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Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying And Caring

By Henri J. M. Nouwen (Author) & Murray Bodo (Read by)
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The Franciscan priest, professor, and scholar spent his last 10 years as pastor of a community for mentally handicapped people. Reflecting on deaths there and elsewhere, his 1994 book explores two ideas--that death can be a welcome return to our spiritual source and that impending death offers us opportunities for intense and heartfelt love. "Death leads to new life," he says, because it gives us a chance to express gentleness and kindness toward others. Narrated respectfully but unremarkably, the down-to-earth writing will mobilize our love for the least among us and help listeners embrace the realities of death in a humble and spiritual way.

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An audiobook presentation of a Nouwen classic Nouwen takes a personal look at human mortality and shares his own expereinces with aging, loss, grief and fear. He gently and eloquently reveals the gifts the living and dying can give to one another and challenges us to accept our death as part of our spiritual journey, not its end. ..".a very comforting book....Nouwen offers us here a gentle book on coming to terms with death."--Publishers Weekly.

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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Running Time: 180.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.54" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.11"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN  0867167955  
ISBN13  9780867167955  

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More About Henri J. M. Nouwen & Murray Bodo

Henri J. M. Nouwen HENRI NOUWEN was a Dutch-born Catholic priest, professor, and pastor, who gained international renown as the author of over 30 books on the spiritual life, including such classics as The Wounded Healer, The Inner Voice of Love, and Reaching Out. Nouwen's books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold upwards of seven million copies worldwide, resonating with people across the religious, spiritual, cultural, and political spectrum. Since his death in 1996, ever-increasing numbers of readers, writers, teachers, and seekers have been guided by his literary legacy.

Henri J. M. Nouwen was born in 1932 and died in 1996.

Henri J. M. Nouwen has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Campion Book
  2. Crossroad Book
  3. Henri Nouwen Spirituality
  4. Modern Spiritual Masters

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A Must Read  Sep 12, 2007
This book is a must read for everyone - not just for those caring for the dying or those who are confronting the issues of aging. Culturally, we are in denial about aging and death. This book takes great strides toward moving those who read it to confront the issues. It is not always a comfortable book to read, particularly if you are in the middle of working with someone for whom death is imminent, but it is absolutely essential to read it despite the discomfort. Highly recommended for everyone who works with people who age - which is all of us!
Must Read  Jul 30, 2007
As pastor's we should teach our people not only how to live well but also how to die well. This is one of those books that impact life. Every pastor should read it and have your congregations read it or beter yet, preach it to them.
A must read for EVERYONE  Mar 30, 2007
Our society says that only "productive" people are worthwhile. Nouwen challenges us all to see the inate worth of ALL people, not just those making a salary and contributing to the tax base.

We did a study of this book at Church and it made folks really think about life, death, aging, and the value of their loved ones who are in nursing homes, etc.
Our Greatest Gift: Meditation on Dying and Caring  Sep 26, 2005
Henri Nouwen provides a well thought out view on dying. His concern is that we should treat dying as a normal part of living and we should examine our relationship with God. Death is a beautiful entrence to the Kingdom of Heaven and should be considered the next step in our life with God. This is an excellent book for those in ministry who work with families who are in grief due to the death of a loved one. The material provides background that may be utilized during funerals and consoling family members.
The death of his friend, "Moe" who had Down's syndrome, caused Henri Nouwen to relook at one inescapable fact of all our lives. Is death so terrible that it must be feared, never spoken of or thought of? Speaker and author Nouwen thinks not and explains his thesis in this brief meditation.

Drawing on his own feelings upon reaching the age when he was closer to his death than his birth and the experiences of many friends, Nouwen crafted a slim volume in which he reminds us that we are children of God, brothers and sisters of each other, and parents of generations to come.

"Our Greatest Gift" is a warm and simple meditation discussing the realities involved in caring for those who are dying and in facing death ourselves.

- Gail Cooke

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