Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Over the course of his life, Henri Nouwen wrote thousands of letters to friends, acquaintances, parishioners, students, and readers of his work all around the world. He corresponded in English, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish and took great care to store and archive the letters decade after decade. He believed that a thoughtful letter written in love could truly change someone's life. Many people looked to Nouwen as a long-distance spiritual advisor.
Love, Henri consists of over 100 letters that stretch from the earliest years of Henri's career up through his last 10 years at L'Arche Daybreak. Rich in spiritual insights, the letters highlight a number themes that emerged in both Henri's work over the years, including vocation, solitude, prayer, suffering, and perseverance in difficult times. These deeply spiritual letters, sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, ulimately demonstrate the rich value of communicating with God through others.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 41 minutes|
|Author||Henri J.M. Nouwen|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 10, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #105,262 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#207 in Christian Discipleship (Audible Books & Originals)
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#2,462 in Christian Spiritual Growth (Audible Books & Originals)
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Each letter in this collection is introduced in order to put the letter in context. Without these introductions, the book would have been impossible to read.
I found that I could only read short segments; this is not a book to sit and read through. I needed time to remove myself from Nouwen's struggles and personal afflictions and take a breath or two away from the book.
All in all it was an interesting experiment in putting this collection together for Nouwen's followers.
Overall, a very well-edited and engaging work.
Recommended, especially for Nouwen fans (he wrote 39 books and three million copies are in circulation), who will learn a great deal from this "insider's view) of his personality and soul.
A man unafraid to share his vulnerability and so who invites us to a whole new way living as men of God, liberated from stereotypes of masculinity by inviting us to enter into the Unconditional Love of God for us, that sees us free to be who we really are, without fear in the libeating freedom of being loved and accepted without having to wear a mask or pretend that we are someone/somewhere that is basically a false idea of perfection and masculinity.
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Not sure how they decided what to publish but these are touching!