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"This book is my secret journal," Nouwen wrote. At first he had no intention of sharing this personal diary of the difficult months when he felt all meaning in his life was missing and all ahead seemed a dark, bottomless abyss. In spite of his inner turmoil, Nouwen recorded the descent into his heart in these 63 journal entries. Friends persuaded him that sharing his painful soul-searching might help others who also struggle to embrace life with joy.

Throughout his life, Nouwen longed for deeper relationships with others and with God. "Do not hesitate to love and to love deeply," he urges. While your heart may break, he says, you will then have a choice - to become bitter or to stand in your pain and become fruitful with God as the spiritual guide of your life. The inner voice is a voice of love.

©1996 The Estate of Henri J.M. Nouwen (P)2005 St. Anthony Messenger Press

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Heaven Sent Wisdom For Earthly Restlessness.

The love and acceptance of God as described by
Henri AJ Nouwen in his beautiful book The Inner Voice of love...is brought to life.by the deep gentle
Voice of Murray Bobo.
I lay in bed at night and listened before sleep.
I let the words wash over me.
Try doing the same. Total peace and calm awaits you.

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Wow amazing

God gave me this exactly when I needed it,fabulous first book out of 100's that explains love.i will be getting more by this author

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Spoke right to my heart!

It seemed nearly every chapter touched my heart so deeply. I wish I knew how to internalize these words. They are so meaningful and personal. It is so much more than your average sermon saying "God Loves you" but he actually gives you ways, based on his own travailing experiences, on how to believe in God's love and that we need it more than the love of humanity. However, he does not want us to deny our needs for human affection- just to not need desperately. He has learned to grasp not for human love but for God, realizing the love of man is only a taste of God's love. There is a necessary emphasis on community as well.
I also appreciate the fact that he does not make this a novel or a storybook- he gets right to the point. Its nearly like reading his diary. So personal and precious.
-I will be reading this as a reference book over and over again.

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I love Fr. Nouwen's books!

I'm sad that he is no longer with us and sharing his wisdom and experience of God with us.

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Vulnerability

Henri Nouwen gives the gift of sincere vulnerability in this writing
of his search within. While listening I agreed many times with the struggles expressed. He also gives us his path to inner healing.

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Wonderful book full of spiritual insight!

Wonderful book full of spiritual insight! I am grateful to have encountered it! I love listening to it (on my third read); every chapter uplifts my heart in some way. A great read if your soul is experiencing darkness.

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Outstanding self-motivation book. #truth

The only thing that annoyed me a bit was the narrator. Otherwise, this is must-listen-to.

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Disappointment

This book should not have been published; it is both unfair to Nouwen and uncomplimentary to his many splendid books.

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