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Reaching out : the three movements of the spiritual life /
Henri J.M. Nouwen ; [drawings by Mona Mark].
imprint
Garden City, N.Y. : Image Books, c1986.
description
165 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
0385236824 (pbk.)
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imprint
Garden City, N.Y. : Image Books, c1986.
isbn
0385236824 (pbk.)
general note
"Complete and unabridged."
catalogue key
4139454
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [163]-165).
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Henri J. M. Nouwen is a Catholic priest who has taught at several theological institutes and universities in his home country of the Netherlands and in the United States. He now shares his life with people with mental disabilities at the L'Arche-Daybreak Community in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of many books on the spiritual life
Summaries
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With the clarity and depth characteristic of the classics, this spiritual bestseller lays out a perceptive and insightful plan for living a spiritual life and achieving the ultimate goal of that life-union with God. Nouwen views our spiritual "ascent" as evolving in three movements. The first, from loneliness to solitude, focuses on the spiritual life as it relates to the experience of our own selves. The second, from hostility to hospitality, deals with our spiritual life as a life for others. The final movement, from illusion to prayer, offers penetrating thoughts on the most mysterious relationship of all: our relationship to God. Throughout, Nouwen emphasizes that the more we understand (and not simply deny) our inner struggles, the more fully we will be able to embrace a prayerful and genuine life that is also open to others' needs. Reaching Out is a rich book to be read, reread, pondered, and shared with others. "It does not offer answers or solutions," Nouwen cautions, "but is written in the conviction that the quest for an authentic Christian spirituality is worth the effort and the pain, since in the midst of this quest we can find signs offering hope, courage, and confidence."
Main Description
With clarity and deep spiritual insight, this religious bestseller offers today's Christian a perceptive, systematic plan for living the spiritual life achieving union with God.
Main Description
With the clarity and depth characteristic of the classics, this spiritual bestseller lays out a perceptive and insightful plan for living a spiritual life and achieving the ultimate goal of that life -- union with God. Nouwen views our spiritual "ascent" as evolving in three movements. The first, from loneliness to solitude, focuses on the spiritual life as it relates to the experience of our own selves. The second, from hostility to hospitality, deals with our spiritual life as a life for others. The final movement, from illusion to prayer, offers penetrating thoughts on the most mysterious relationship of all: our relationship to God. Throughout, Nouwen emphasizes that the more we understand (and not simply deny) our inner struggles, the more fully we will be able to embrace a prayerful and genuine life that is also open to others' needs. Reaching Out is a rich book to be read, reread, pondered, and shared with others. "It does not offers answers or solutions," Nouwen cautions, "but is written in the conviction that the quest for an authentic Christian spirituality is worth the effort and the pain, since in the midst of this quest we can find signs offering hope, courage, and confidence."
Table of Contents
Foreword
Introduction
Reaching Out to Our Innermost Self: The First Movement: From Loneliness to Solitudep. 21
A Suffocating Lonelinessp. 23
A Receptive Solitudep. 37
A Creative Responsep. 49
Reaching Out to Our Fellow Human Beings: The Second Movement: From Hostility to Hospitalityp. 63
Creating Space for Strangersp. 65
Forms of Hospitalityp. 79
Hospitality and the Hostp. 101
Reaching Out to Our God: The Third Movement: From Illusion to Prayerp. 111
Prayer and Mortalityp. 113
The Prayer of the Heartp. 133
Community and Prayerp. 149
Conclusionp. 161
Notesp. 163
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