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With Open Hands

By Henri J. M. Nouwen & Paul Smith (Narrator)
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Nouwen's First Spiritual Classic! With trademark simplicity and insight, Henri Nouwen invites us on a prayerful journey: to release our tightly clenched fists and open our hands to God.

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Format: Audiobook
Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 5.5"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Dec 30, 2005
Publisher   Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Edition  Unabridged  
ISBN  0867166924  
ISBN13  9780867166927  

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More About Henri J. M. Nouwen & Paul Smith

Henri J. M. Nouwen Donald McNeill is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Don taught theology and developed service learning programs at the University of Notre Dame for three decades where he helped found the Center for Social Concerns. He is currently a Senior Fellow living and ministering in Chicago with the Metropolitan Chicago initiative of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies.
Douglas A. Morrison is a priest of the Archdiocese of Hatford whose background includes parish, hospital and pastoral conseling ministries as well as college and university teaching and administration. He is presently Deputy Director and CEO of Unity Health Care, Inc., whose mission is to provide health and human services to the homeless and underserved in Washington D.C.
Henri Nouwen was a priest of the Archdiocese of Utrecht, the Netherlands. Since his death in 1996, ever-increasing numbers of readers, writers, teachers, and seekers have been guided by his literary legacy. Henri taught at the University of Notre Dame, and the Divinity Schools of Yale and Harvard. In 1986 Nouwen came to make his home at L'Arche Daybreak near Toronto, Canada. He died suddenly on September 21, 1996. in Holland and is buried in King City, Ontario.
Joel Filartiga, a medical doctor in Paraguay, drew the illustrations for this book in memory of his seventeen-year-old son, Joelito, who was tortured to death by a police squad in 1976.

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

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with open hands  May 29, 2008
We were told to order our Women's Summer Study books on line. The book we were shown was a larger beautiful book with wonderful pictures on every page. What came was a much smaller version with ony a few pictures. I was very disappointed with what I received. Especially since I placed the order for several girl frieinds.
excellent  Nov 21, 2007
When you can't sleep at night due to
worries, anxiety, lack of faith . . .
open your hands!
Great message on release. Metaphorically right on.  Feb 26, 2006
This book is metaphorically right on in regards to releasing the thing(s) that keep you wound up, things that hinder your worship and relationships.
helpful  Feb 23, 2006
Henri Nouwen published many books that were very short, yet were/are quite helpful to the growing spiritual life of many. This book, a short book on the life of prayer, is quite useful at helping us open ourselves to the Holy One.

The book is really an exposition of one image-the life of prayer is a life lived with open hands. Nouwen then leads us to understand open hands are a necessity because open hands/lives mean we are not captured by fear, fear being the opposite of love, but open to God. As we open our hands to God we begin to accept the good gifts of life and live lives of hope. We are able to care for others because we are no longer focused on ourselves. This life changing power is revolutionary he says because it forces us to question the world around us and address that world.

While it would be overly reductionist to say the sum total of the book is stated above, gaining more requires lengthy reading, meditation and surrender to the image of open hands. If you want a how to book, this is not it. If you want something to help you surrender to prayer and experience prayer in its depths, this book is quite useful and I would recommend it
A Help In Opening Ourselves To God  Jan 19, 2004
Henri Nouwen had a great ability to take something rather simple and ordinary, and use it a as way to help people understand and experience God. Nouwen's now classic book WITH OPEN HANDS is an excellent example of using a simple image to invite a person to prayer and a deeper experience of God. Clenched fists demonstrate being closed to God, and through reflections on prayer: silence, acceptance, hope, compassion, and prophetic criticism, Nouwen invites us to open our hands and thus, be open to God. This work is excellent for people who are new to prayer or are trying to discover new prayer techniques, but it is profound enough to help all people experience God.

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