Item description for Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of His Final Year by Henri J. M. Nouwen, Eugene H. Peterson & Marva J. Dawn...
Overview In September 1995, Nouwen took a year's sabbatical to write, pray and visit family and friends. Although he had little time to write, as a spiritual discipline he kept a daily journal enriched with vivid observations and soul-searching reflections. "Sabbatical Journey" records the flowering of friendship and prayer during what would be his final year on earth.
Publishers Description In September 1995, Nouwen took a year's sabbatical to write, pray and visit family and friends. Although he had little time to write, as a spiritual discipline he kept a daily journal enriched with vivid observations and soul-searching reflections. Sabbatical Journey records the flowering of friendship and prayer during what would be his final year on earth.
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Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.03" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2000
Publisher Crossroad Classic
ISBN 0824518780 ISBN13 9780824518783
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More About Henri J. M. Nouwen, Eugene H. Peterson & Marva J. Dawn
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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Reviews - What do customers think about Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of His Final Year?
Beloved May 13, 2007
This book made me feel like the "Beloved", the "Prodigal Son". I have never read a book that made me feel so close to the author. This book made me closer to my God.
Proof Positive of Henri's Greatness Oct 4, 2005
On page 51 in Henri's own words are his personal theology of salvation for the world. It is so good, that he was able to capture this simple idea and present for all who would take time to look. "Every one will be saved." "Anyone can find his own way to God." What a great idea. So let's just not mention John 14:6, "I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but by me," and how Henri's little theory is an utter contradiction to the Bible.
Poignant, Poetic, and Wise Mar 16, 2005
This volume of journal entries from Henri Nouwen's final year is an amazing and wonderful read. If you have read other Nouwen books, this one offers more insight into the man behind the wise books, and his often painful human struggles. If you are new to Nouwen's writings, this book will introduce you to one of the greatest spiritual writers and teachers of the 20th century. As he does in most of his books, Nouwen is able to reveal his own struggles as a tool for his readers, but also to explore some very deep, meaningful themes without getting dry and academic. Each of his books is a treasure, and this one ranks right up there with his best, in my opinion. I would highly recommend it!
Diary of a didactic traveler Aug 25, 2003
Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of his Final Year was the last book written by Henri Nouwen. It's a chronicle of his sabbatical year which was intended to provide a restful time for prayer, writing and solitude. In actuality it became the most active period in Nouwen's life. Although he always made time for prayers and writing, there was little resolve for solitude; either people sought him or he invited their company. Not a week went by that he wasn't on a plane or train visiting family and friends, attending meetings and conferences, performing sacramental and ceremonial rites, always moving at a space age pace.
Nouwen's diary reads like a travel essay. There are several spiritual nuggets to be found on his non-travel days, but most entries are of his observations and experiences with an accompanying commentary. Unlike travel writers, he never describes a meal by describing the food; instead he gives an account of the dinner conversation, the topics, the mood, the intensity, and the background of every dinner guest.
Travel stories are peopled with diverse characters that reflect different cultures and backgrounds. Nouwen offers his readers a personal glimpse of over 600 people; all sparkle with individual personality and purpose.
Only a talented writer could elicit such strong empathy for the traveler who loses keys for the rental car, drops suitcases on the airport's escalator, and always packs more gifts than necessities. I enjoyed Sabbatical Journey as a well-written travel book with a spiritual perspective.
An astounding journey by an amazing man Jul 30, 2001
This was my second Henry Nouwen book (the first was a book of selected writings edited by his friend Robert Jonas, with whom he stayed during part of the sabbatical described in this book), and I can assure you, this will not be my last Nouwen book. I have long been intrigued by this Catholic priest so often quoted by my Protestant pastors, and this book was recommended by one of them at a low point in my life.
Nouwen's spirituality and humanity come through so well through the pages of this journal. His reflections as he celebrates the Eucharist on a nearly daily basis are a source of spiritual food that sustains not only his community of friends (and he has many!) but his readers as well. He also writes about the tug of war he feels between wanting to write more, yet wanting to be available as a pastor for his friends, to preside over their weddings and baptisms and funerals. The anguish he feels over the death of Adam, a young disabled man who brought him to the Daybreak community he pastored for the last decade of his life, brought tears to my eyes. And he talks candidly about his hurts and disappointments, his anxieties and his fatigue, a haunting undercurrent, given the knowledge that three weeks after his final entry, he died of a massive coronary.
In short, you have to love, respect, and listen to a priest with the courage to write "...my faith and unbelief are never far from each other. Maybe it is exactly at the place where they touch each other that the growing edge of my life is" (p. 143). I am sorry I will never meet Nouwen in person, but I look forward to getting to know him better through his writings, and I look forward to someday meeting him in God's kingdom in Heaven.