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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Listening Is Life Changing

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.

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Compelling

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.

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A very good "read"

If you could sum up Life of the Beloved in three words, what would they be?

1. beloved 2. joyous 3. inspirational

What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of the Beloved?

The view of people as God views them, and the view of myself as God sees me!

Have you listened to any of Henri J. M. Nouwen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It was addictive. Each chapter built upon the previous one. It was hard to take a break.

Any additional comments?

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.

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POWERFUL MEDITATION

Would you listen to Life of the Beloved again? Why?

Yes I would because he is reflecting deeply on timeless and life-giving truths that we easily forget.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This question does not apply.

Which character – as performed by Henri J. M. Nouwen – was your favorite?

It is not a novel

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Discovering you are the Beloved.

Any additional comments?

Henri speaks to our hearts more than to our minds and his refreshing simplicity makes him a joy to listen to always!

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  • Mary
  • San Bernardino, CA, United States
  • 01-23-12

Life changing

What made the experience of listening to Life of the Beloved the most enjoyable?

How something can fail utterly at its original purpose and yet accomplish an even greater good.

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Life of the Beloved

What a gift to have this book read by the author. I have listened to this book several times - Each time I discover something new and meaningful to me and always at an appropriate time when I needed the insights that Henri Nouwen had to offer. Thank you

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  • Laredo, Texas
  • 08-23-17

In his own voice

Great to hear Nouwen narrate this gem of a book! I wish more of his books were recorded in his own voice...

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Thank You God for Choosing Me

Incredible book. Enlightening. Grateful to be reminded that I am important to God. My worthiness is a calling to be part of Gods Plan for me. I only wish I had known about Henri Nouwen whenever I was a troubled teenage. Then a troubled middle-age wife and mother. I am 74 years now and grateful for Henri Nouwens writings.

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This book spoke directly to my spirit! Thank you

The perfect motivational book for those of us struggling with big decisions! Thanks Fred for being the inspiration. I receive it!

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Honest effort to bring Christianity to seculars

Would you listen to Life of the Beloved again? Why?

Very honest trial to bring the love of God to the secular world. However... like Nouwen acknowledges in the end - not very successful.

What was most disappointing about Henri J. M. Nouwen’s story?

This is question of taste... I love that he did it by him self - but his English comes with a bad accent.

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  • Mrs. J. S. Jackson-gray
  • 01-18-17

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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