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Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932–1996)

Author of The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

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About the Author

He was born in the Netherlands in 1932. An ordained priest and gifted teacher, he taught at several universities including Notre Dame, Harvard and Yale. He was a missionary in Peru. He died of a heart attack in 1996. (Publisher Provided) Henri J. M. Nouwen was born in Nijkerk, The Netherlands on show more January 24, 1932. He was ordained a priest in 1957. He taught theology at Yale University Divinity School from 1971 to 1981 and at Harvard Divinity School from 1983 to 1985. He was the pastor at Daybreak, the L'Arche community for the mentally handicapped in Toronto, Canada from 1986 to 1996. He wrote over 30 books on spirituality, healing, and ministry including Reaching Out, The Genesee Diary, The Wounded Healer, The Road to Daybreak, The Return of the Prodigal Son, and Can You Drink the Cup? He died of a heart attack on September 21, 1996 at the age of 64. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Images of Henri Nouwen at Immaculate Heart Hermitage, Big Sur, California courtesy of The Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection, Toronto, ON and the American Theological Library Association.


Works by Henri J. M. Nouwen

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming (1992) — Author — 3,380 copies
The Way of the Heart (1981) 1,857 copies
With Open Hands (1972) 1,074 copies
The Genesee Diary (1976) — Author — 918 copies
Can You Drink the Cup? (1996) 829 copies
Creative Ministry (1971) 706 copies
Intimacy (1969) 410 copies
Adam: God's Beloved (1997) 332 copies
In Memoriam (1980) 287 copies
Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life (2013) — Author — 282 copies
Letters to Marc About Jesus (1987) 279 copies
A Letter of Consolation (1982) 239 copies
Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers (1982) — Author — 154 copies
Jesus: A Gospel (2001) — Author — 136 copies
Ministry and spirituality (1996) 55 copies
The Path of Peace (1995) 48 copies
The Path of Waiting (1995) 47 copies
The Path of Freedom (1995) 47 copies
The Path of Power (1995) 38 copies
Circles of Love (1988) 30 copies
Hope for Caregivers (2017) 8 copies
The Lonely Search for God (2006) 7 copies
Community (2021) 6 copies
Vuur in mijn hart (2007) 4 copies
Een jaar met Henri Nouwen (2010) 4 copies
Ukraine Diary (2023) 3 copies
Curador Ferido, O (2019) 3 copies
Oração (2003) 3 copies
Håpets såkorn (1996) 3 copies
Over spiritueel leven (2006) 2 copies
Geliefd Henri (2019) 2 copies
Palabra de Amor: La búsqueda de la sanación integral (2002) — Contributor — 2 copies
Una Carta De Consuelo (2009) 2 copies
Even alleen (2003) 1 copy
Moeder een in memoriam (1984) 1 copy
Maktens väg (1996) 1 copy
Solitude 1 copy

Associated Works

Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas (2004) — Contributor — 753 copies
Life and Holiness (1963) — Introduction, some editions — 626 copies
A Dry Roof and a Cow: Dreams and Portraits of Our Neighbours (1994) — Introduction, some editions — 41 copies
Sunstone - Vol. 19:4, Issue 104, December 1996 (1996) — Contributor — 1 copy


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Nouwen, Henri Jozef Machiel
Other names
NOUWEN, Henri Jozef Machiel
NOUWEN, Henri J. M.
Date of death
Burial location
Sacred Heart Cemetery, King City, Ontario, Canada
Nijkerk, Netherlands
Place of death
Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Niederlande
Places of residence
Nijkerk, Netherlands (birth)
University of Nijmegen (Ph.D., psychology, 1964)
University of Nijmegen (Ph.D., theology, 1971
Catholic priest
Roman Catholic Church
Menninger Clinic
University of Notre Dame
University of Utrecht
Catholic Theological Institute
Yale University (show all 8)
Harvard Divinity School
L'Arche Daybreak Community
Short biography
Henri J. M. Nouwen was born in 1932,and ordained into the priesthood in 1957. 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. Nouwen next spent time as a missionary to the poor in war and poverty-torn areas of Latin America,including Bolivia,Peru,Mexico,Nicaragua,and Honduras. In his last years of life,he was a pastor at L'Arche Daybreak,a community for handicapped adults in Canada. Henri Nouwen was the author of over 30 books,including The Wounded Healer; Our Greatest Gift; Life of the Beloved; and others.




Not my favorite Nouwen book. It felt vague and hard to pin down what he was saying. Maybe I need to reread at a later date.
KoestK | 5 other reviews | Feb 12, 2024 |
The cycle of the liturgical year engages us with an entirely different rhythm than our usual frenzied pace. It invites us to live time in eternity, to discover a new understanding of God and creation.

Henri Nouwen lived the liturgical year with sensitivity and imagination. The feasts and seasons inspired his sermons on the great mysteries of our faith. And praying the liturgical year gave him a glimpse of eternity in the present moment.

Nouwen s responses to the spiritual seasons were often delicately woven into the fabric of his writing. Eternal Seasons gathers, for the first time, selections for an entire liturgical year from forty of Nouwen s books.

This valuable companion features a thoughtful introduction for each of the liturgical seasons, followed by a generous selection of brief, readable passages. Whether focusing on the tenor of the season, the many dimensions of a feast day, or the import of a particular saint, these readings enable us to reflect and pray in closer harmony with the church s year.
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StFrancisofAssisi | 1 other review | Jan 16, 2024 |
A year long read of journal entries from a Dutch priest and professor as he experiences a dark night of the soul. You be hard pressed not to recognize yourself in at least one of the journal entries, and more likely will recognize much in yourself over the journey. His experiences help to focus the spirit in anguish to a new understanding of faith and spiritual being.

Highly recommended!!!!!
5 bones!!!!!
blackdogbooks | 8 other reviews | Dec 26, 2023 |
This is a lovely book of spiritual writings but I found it a bit too old time antifemale to continue with. It's not a message I am comfortable with in the current environment and I'm too stressed to take on the mental arguing I would do while reading it. Recommended for firm Catholics, not wobbly ones like me.
Dabble58 | 4 other reviews | Nov 11, 2023 |



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