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Remembering Henri: The Life And Legacy of Henri Nouwen [Paperback]

By Gerald S. Twomey (Contributor)
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Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570756686  
EAN  9781570756689  

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On the tenth anniversary of Nouwen's death, reflections on his life and work by those who knew him At the time of his death in 1996, Henri Nouwen was already regarded as one of the world's most significant spiritual writers. Since then, through posthumous publications and reflections on his life and work, his reputation and influence have steadily grown. The essays collected here, all by people who knew and worked with him, represent an intimate tribute to his legacy. Contributors include Carolyn Whitney-Brown, Michael O'Laughlin, Michael Christensen, John Dear, Jim Forest, Chris Glaser, Robert Ellsberg, and Michael Ford, on such themes as Nouwen and friendship, compassion, the Eucharist, community, peacemaking, spiritual direction, prayer, and sexuality.

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Ten years after his death in 1996, Henri Nouwen remains one of the most popular and influential spiritual writers of our time. What accounted for his strong personal impact on so many people? The memories, anecdotes, and reflections collected here, all by people who knew and worked with him, shed light on the meaning of Nouwen's life, the diverese facets of his complex personality and the nature of his enduring legacy.

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Listen with Your Heart  Jan 13, 2007
The editors of "Remembering Henri" close their introduction with something of a reader's guide. If we listen with our hearts, they suggest, this collection may teach us more about ourselves than about Henri: "Allow him to uncover God`s grace in you...let yourself be caught...through his life and priestly ministry you will discover, just as he did, that you are God's beloved."

The authors of these essays knew and worked with Henri (he is not referred to as "Nouwen") in various phases of his career as university professor, psychologist, occasional monk, missionary, and finally as an assistant at L'Arche Daybreak, a Toronto community for people with severe disabilities. We hear about Henri's extraordinary ability to relate to others and unceasing efforts to form and participate in community, his near compulsion to write about his experiences and ideas with a level of detail that made some uncomfortable, and his total devotion to the Eucharist. One chapter focuses wholly on his "kinship" with Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn. A number of others refer to the effect Rembrandt's "Prodigal Son" had on Henri, who saw himself first as one, then the other son and finally as the father. Henri's fascination with the circus art of "flying" is another recurring theme. He ultimately determined that the key figure was the "catcher" not the flyer, an insight that helped him reach some hard decisions.

The above are but a few points of "flavor" I have pulled from this unique work as a way of encouraging others to read it while listening with their hearts.
A Sensitive and Informative Book  Jan 3, 2007
I remember Henri Nouwen since the years when I met him in the sixties, and I find the material in the book sensitive and informative, with incidents mentioned about his life that increase my admiration of him.
A Gem  Nov 20, 2006
If you're one of those who treasure Nouwen's body of work, this collection of essays will be an invaluable addition to your library. Nouwen was a special presence in the life of each of these writers, something that comes through unmistakenly on each page. Every treatise in this lovingly crafted volume provides context and insight that will enhance your understanding of Nouwen, the man, and his message. If you haven't read Henri Nouwen in a while, this book will enable you to return to his work with a deeper appreciation of a truly remarkable individual.
Reflections and Essays by Those Who Knew Nouwen Best  Nov 16, 2006
Some people knew Henri Nouwen as a Catholic priest, others as a college professor, still others as a spiritual writer who remained true to his Catholic faith but had the ability to speak to people of all faiths with a depth of understanding few others ever achieved. He was part monastic and spent a sabbatical living with Trappist monks. He was an activist who spent years traveling to Latin America and using his experiences to highlight the importance of human rights. He spent what were perhaps his happiest years living with people of varying abilities and handicaps. He was a public figure millions claimed to know intimately but also knew he couldn't be his true self with all people. All of these statements describe Henri Nouwen, yet even combining each we still don't have an accurate portrait of this man. It seems that even ten years after his death, we're still unraveling and discovering Henri Nouwen.

For anyone who loves the writings of Henri Nouwen and wishes to know more about him, the essays in REMEMBERING HENRI are indispensable. Editors Gerald Twomey and Claude Pomerleau collected writings from people who knew Nouwen in his various activities and ministries. While no one author tells a complete story, each contributes something that helps the reader understand him better. We see his restless nature, his ability to create communities and cultivate friendships, his deep spiritual side realizing the reason he was able to speak to people's hearts is because he was a fellow traveler and not a guru. We read reflections about his love of art, his insatiable desire to write about every experience he had as well as the challenges of editing a writer like Nouwen. Most of the essays are well written, and all reflect the love and devotion of those closest to Henri Nouwen.

Readers who own more than one of Nouwen's titles (my guess is that like the claims of Lays potato chips, no one can eat just one, no one who has read Nouwen can just own one title), this book will help readers get to know a great author better. We also see in these essays how a gifted man did use his talents in an extraordinarily broad way and have reflections by some of the people who knew Nouwen best.

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