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Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety Hardcover – September 17, 2019
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“In classic fashion, Henri Nouwen offers a compelling vision of what it means to follow Jesus that is stunningly simple and profoundly deep. In a world marked by debilitating anxiety, these reflections ground us in a way of being that helps us find our way to God and to one another. For nearly twenty years I have regularly come back to Nouwen’s words for encouragement and wisdom. As usual, he doesn’t disappoint. What a gift!”—Rich Villodas, lead pastor, New Life Fellowship
“Amid global catastrophe, in an age heavy with anxiety about our collective future, the gentle voice of Henri Nouwen calls to us across time and space. In his signature simple yet profound way, he invites us with love to turn our gaze to Love itself: the presence of God in Christ, who is with us always. May this beautiful collection calm our fears and make us more attuned to that healing presence.”—Katelyn Beaty, author of A Woman’s Place
“Henri Nouwen remains one of my favorite authors. His words are full of grace and substance. With both simplicity and laser precision, Nouwen invites us to follow Jesus wherever He leads. Opening the pages, I found my anxious heart instantly settled. Our daily lives often end in exhaustion, full of restless wandering or idle passivity. Following Jesus leads us from fear to love—and in the secure place of love, we find life and connection to God and one another.” —Vivian Mabuni, speaker and author of Open Hands, Willing Heart: Discover the Joy of Saying Yes to God
“In Following Jesus, Nouwen offers us a lifeline from the all-consuming culture of stress and self, and invites us into an introspective yet others-focused faith, where Christ is at the center of our souls and our pursuits. I found great freedom in this book, especially in the prayers at the end of every chapter, and I know that in the digital age it will be a respite for every believer who is constantly ‘connected’ yet struggles with loneliness, comparison, and isolation. Henri is a gift to our generation, and the generations to come.” —Ashley Abercrombie, author of Rise of the Truth Teller, speaker, and cohost of the Why Tho? podcast
“The late Dutch Catholic priest and spiritual writer Nouwen unpacks what it means to be a follower of Jesus in modern society in this excellent posthumous collection of essays. . . . For Christians interested in Nouwen, this collection of his writings will serve as a fine introduction.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Gabrielle Earnshaw is a historian and founding archivist of the Henri Nouwen Archives in Toronto, Canada. She has been the adviser to the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust for eighteen years and is consulted throughout the world on Nouwen and his literary legacy. She is the editor of Love, Henri and You Are the Beloved, drawn from the works of Henri Nouwen.
- Publisher : Convergent Books (September 17, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1101906391
- ISBN-13 : 978-1101906392
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.67 x 8.53 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This will take Christians back to the basics of why we believe. It is an easy-to-read and easy-to-comprehend book that will not only soothe your soul, but also reinvigorate your faith.
It doesn't take a pandemic to ignite our fears. We are often afraid. Many live with what seems like permanent fear and brokenness. As Nouwen says, "Fear creeps up on us in all kinds of ways." If you don't want that fear to rule your life and taint your happiness, Nouwen says the key is to turn to God—the truth, the light, and the life. That is where we find true spiritual joy and divine healing.
Most of all, this short book is packed page by page with extraordinary wisdom. It is inspirational. It is smart. And it is comforting. Read it!
“Are you following Jesus? I want you to look at yourself and ask that question. Are you a follower? Am I?” With those words, Fr. Henri Nouwen began a series of six talks presented during Lent 1985 on following Jesus. These never-before published talks were deftly transcribed and faithfully edited by Nouwen archivist and scholar Gabrielle Earnshaw into the recently released book Following Jesus – Finding our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety by Henri J. M. Nouwen.
The words said by Henri Nouwen to an ecumenical group listening in the basement of St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge near Harvard where he was teaching are not dissimilar to what might have been said by St. Francis (Nouwen’s favorite saint) to his brothers at the Portiuncula in Assisi. And those same words would be a most appropriate in a homily at Mass or anyplace that Christians gather to share their faith. This wonderful little book prompts us to listen for Jesus saying, “Follow me. Don’t keep running around. Follow me. Don’t just sit there. Follow me.” Each day we have the opportunity to accept or ignore the invitation. The choice is ours.
Through Scripture and his keen understanding of human nature and our woundedness, Nouwen gently guides us to follow Jesus in six steps starting with The Invitation (“Come and See”); responding to The Call (“Come Follow Me”); accepting The Challenge (“Love Your Enemies”); bearing The Cost (“Take Up Your Cross”); sharing The Reward (“My Joy Will Be Yours”); and living The Promise (“I Will Be With You Always”). At every step, Nouwen reveals God’s love for us as individuals and as a community of believers and helps us to see how Jesus calls us into relationship with him and his Father.
In a letter to his nephew Marc, Henri Nouwen wrote, “If you were to ask me point-blank, ‘What does it mean to you to live spiritually?’ I would have to reply, ‘Living with Jesus at the center.’” Following Jesus is Nouwen’s personal testimony about how to live with Jesus at the center. Nouwen writes, “Following Jesus is focusing on the One who calls and gradually trusting that we can let go of our familiar world and that something new will come.” And, “(Following Jesus) is a letting go of our worldly self to find our true self in Jesus.” Continuing on, “Following Jesus means following the Lord who is the Lord of history, the Lord who is with us here now and here, at this moment.” Finally, “(Following Jesus is) to live fully in the present, because God is always the God of now, of here. The day in which we live is the day of the Lord. . . . Prayer and service are at the heart of following Jesus.”
You might consider reading this book yourself during Advent and then giving it as a Christmas gift to those you love. There is no better holiday gift than choosing to follow Jesus and Henri Nouwen is an trustworthy and spirit-filled guide.
quotation marks, is different in his book ,that what actually is said in the bible >> John 15, 4-8 and John 15, 15-16. I do like what he is saying and agree with it, but you can not miss quote, that is incorrect, if you want to paraphrase, then you omit the quotation marks.
When he describes saying good bye to some kids he spent months with and one of them brought out a coke and some crackers, then in reflection he calls that "communion", I just had to set it aside. No, coke and crackers shared is not "communion". Certainly one might use those elements in an emergency maybe? But, you don't accidentally have communion by sharing a soda and crackers with someone. He takes the holiness out of things, the reverence and meaning are stripped away.