Item description for The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life by Henri J. M. Nouwen, Wendy Greer & Wendy Wilson Greer...
Overview Prayer is the bridge between my unconscious and conscious life. Prayer connects my mind withy my heart, my will with my passions, my brain with my belly. Prayer is the divine instrument of my wholeness, unity, and inner peace.
Throughout the forty-some books that Henri Nouwen wrote and the hundreds of talks that he gave, the subject of Prayer runs through them all and unites them. For him a life of faith is a life of prayer. Drawn from many decades of his life, the compilation of Henri's thoughts, feelings, and the struggle with prayer, reveal the core of the man and his belief that prayer is the only necessary thing.
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Studio: Crossroad Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2000
Publisher STL/FAITHWORKS #617
ISBN 0824518330 ISBN13 9780824518332
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More About Henri J. M. Nouwen, Wendy Greer & Wendy Wilson Greer
Henri J. M. Nouwen was a Catholic Priest who taught at several theological institutes and universities in his home country of the Netherlands and in the United States. He shared the final years of his life with people with mental and physical disablilities at L'Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto, Canada. He died in 1996. He authoried many books on the spiritual life including Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, and The Return of the Prodigal Son.
Henri J. M. Nouwen was born in 1932 and died in 1996.
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The Only Necessary Thing Feb 17, 2007
Outstanding. This was written by a close friend of Henri Nouwen. She has done a wonderful job of collecting & editing. This book is a tribute to Nouwen, and will be a joy to read and use for meditation, perhaps during Lent.
Essential for those of us needing to be taught how to pray.. Apr 29, 2005
Nouwen's work is always worthwhile, even when it is not his best effort. This book is his very best work on the most important topic he consistently addressed- prayer. Much thanks need to be given to Wendy Greer who gleaned these excerpts from his many books. She has done an admirable job. This book, due to it's format, is very conducive to being read over a course of time, maybe for one's devotions. The wisdom in it makes for a book that I will return to over and over again. I have given this book to my closest christian friends, who like me have a conviction that the prayerful life, a life lived always in the awareness of our relationship with Christ, is the only life worth living.
Journey to the Core of Prayer & Life Jun 13, 2000
The Only Necessary Thing is not the usual book on how to pray and what makes prayer so important. It is a collection of a man's writings on his passionate believe in the Savior, and therefore, his conversations with Him. It gives a glimpse of how Henri Nouwen himself prayed and what is prayer to him. But never one time in the book does he come across as didactic. Instead, the book weaves together the essence of prayer and life in a contemplative and meditative manner. One can almost chew and "re-chew" through Nouwen's sober, frank and yet deep contemplation on his God and his conversations with Him.
Definitely, the credit of this book must also go to Wendy Greer, who has an excellent grasp of Nouwen's writings, and undoubtedly, her same passion for his God. She has put together Nouwen's best essays and writings in categories and ways that enables one to walk through each day reading snippets of the writings with a sense of continuity as well as of substance to meditate and chew for the day.
The Only Necessary Thing is a journey to the core of prayer, and that prayer is journey to the core of life.