This is Nouwen's attempt to explain spiritual life in secular language. Not many people are able to do this with even partial success; Nouwen by his own admission was not able to convey what he wanted to. But in this case, the glass is half full. Henri Nouwen was a man of profound faith as well as love: these things shine through. You just cannot find any complaints about Nouwen's book. This guy has a gift of touching deeply through his wriitng.