A dutchborn catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books about spirituality. We need now still to be blessed too through his death. Books such as the return of the prodigal son, adam, compassion, life of the beloved all emphasis this. Sep 21, 2012 a dutchborn catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books about spirituality. Henri nouwen spiritual direction catholic ave maria press. Nouwen was born in 1932,and ordained into the priesthood in 1957. Henri nouwens intimate, inspiring diary of his first year in the larche. If you are new to henri nouwen, here are some books to get you started. See more ideas about henri nouwen, people fr and divinity school. On the back cover, nouwen stated, this book has helped me a great deal.
A roman catholic priest, university of notre dame, yale and harvard professor, author and social activist, nouwen possessed a unique insight into the human condition. Henri nouwen was a spiritual thinker with an unusual capacity to write about the life of jesus and the love of god in ways that have inspired countless people to trust life more fully. In addition to teaching nouwen was a prolific writer, authoring more than 40 books and hundreds of articles related to the christian spiritual life including contemplative spirituality, prayer, the desert mothers and fathers, icons, ministry, theological education, peacemaking, prayer, death and the trapeze. Larche was his spiritual homecoming, a time during which he published 11 books, and was working on five books that were left in various stages of. Priest, writer, mentor, misfit commonweal magazine. The holy longing, ronald rolheiser refers to henri nouwen as the spiritual. Indeed, it was destined to change his life forever. Nouwens books are widely read today by protestants and catholics alike. The holy inefficiency of henri nouwen christianity today. Spiritual direction kindle edition by nouwen, henri j. He pursued an academic career,specializing in psychology from 1964 to 1982,with positions at the menninger clinic,notre dame,the university of nijmegen,harvard,and yale. Nouwens books, which are still being read today, include the wounded healer, in the name of jesus, clowning in rome, life of the beloved and the way of the heart. His books are widelyread today by both protestants and catholics alike.
Two decades ago, on september 21, 1996, while on the way to st. So in 1985 nouwen resigned from harvard and went to stay at the larche community in trosly, france. Nouwen did believe what was most personal is most universal, and he always wrote from the heart eg the inner voice of love. When henri nouwen left the world of academe and headed for the. After almost two decades of teaching at yale and harvard he spent the rest of his life serving as a pastor in a laarche community of the mentally handicapped near. Twentythree years ago, the spring issue of harvard divinity bulletin included the following announcement. Even though adam couldnt speak, walk, or express himself, the author was touched by his pure being. Windborne productions is pleased to present this onehour documentary on one of the most significant spiritual leaders of our generation, henri nouwen. Father nouwen was a good friend of the late cardinal joseph bernardin. The appointment begins with the 198384 academic year and will be on a halftime spring only basis to allow nouwen. He taught at the university of notre dame as well as at yale and harvard universities. Henri nouwens intimate, inspiring diary of his first year in the larche community called daybreak, where he now makes his home and practices his ministry. Henri had sent it from an airport as he traveled from his community in toronto to his beloved homecountry of holland.
This book has been complied posthumously from published and unpublished sources. When henri nouwen moved to larche daybreak community, adam, a severely handicapped young man, was the first person he was asked to care for. A dutchborn catholic priest, professor and pastor, he gained international renown as the author of over forty books on the spiritual life, including such classics as the wounded healer, the inner voice of love, the return of the prodigal son, and life of the beloved. First, while this is a book of henri nouwen s writings it is not a book which henri nouwen wrote.
Henri nouwens intimate letters shed light on his theology. Following the movements of the spiritthis is michael j. Henri nouwen 1932 1996 was a dutch catholic priest, seminary professor of psychology and spiritual theology, writer, and, most of all, a great lover of god and people. The genesis of at least four other books he wrotereturn of the prodigal son, in the. My wife picked up this book because friends of ours were culling their books and we both have read a fair amount of henri nouwen, but mostly from before his move to larche daybreak in 1986. Second, while im not sure this thought was in the editors minds when this first book was published it has since turned out to be the first of a posthumous trilogy on.
Larche was his spiritual homecoming, a time during which he published 11 books, and was working on five books. Jona s, fournd and director of the empty bell contemplative center in massachusetts, is a psychotherapist, spiritual director, and retreat leader as well as author and musician. Oct 05, 2016 during this period, nouwens energies blazed. Sep 27, 2016 henri nouwen 19321996 is widely recognised as one of the most influential spiritual writers of the twentieth century.
Henri jozef machiel nouwen, nijkerk, january 24, 1932 hilversum, september 21, 1996 was a dutch catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life. He felt so nourished by them that he agreed to become priest in residence at a similar. We have been called to be fruitful not successful, not productive, not accomplished. Dec 05, 2016 two decades ago, on september 21, 1996, while on the way to st. Finally, nouwen fell into the arms of the l arche community in france, a home for the seriously disabled. It is an interview in 1988, by arthur boers, published in the other side magazine. A book of hours is a beautiful new compilation based on the writings of henri nouwen, one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time. In the preface to his groundbreaking book, the holy longing, doubleday, 1999 ronald rolheiser refers to henri nouwen as the spiritual writer who most influenced our generation. They help to explore and explain the spiritual depth that should animate the christian worldview. When i received the 25 th anniversary edition of walk with jesus in the mail, i was already reading another book by fr. Henri nouwen was born in nijkerk, the netherlands on january 24, 1932. The wounded healer is a hopefilled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. The wounded healer as a spiritual guide henri nouwen soul.
