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In this hope-filled book, Nouwen offers a fresh interpretation of modern ministry. Here he offers inspiration to men and women who want to be of service in their Church or community but who have found the traditional ways of ministry alienating and ineffective. According to Nouwen, "the minister is called to recognize the sufferings of his time in his own heart and make that recognition the starting point of his service."

©1972 Henri J.M. Nouwen (P)2006 St. Anthony Messenger Press

Critic Reviews

"One's overall response to this book has to be 'Yes.' Yes, this describes a style of ministry desperately needed by all of us." ( The Christian Century)

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I had to focus but am so glad I did!

This was a inspiring! I am accustomed with audiobooks to be able to keep busy while half listening. This one required for me to go back and really listen at key points. I am so glad I did. It was life changing!

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Should be read by every Ministers

Nouwen's commentary on the human context, condition, and cure is a relevant today, perhaps even more so, as when it was first written. Audible version well read and easy to listen to.

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Emotional Spiritual Maturity

Your heart and mind must be open to the move of God while listening to this book. It's all relevant information just hard to wrap your carnal mind around so you must listen with your spiritual ears through your heart. When you tell God you are available it also means to love the unlovable. NOT opening your heart and mind to unconditionally love spiritually will only allow your flesh to continue to run your body. God is calling for us as believers to go from faith to faith and glory to glory. This books will quicken your spirit to mature to another level og glory if you are totally committed to surrendering yourself to submit to the will of God for your life. The only way your going to enjoy walking by faith and implementing what this book has to offer is to let go and let God have His way by allowing God's holy spirit to convict you: GOD'S LOVE IS THE ONLY LOVE TO COMFORT THE WOUNDED HEART....INSIDE OF YOU TO COMFORTTHE WOUNDED HEART INSIDE OF OTHERS IN ORDER TO START LIVING IN A NEW WORLD ORDER TO GIVE GOD THE GLORY!!! Ultimately it's all about giving God the glory in everything we do. The book is only for those looking or ready to go to another level of Glory.

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Profound, Transcendent, and Timeless truths

Profound truths to live by today. Transforming reading for those seeking to minister to a hurting world.

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It's Henri Nouwen... It's amazing.

This book serves as a timeless guide for how to minister to a secular world. It offers practical, and somewhat atypical advice on approaching people where they are. Definitely a must read.

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Appreciation with some critique

I appreciated the book and the general concepts very much. I just truly struggled with the non-inclusive, male-dominated pronoun use in the book. I appreciate that the author acknowledged this at the end, but it's not enough to say one hopes that non-male people can get something out of a book when we are constantly having to translate pronouns in order to fit our experiences into the same concepts being put forth. I would applaud Nouwen and others if they took the time to revisit their older works to see how one might include other gender references and it just might open up a new world of experience for us all. peace.

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An excellent read/listen.

I enjoyed it. definitely hit right on the head of where I am in life and my purpose therein. This book was recommended to me and I will definitely share with others.

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Life changing

This book redefines what it means to be a minister or Christian servant of any kind and any denomination. It moves past the thinking that we must have it “all together” in our own struggles before we can effectively minister to others to the reality of how we can in fact offer the most to others by being authentically who we are. The tone of the language tells of the time at which it was written, but the spirit of message transcends time and place.

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The Wounded Healer

I am continually surprised how untrained and ill prepared ministers are when dealing with issues that the congregation face daily. Thank goodness there are books that help, like this one. That will occur if they read them. I pray that they will.

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Must read for Christian leaders

Our struggle to reach other and therefore reach ourselves is beautifully described in this book.