The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"This book is my secret journal," Nouwen wrote. At first he had no intention of sharing this personal diary of the difficult months when he felt all meaning in his life was missing and all ahead seemed a dark, bottomless abyss. In spite of his inner turmoil, Nouwen recorded the descent into his heart in these 63 journal entries. Friends persuaded him that sharing his painful soul-searching might help others who also struggle to embrace life with joy.
Throughout his life, Nouwen longed for deeper relationships with others and with God. "Do not hesitate to love and to love deeply," he urges. While your heart may break, he says, you will then have a choice - to become bitter or to stand in your pain and become fruitful with God as the spiritual guide of your life. The inner voice is a voice of love.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 13 minutes|
|Author||Henri J. M. Nouwen|
|Narrator||Murray Bodo O.F.M.|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 17, 2010|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #23,353 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#74 in Grief & Loss (Audible Books & Originals)
#441 in Love & Loss
#554 in Inspiration & Spirituality
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Michele Cushatt, Author recommended a book several months ago and I bought it. I'd never heard of Henri Nouwen up to that point.
It's taken me almost 3 months to get through this book. It has wrecked me emotionally and spiritually in good ways.
It's opened my eyes to toxic thoughts and emotions I've believed about myself and others.
Nouwen's words have brought me to my knees in repentance for relying more on relationships and validation than the love of God.
It took me 3 days to journal through one paragraph.
He says in the introduction..
"Everything came crashing down - my self-esteem, my energy to live and work, my sense of being loved, my hope for healing, my trust in God... everything. Here I was, a writer about the spiritual life, known as someone who loves God and gives hope to people, flat on the ground and in total darkness.
Just when all those around me were assuring me they loved me, cared for me, appreciated me, yes, even admired me, I experienced myself as a useless, unloved, and despicable person."
Yes... Yes... It's like he was sitting right beside me knowing exactly what I was feeling.
Nouwen's words brought me to a more intimate place with Christ. A place I was and still am desperate for.
This book... I have so much to say, yet it has left me speechless. I will go back to it time and time again through my life, no doubt.
I leave you with these words...
"God loves me. God's love is enough. And I must choose the solid place over and over again." - Henri Nouwen
He frames truth and pain in uncommon ways. It shows that he has thought deeply about his struggles, both with God and man. If you have travelled a season of spiritual anguish, then you will identify with Nouwen. His thoughts will give you hope and courage to continue the journey. It can be read in one day, but should be read a chapter a day. After this, I highly recommend you read his book "Reaching Out".
I will read it again and again, if not the entire book but those "chapters" that resonate with me.
This is a healing book that I would highly recommend to anyone who has wounds to heal and I am pretty sure that includes all of us!
Top reviews from other countries
Truly, this is a heart-breaking, deeply profound, beautiful expression of our brokenness, lostness and hope. It is so beautifully written with such tender simplicity that it cannot help but leave you with a sense of your life having been changed.
Buy many copies and bless many people with this book.
My husband has recently died. I could not manage a day without using this book to guide and refresh me.
I have a few copies at home which i give to people who are having a bumpy time.