I am reading this book in March 2020 as coronavirus is rampaging around the world, changing much about our comforting daily routines. So the subtitle's reference to "an age of anxiety" seems eerily appropriate even though this book, which was published in 2019, is based on a series of six Lenten talks given by Catholic priest Henri J.M Nouwen in 1985 when he was suffering with his own personal and professional anxieties.
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!