A Spirituality of Caregiving
The Henri Nouwen Spirituality SeriesJohn S. Mogabgab, Henri J. M. Nouwen • April 2011
If you provide care for another person, whether you are a family member or a professional caregiver, you know that caregiving is hard, sometimes unappreciated work. But have you ever considered that it isn't easy to be the care receiver?
"Caregiving is … about forming a relationship with another whom we might never have chosen to know. It is about doing all we do practically with the intention of growing into a relationship of respect, listening, presence, and truthfulness," Henri Nouwen writes.
From the heart of Henri Nouwen comes wisdom for the caregiver about the transformational power of relationship in the unique bond between caregiver and care receiver. Interlacing stories from his own life and the lives of friends, Nouwen communicates warmth and compassion as he shares insights on what it means to be a caregiver and to be cared for.
Whether you have chosen to be a caregiver or were thrust into the role by circumstances, you'll see how important and life-changing your work is. You'll also be encouraged by this beloved author who has been called one of the most influential spiritual writers of our time.
John S. Mogabgab was the founding editor of Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, serving in that role for 25 years. As special projects editor for Upper Room Books from 2010 until his death in 2014, he oversaw the completion of the Henri Nouwen Series and A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God. From 1975–1980 John was Henri Nouwen’s teaching, research, and editorial assistant at Yale Divinity School.
Imprint: Upper Room
Pub Date: April 2011
Trim Size: 5 in (w) x 8 in (h) x in (d)
Page Count: 72
BISAC Categories: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Eldercare
—Don E. Saliers Wm. R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology, Emeritus Emory University Caregiving can be an intimate act of compassion, a challenging chore, and a blessed moment of grace. This collection of Nouwen’s reflections on caregiving provides a refreshing and encouraging spiritual resource for family caregivers and professionals alike. I highly recommend this for all caregivers.
—Greg Kepferle Chief Executive Officer Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County *A Spirituality of Caregiving** is an exquisite, poignant gathering of Henri Nouwen’s reflections on the anguish and joys of providing care for one another. Emerging from the “trial by fire” of his own experience with those needing his intimate help, Nouwen delves deeply and honestly into the ambiguities of the caregiving experience—the gifts as well as the enormous physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges. Through his own struggle, Nouwen came to understand that caregiving can be a call to mutual spiritual presence— to a growth in love that provides “an opportunity for inner healing, liberation, and transformation for the one being cared for and for the one who cares.” Both practical and inspiring, these reflections invite professional and private caregivers and care receivers to consider and explore a new view of caring—one full of hope and promise, and, most of all, blessing!
—Jane Thibault Clinical Professor of Gerontology and Geriatrics School of Medicine, University of Louisville Author of *10 Gospel Promises for Later Life** and coauthor of *No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted**