Item description for The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society by Henri J. M. Nouwen & Dan Anderson...
Overview What does it mean to be a minister in our modern world? In this hope-filled book, Nouwen offers a fresh interpretation of modern ministry. Here he offers inspiration to men and women who want to be of service in their Church or community but who have found traditional ways of ministry alienating and ineffective.
Publishers Description "Nouwen at his best." --"Best Sellers" "A lucid and profoundly simple book." --"America" "One's overall response to this book has to be 'Yes.' Yes, this describes a style of ministry desperately needed by all of us." --"The Christian Century" What does it mean to be a minister in our modern world? In this hope-filled book, Nouwen offers a fresh interpretation of modern ministry. Here he offers inspiration to men and women who want to be of service in their Church or community but who have found the traditional ways of ministry alienating and ineffective. According to Nouwen, "the minister is called to recognize the sufferings of his time in his own heart and make that recognition the starting point of his service." 3 CDs/3 hours (approx.)
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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Running Time: 180.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.7" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.08" Weight: 0.28 lbs.
Release Date Jan 24, 2007
Publisher Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN 0867168234 ISBN13 9780867168235
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More About Henri J. M. Nouwen & Dan Anderson
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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I didn't get it... Feb 2, 2008
Having read some of Nouwen's work before, I have come to appreciate him. And because I had heard so much about "The Wounded Healer," I was expecting a classic. I was sorely disappointed.
On one level, I was frustrated because the four chapters seemed to function in isolation from one another, rather than forming the parts of a cohesive whole. Having read his assessment of "nuclear man" in Chapter 1, that idea never really reappeared, and the rest of the book seemed to go in several completely different directions.
I was also disappointed by Nouwen's flowery and poetic language. Though this writing style no doubt connects with some folks, I was often left thinking something like, "That sounded nice, but I have no idea what he was saying!!" It's not a matter of the complexity of his ideas, but I just find his writing to be undecipherable.
Ultimately, Nouwen has some good stuff to say. The story of a young minister meeting with a sick man just before he died is poignant and provides us with a helpful and practical situation upon which to reflect. But I found his conclusions to be confusing or even evasive and do not feel particularly more informed to help others who are hurting.
Nouwen, again at his best Nov 13, 2007
This is a magnificent addition to my library. His description of each "wounded" healer suggests nuances that I'd never thought about. The volume helps me to understand a bit better the responsibilities we have to support one another. A great book.
A Powerful and Inspiring Book Nov 2, 2007
Henri Nouwen's book is an incredibly inspiring and motivating tool. Characteristic of much of his writing, the book is honest, bold and clear. Nouwen tells it like it is, and shares authentically from his own life. Personally, I find authors who are unafraid to include their own joys and struggles with their spiritual lives to provide me with so much more hope, and challenge. I recommend this book to anyone thinking about what it means to be a leader, thinker, or seeking to deal with their own wounds.
The Wounded Heler Nov 6, 2006
Henri Nouwen is very insightful and adds a wonderful dimension in my quest for a deeper faith.
Enlightened? Oct 21, 2006
The ability to heal even though a person has been wounded is an extraordinary message. Hence the appropriate title for this book. The author proposes that the spiritual counselor relate to their directee from their own personal experiences. He suggests that it is through reaching within oneself that those in this kind of service can truly be of help. Nouwen validates the experiences of many in this or allied professions; that we uncover our own pain and weaknesses as we attempt to guide others.This affirmation is valuable. In healing others, the counselor is healed. In being able to recognize and share our own pain, we can better serve.
Nouwen offers a cultural backdrop to explain why this approach works. The time is the late 60's. Forty years later, some of his conclusions have not been borne out. A notable one in my opinion, is the story of Peter. Nouwen builds the case for "nuclear man" as a premise for his theories. I suggest that perhaps Peter was an enlightened man. Read the book and see if you come to the same or other conclusions. In any case, it will make you think.