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The Way of the Heart (1981)

by Henri J. M. Nouwen

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The modern classic that interweaves the solitude, silence, and prayer of the fourth- and fifth-century Egyptian Desert Fathers and Mothers with our contemporary search for an authentic spirituality.
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Still one of the best, short treatments of kenotic spirituality. ( )
  thegreyhermit | Jul 23, 2021 |
It's funny. Sometimes a book will impact you profoundly and other times, meh. And it's often where you are in life that determines a books impact more than the book itself, at least that's how I feel about this one. The book in some ways is similar to Nouwen's In the Name of Jesus - both books center on three disciplines, written for ministers, with great reasons to pursue them. This was a good book and worth reading and being reminded of certain things I believe. It's kinda like a I-want-to-move-in-this-direction-kind-of book. But overall I'd recommend In the Name of Jesus over it.

The thing that did surprise me is how contemporary Nouwen sounds when he describes the world - fear of war, destruction, the works... basically the same stuff people are saying today.

As an aside - I read an old version before the edits and revisions, I think, so there were some differences. ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
"On the long road it's good to have Nouwen and his divining rod. Deftly he bends toward the drop of spiritual wisdom caked in the most ordinary things." --Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author ofDead Man Walking Henry J.M. Nowuen, one of the greatest of all spiritual writers, invites us to search deeply for the well-springs that nourish true ministry in his classicThe Way of the Heart. Interweaving the solitude, silence, and prayer of the fifth-century Egyptian Desert Fathers and Mothers with our contemporary search for an authentic spirituality, The Way of the Heart not only leads us to a fuller encounter with God, but to a more creative ministry with our fellow human beings. Here is one of the most profound works from a writer known for his fresh and perceptive insights--and who stands alongside C.S. Lewis and Thomas Merton as an essential Christian scholar and thinker.
  Fellowshipwc | Sep 14, 2020 |
he Way of the Heart. Interweaving the solitude, silence, and prayer of the fifth-century Egyptian Desert Fathers and Mothers with our contemporary search for an authentic spirituality, The Way of the Heart not only leads us to a fuller encounter with God, but to a more creative ministry with our fellow human beings. Here is one of the most profound works from a writer known for his fresh and perceptive insights—and who stands alongside C.S. Lewis and Thomas Merton as an essential Christian scholar and thinker
  StFrancisofAssisi | Mar 26, 2020 |
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  collectionmcc | Mar 6, 2018 |
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