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The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society [Paperback]

By Henri Nouwen (Author)
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Defines the relevance and effectiveness of contemporary clergymen, and surveys methods for responding to the hedonism, and aimlessness of modern society.

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The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings -- a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister. It is his contention that ministers are called to recognize the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering -- in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience, The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.

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  • Books & Culture - 03/01/2012 page 22

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Studio: Image
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1994
Publisher   Image
ISBN  0385148038  
ISBN13  9780385148030  

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HENRI J. M. NOUWEN (1932-1996) was a Catholic priest who taught at several theological institutions and universities in the United States. He spent the final years of his life teaching and ministering to the mentally and physically disabled at L'Arche Daybreak community in Toronto, Canada.

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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.

Very Academic  Jul 31, 2006
I'm reading this book with a group of friends, and we all were surprised at how "academic" this book is written. By "academic" I mean, this book seems to be written during Nouwen's days when he was still at Yale University. The wording and word choice of the sentences are much more collegiate than his later works, which he wrote after going to L'Arche in Toronto. The book is still great and speaks powerfully to things of the Spirit, but it is just a little bit more difficult to understand than say, a John Eldredge book.
Contrarian  Mar 13, 2006
I have hated this book ever since I first read it. It is incredibly light in any kind of real thought; it provides no original insights. It is practically barren of any Scriptural references. I frankly am astounded that any Christian finds anything to like about this book.
Wounded Healers or Unhealed Wounders  Dec 29, 2005
Whether Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, or irreligious, Henri Nouwen's "The Wound Healer" is well worth reading and re-reading. As a pastor, professor, and counselor, I know of no concept more applicable to the minister's heart than the need to realistically face our weaknesses and woundedness.

In Nouwen's artful hands, this is no mere "naval gazing," victimization mentality. It is the opposite. It is a scathing critique of leaders who wound others because of their refusal to humbly bring their unhealed wounds to Christ for healing. There truly are only two options: we are either wounded healers or unhealed wounders.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Soul Physicians" and "Spiritual Friends."

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