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HENRI J.M. NOUWEN was born in the Netherlands and was ordained a Catholic priest there. After coming to the United States, he taught at the University of Notre Dame and both the Yale and Harvard Divinity Schools. In 1986 he became pastor of the L Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto. The author of numerous books on spirituality, he died at the age of 64 in September, 1996. Narrator: MURRAY BODO, O.F.M., a Franciscan priest, is a poet and author and has a doctorate in literature from the University of Cincinnati. Bodo s gracious approach allows the spirit of Nouwen to lead the listener to a transforming experience."
The late Nouwen, a popular spiritual author and Catholic priest, referred to these writings as his "secret journal," written during the darkest period of his life, from December 1987 to June 1988. He was sustained during this time of personal despair by the support of others and by the spiritual imperatives he wrote to himself, which he shares here. In these dialogs of the soul, Nouwen forges through the anguish of personal doubt with a deep sense of humility and truthfulness. His insights are grounded in the conviction that individual suffering can lead to profound healing when love of self, others, and God remain present throughout our struggling. Recommended for public and theology libraries.
Nouwen, Catholic priest and popular author (The Wounded Healer, 1972), hit a six-month spiritual and mental crisis at the end of 1987 during which he "wondered whether I would be able to hold on to my life. Everything came crashing down‘my self-esteem, my energy to live and work, my sense of being loved, my hope for healing, my trust in God... everything." This book is his personal journal written during his time of anguish. For years, Nouwen felt his experience was too personal to share with the world, but on advice from friends, and in the hope that these insights would help nurture others, he published his journal entries. Although there are occasional gems here, most of these meditations are rather generic. Perhaps this generic quality may make Nouwen and his work more human to a public that has come to view him as a spiritual giant. (Nov.)