Henri nouwen 19321996 is widely recognised as one of the most influential spiritual writers of the twentieth century. Dedicating his book to nouwen, rolheiser refers to him as our generations kierkegaard, summing up the special appeal in his writings and lectures that drew so many readers and seekers. M download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Nouwen 1932 introduction to the author henri nouwen was born in nijkerk, holland and came to the u. Through his many books, which continue to be widely popular, nouwen wrote. The wounded healer, in the name of jesus, clowning in rome, the life of the beloved and the way of the heart are just a few of the more widely. He probed deeply at the meaning of living a spiritual life that.
In the summer of 1985 henri nouwen joined the larche community in troslybrueil, france. This book is about what the author learned about spirituality through his special friend, adam. This is henri nouwens own personal favorite book, based on nouwens reflections on a rembrandt painting called prodigal son, which hangs in the hermitage in st. In 1986 nouwen accepted the position of pastor for a l arche community called daybreak in canada, near toronto. Petersburg to shoot a documentary based on his acclaimed spiritual meditation, the return of the prodigal son, henri nouwenpriest, writer, professor, and pastoral mentordied of a heart attack in his homeland of the netherlands. Nouwen 19321996 was a catholic priest who taught at several theological institutions and universities in his home country of the netherlands and in the united states.
His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. Henri nouwens books include the return of the prodigal son, life of the beloved, the road to daybreak, adam. He taught at the universities of harvard, yale, and notre dame before becoming the senior pastor of larche daybreak in toronto, canada, a community where men and women with intellectual. Henri jozef machiel nouwen, nijkerk, january 24, 1932 hilversum, september 21, 1996 was a dutch catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. Books by henri nouwen the canon chronological this is the chronological listing of henri nouwens work his canon. Nouwens endorsement of a book by hindu spiritual teacher eknath easwaran, teaching mantra meditation, further illustrates his universalistic sympathies. Henri nouwens spiritual journey to larche and finding the heart of god the passages below are taken from father henri j.
Most widely read among the over 40 books father nouwen wrote is in the name of jesus. Nouwen with open hands, henri nouwens first book on spirituality and a treasured introduction to prayer, has been a perennial favorite for over thirty years because it gently encourages an open, trusting stance toward god and offers insight to the components of prayer. Finally, nouwen fell into the arms of the larche community in france, a home for the seriously disabled. Henri spent nine months living and sharing in life with people with and without learning disabilities. The road to daybreak is henri nouwen s intimate diary that records his poignant year at larche, which began in the summer of 1985, a precious time of inner renewal and selfdiscovery. Nouwen 19321996, one of the most popular spiritual writers of our time, was ordained a priest in 1957 in holland. Henri nouwen society his life henri nouwen society.
Apr 02, 2016 henri jozef machiel nouwen, nijkerk, january 24, 1932 hilversum, september 21, 1996 was a dutch catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life. Henri nouwen has blessed many of us, through his books and through the example of his life. Arriving at larche community in trosly, he felt as if he had finally come home. In this book, henri nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for.
Nouwen wrote about his relationship with adam, a core member at l arche daybreak with profound developmental disabilities, in a book titled adam. Books by henri nouwen the canon chronological this is the chronological listing of henri nouwen s work his canon. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nouwens books, which are still being read today, include the wounded healer, in the name of jesus, clowning in rome, life of the beloved and the way of the heartthe results of a christian century magazine survey conducted in 2003 indicate that nouwens work was a first choice of authors for. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Henri jozef machiel nouwen january 24, 1932 september 21, 1996 was a dutch catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. Priester henri nouwen schreef veel boeken rond christelijke spiritualiteit. Over the course of his life, nouwen was heavily influenced by the work of anton boisen, thomas merton, rembrandt, vincent van gogh, and jean vanier. Nouwens book the road to peace, edited by john dear in 1998. Mind you, those books have had a considerable influence on me, so i welcomed the chance to follow nouwens journal in the year proceeding his move. Inspired by larche, the worldwide network of communities where handicapped people and their assistants try to live together in the spirit of the scriptures, nouwen shows how these three elements offer the essential key to a life free from the domination of fear and filled instead with hope and love. Way of the heart conference celebrates henri nouwens. We can only survive our world when we trust that god knows us. Henri jozef machiel nouwen nouen, 19321996 was a dutchborn catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life.
A roman catholic priest and psychologist, he has taught at several prestigious universities, including yale harvard and notre dame. Van zijn boeken werden meer dan 7 miljoen exemplaren verkocht. Nouwen was a worldrenowned spiritual guide, counselor, and bestselling author of over forty books that many today consider spiritual classics. After nearly two decades of teaching at the theological institute in utrecht, holland, the univ. It is edited and compiled by robert waldron nouwen spent his life helping people respond to the universal yearning for love, unity and communion that doesnt go away. In this book, henri nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and. Nouwen spent his life helping people respond to the universal yearning for love, unity and communion that doesnt go away. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading spiritual direction.181 875 83 1104 894 1016 400 444 12 386 819 1585 117 935 958 1399 1300 801 1340 104 1138 497 1121 621 1500 1170 740 513 27 1402 573 171 759 2 1260 715 205 828 1254 1440 968 165 147 428 1350 475