How does one live a spiritual life in a secular world? Henri Nouwen responds from the depths of his heart to this dilemna posed by his friend Fred Bratman. Nouwen's own interpretive reading of the text lends a sense of immediacy to the audiobook.
©1992 Henri J.M. Nouwen (P)2002 St. Anthony Messenger Press
"Nouwen uses Jesus' experience in baptism, 'You are my beloved Son,' and Jesus' life example of living as God's beloved, chosen, blessed, broken and given for the whole world to help readers see themselves as God's beloved." (Christian Living)
Several years ago, when I first listened to this reading by Henri Nouwen in my car on my way to work, it didn't seem that big of a deal. But by the second day of listening on my commute, something happened. I noticed myself interacting with co-workers in good humor where only days before I experienced anger bordering on rage. Suddenly other people seemed transformed. I held the door for a woman, a total stranger, carrying packages at the mall and she said, "God bless you today." I stopped hating my job. I stopped hating the traffic on my commute. Externally, nothing in my day-to-day life was any better, but I felt better. Nothing outside me had changed, but something in me had changed.
1. beloved 2. joyous 3. inspirational
The view of people as God views them, and the view of myself as God sees me!
No, this is my first.
Yes. It was addictive. Each chapter built upon the previous one. It was hard to take a break.
I gave this 4 stars in performance, simply because Henri Nouwen's accent can be difficult to understand at times. He is very articulate, but there are a few instances, that needed to be reversed and listened to again.
That being said, It is an inspirational and joyful book, filled with Nouwen's understanding of a loving God. There's something about his voice, though difficult to understand at times, that is like having your grandpa read to you. His voice is soft but firm, educational yet very friendly.
Yes I would because he is reflecting deeply on timeless and life-giving truths that we easily forget.
This question does not apply.
It is not a novel
Discovering you are the Beloved.
Henri speaks to our hearts more than to our minds and his refreshing simplicity makes him a joy to listen to always!
Podcaster, Videographer, Dad
While the author as reader is difficult to understand at times due to his accent, use of some letter combinations in words, and differences in volume (I'm listening while my wife and I travel in our car), the beautiful message and encouragement found in this book must be heard by Christians everywhere. It is a message many need to hear, simply, that you are loved.
Compassionately read by the author in a way that makes what might otherwise be too removed from daily life into something that deeply informs. I am glad I listened.
The cadence an accent of the author
takes some getting used to but is well worth the connection it creates. The lessons are so valuable and necessary for my own pilgrimage. I wish all who embark on the journey peace and grace.0
"Makes you reexamine who you really are and are not and. Well worth the journey. Gets better when taken as a group."
Started reading as class requirement. Continued reading for self. Shared with others, in large part, because it felt selfish not to. I was surprised to learn so many others already knew of it.
I love the way this book is written like a letter to me (and all those yearning) to live a spiritual life in a secular world!
"Simply wonderful "
Such a huge blessing --thank you Henri - We do need to know that we are the Beloved and live out our lives from that stand point - grounded and rooted in Christ.
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