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Author photo. 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.

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.

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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 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)
— biography from The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
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The Way of the Heart 1,699 copies, 11 reviews
With Open Hands 988 copies, 4 reviews
The Genesee Diary (Author) 849 copies, 9 reviews
Can You Drink the Cup? 750 copies, 10 reviews
Creative Ministry 649 copies, 3 reviews
Intimacy 387 copies, 1 review
Turn My Mourning into Dancing 328 copies, 2 reviews
Adam: God's Beloved 294 copies, 2 reviews
Aging: The Fulfillment of Life 278 copies, 2 reviews
In Memoriam 259 copies, 1 review
Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life (Author) 233 copies, 1 review
A Letter of Consolation 219 copies, 3 reviews
Jesus: A Gospel 118 copies
The Path of Waiting 42 copies, 2 reviews
Circles of Love 28 copies
Community 5 copies
Vuur in mijn hart 4 copies, 1 review
Oração 3 copies, 1 review
The wounded healer 1 copy, 1 review
A volta do filho Pródigo 1 copy, 1 review
Solitude 1 copy
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas (Contributor) 647 copies, 9 reviews
Life and Holiness (Introduction, some editions) 573 copies, 5 reviews
A Dry Roof and a Cow: Dreams and Portraits of Our Neighbours (Introduction, some editions) 39 copies
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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.

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