Item description for Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith by Henri J. Nouwen...
Overview Providing guidance for each individual's walk of faith, a collection of writings by the beloved late author of With Open Hands, complemented by stories, readings, and topics for personal reflection and guided journal writing, offers direction on how to live a deeply spiritual life in a journey of transformation deepened by personal relationships, community, and accountability. 20,000 first printing.
Spiritual Direction gives us the unique and unrivaled experience of having Henri Nouwen as our personal spiritual director, answering our questions about the spiritual life in his wise, comfortable, and engaging style. With Nouwen's guidance, we can reorient our lives and open the door to true spiritual transformation.
Henri Nouwen, the world-renowned spiritual guide and counselor, understood the spiritual life as a journey of faith and transformation that is deepened by accountability, community, and relationships. Though he counseled many people during his lifetime, his principles of spiritual direction were never written down. Now two of his longtime students, Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird, have taken his famous course in spiritual direction and supplemented it with his unpublished writings to create the definitive work on Nouwen's thoughts on the Christian life. Stories, readings, and thematically organized questions for reflection and guided journal writing provide an unparalleled resource for spiritual direction, both for individuals and for small groups.
Citations And Professional Reviews Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith by Henri J. Nouwen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Century - 07/11/2006 page 42
Publishers Weekly - 04/10/2006 page 67
Library Journal - 05/01/2006 page 91
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0060754737 ISBN13 9780060754730
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More About Henri J. Nouwen
Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996) is the author of Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, Making All Things New, The Return of the Prodigal Son, and many other bestsellers. He taught at the universities of Harvard, Yale, and Notre Dame before becoming the senior pastor of L'Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada, a community where men and women with intellectual disabilities and their assistants create a home for one another.
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So Great a Cloud of Witnesses Jan 18, 2007
In the Epistle to the Hebrews, the author states concerning believers of the past that "though they are dead, they yet speak." That is, their witness outlives their lives. Such is certainly true with "Spiritual Direction," a new book published a decade after Henri Nouwen's death.
"Spiritual Direction" is a compilation of Nouwen's course on the topic plus other unpublished writers, developed by two of Nouwen's past students. As such, it is a practical book about the character of the spiritual director, the nature of the spiritual direction process, finding and relating to a spiritual director, and practicing fundamental spiritual formation principles.
Spiritual direction, by many names, has a long (2,000 years) history in Christian circles. Interestingly, as early as the first century after Christ, lay women provided spiritual direction for the Church Fathers. This practice continued unendingly, as even the great Cappadocian Fathers, including Gregory the Great and Basil, received spiritual direction from lay women. A century later, Catherine provided such direction for Cardinals and Popes.
The practice, though not always by this name, has also been performed by laity and clergy in Protestant circles from the days of Martin Luther, by the Puritans, by Methodists, Baptist, Anglicans, and so many more. The African American church, with their "mother wit" and founding fathers of the Black Church also skillfully practiced the art of spiritual direction.
Nouwen's work exemplifies this time-honored practice and is valuable for lay people, ministers, men, women, and students who are Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. Obviously, there are areas of practice impacted and influence by doctrinal difference, but the astute reader will be able to integrate his or her own philosophy of spirituality into their application of this material on spiritual direction.
Reviewer: Dr. Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction, "Soul Physicians, "Spiritual Friends," "Martin Luther's Pastoral Counseling, "Biblical Psychology," and the forthcoming "Sacred Friendships: Listening to the Voices of Women's Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
Awesome book Jan 15, 2007
This book is superb for anyone looking to deepen his or her relationship with God!
P.S. Read From acknowledgements all the way through or you may miss some insight.
Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith Jan 8, 2007
One of the most interesting things Nouwen affirms is that you are not going crazy if you feel driven to seek a closer relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. That was His intention. It is a bit scary to have it also affirmed that the unnerving intensity may be a lifelong thing here on earth. I especially like the reference he makes regarding present despair. Nouwen states to not think that the experience you may be struggling through is the last experience and encourages that we focus on the place "on the other side" of this experience where we will be held in love.
Spiritual Direction: Wisdom For the Long Walk of Faith by Henri Nouwen Jan 3, 2007
I have always liked Henri Nouwen's writings because they are real and also that he is not afraid to talk about his own personal struggles whether life or faith. The book was well presented and gives good insights to those who like myself have directees for spiritual direction. It is also good for my personally being in spiritual direction myself. A good book to use and refer to at times and a good addition to anyones's spiritual library.
One of his best. Dec 16, 2006
I have been a long time fan of Henri Nouwen. His books seem to cross over denominations, and even religious affiliations. Even though this one was written posthumously, it stays true to his spirit of more relationship to God, and less religion.