I am sure that one of the things a bookworm would love to receive on his/ her birthday is a book. What else ? He/she is a full-time reader, a book lover, or a bibliophile, whatever names or slang you can make up , all he/ she wants on any special occasions is a book. So, although a few days off before my 30th birthday, a special friend of mine has already sent me her love with an advanced gift recently. It is another work by Henri Nouwen– In My Words compiled by Robert Durback.
Book Description:Hardcover, 160 pagesPublished September 5th 2001 by Liguori Publications
This is a thematic collection of memorable writings of Henri Nouwen inviting readers to share spiritual intimacy with this popular writer about prayer, depression, friendship, peace, and other topics.
His works connect to or touch the lives of people in a language they can understand, and lead them to places where they need to be. Henri J. M. Nouwen, a Dutch Roman Catholic priest who died in 1996, was one of this century’s most popular spiritual writers. His accounts of his experiences as a leader in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s and in the antinuclear movement are models of balance between the political and personal aspects of Christian faith.
Nenri Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian.He had deep passion for psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. In fact, he authored 4o books on spiritual life.
He caught the attention of the world for his working with mentally and physically handicapped people at the L’Arche Daybreak community in Richmond HIll, Ontario.
As far as I remember , I learned of Henri Nouwen when my Korean nun student brought him up in our class and told me that she wanted to follow him. Thereafter, I started to be obsessed with his works, curious about his strong passions for others, how the man made a difference to her. At that time, I was still religiously bothered and agitated as how I looked up to Thomas Merton a lot. So, I had access to one of his works when one of my other nun students lent me the Aging: The Fulfillment of Life. You can read my simple review here .
Given the fact that I am now an advocate atheist, reading such a book still piques my interest, especially I find Henri Nouwen an influential person, a la Thomas Merton or Mother Theresa. Besides, I love reading people’s works which give a profound impact upon the world .
Thanks Sister Clara. 🙂
I wonder what is the next gift someone will give me. 🙂
Age is a number and mine is unlisted. –Anonymous–