Item description for Finding My Way Home: Pathways to Life and the Spirit by Henri J. M. Nouwen...
Overview Nouwen's meditations on power, peace, waiting, living, and dying are now available in paperback, with line art and new reflection guide.
Publishers Description Henri Nouwen became one of the most inspiring spiritual guides of the 20th century. Culled from a life of intense seeking, these profound meditations on living, waiting, power, peace, and dying offer important insights that will inspire all who dare to travel a spiritual path.
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Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.5" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher STL/FAITHWORKS #617
ISBN 0824522745 ISBN13 9780824522742
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More About Henri J. M. Nouwen
Henri J. M. Nouwen has found a wide receptive audience to his books on modern spirituality. He was a teacher of pastoral theology at Notre Dame, the Yale Divinity School and at Harvard University. He was also a frequent visitor and "family brother" at the Abbey of the Genesee in upstate New York. His many books include The Return of the Prodigal Son, Reaching Out, Clowning in Rome, With Open Hands, Making All Things New, Out of Solitude, and The Genesee Diary. He died in his native Netherlands in 1996.
Henri J. M. Nouwen was born in 1932 and died in 1996.
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Thoughtful meditations Mar 27, 2005
In you really want a feel for Nouwen's thoughts, "The Way of the Heart" is a better read. But if you want to know Nouwen's personality, "Finding My Way Home" does the job. These are four meditations on the facts of life from a spiritual leader, Harvard and Yale prof, and follower of Jesus. The only real tie that binds the essays is the heart of the writer, as these were collected and published five years after his death in 1996.
They are titled The Paths of Power, Peace, Waiting, and Living and Dying. By far, the most interesting and insightful is The Path to Peace, a largely autobiographical reflection on the ten years Nouwen spent working with the mentally disabled. He describes how his friend Adam, who was entirely dependent and who could not communicate, brought peace to the home in which they worked by uniting them in a service for which none of them could take real credit. This is a stark contrast to the Path of Power, through which people try to assert themselves in the world (unlike Jesus). The reflection on waiting is a quiet thought on solitude, and the last essay on death reflects on how to give one's death as a gift to those left behind.
Don't know that Nouwen himself had plans to publish these thoughts, as they seem to be breakfast table musings rather than polished essays. I would recommend Nouwen's other works before this one, and save this one for the devotees.