why the controversy?  Nov 23, 2003
Gutierrez has written about "liberation theology" in layman's language. Not only is the book informative, it is a guide to personal spirituality.

After completing the book, I find it difficult to understand why "liberation theology" has been such a controversial topic within the political and church establishments for the past 30 years. Why had a US government study claimed "liberation theology" a greater threat to Latin America than communism? And why had the authorities in Rome silenced both Gutierrez and Boff for their positions on liberation theology?

We Drink from Our Own Wells is formated into three sections. The first section contains two chapters that define "new" spirituality as practiced among the poor in Latin America.

The second section is comprised of three chapters that focus on scripture; particularly the gospels of the evangelists and the epistles of Paul. Much attention is given to the social gospel of Christ. The concepts of flesh, spirit, and body are extensively discussed, as are the terms "discipleship" and "community".

The five chapters in the final section are summarized in Henri Nouwen's superbly written Forward: "...filled with deeply moving texts written by Christian men and women who have experienced persecution and suffering but have been witnesses to the living and hope-giving God in the midst of their sufferings."

The 202 pages include 33 pages of notes, 4 pages of scripture references (over 200 entries), a 15 page Forward written by Henri Nouwen, and a 5 page Preface by Gutierrez for the 20th Anniversay Edition.

It changes your view of Spirtuality  Jun 1, 1998
This book applies to everybody who is looking to stregthen his or her spirtuality. It looks at the Latin American version of Christianity which is a good reminder that there are more types of spirtualities than the American ones. It a good read, well written and it draws well on the scripture.

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