Item description for Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying And Caring by Henri J. M. Nouwen & Murray Bodo...
Overview 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.
Publishers Description 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. ALSO AVAILABLE ON CASSETTE--CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
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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.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN 0867167955 ISBN13 9780867167955
Availability 0 units.
More About Henri J. M. Nouwen & Murray Bodo
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying And Caring?
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.
A WARM, SIMPLE MEDITATION Dec 9, 2004
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.