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The Henri Nouwen Spirituality Series: A Spirituality of Living

The Henri Nouwen Spirituality Series

John S. Mogabgab, Henri J. M. Nouwen • March 2012

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What's the secret to living a spiritual life? So much is happening in our world that we often get distracted and listen to voices other than the voice of God.

"If we want to be disciples of Jesus, we have to live a disciplined life," Nouwen asserts.

In the spiritual life, discipline requires conscious effort to keep every area in life from being filled up. It means creating space in our life for God to act and speak.

Nouwen identifies 3 essential disciplines for maintaining a life of discipleship: solitude, community, and ministry.

In solitude we learn to listen to God through prayer. We realize that we are beloved sons and daughters of God.

In community we learn to celebrate, as well as to practice vulnerability and forgiveness.

After we have experienced solitude and community, we feel God's call to minister to a hurting world. God empowers us to do amazing things.

This encouraging, insightful book will inspire you to practice solitude, community, and ministry. The result, Nouwen promises, is a fruitful, Spirit-filled life.


Categories: Discipleship, Series
John S. Mogabgab, was the founding editor of Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life. From 1975 to 1980 John served as Henri Nouwen’s teaching, research, and editorial assistant at Yale Divinity School. John died August 8, 2014.

Henri J. M. Nouwen was an internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor, and beloved pastor who wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. Nouwen enjoyed an impressive academic career with positions at Notre Dame, Yale, and Harvard Universities. His commitment to explore the relationship between faith and justice led him to become involved in the civil rights movement and to make a number of trips to Central America. Nouwen lived the last ten years of his life as the pastor of L’Arche Daybreak in Toronto, one of the many communities founded by Jean Vanier. In L’Arche people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, create inclusive communities of faith and friendship, and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries. This became Nouwen’s home until his death in September 1996.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1088-3

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1096-8

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1162-0

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20120301

Trim Size: 5 in (w) x 8 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 64

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

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I know introverts who give priority to solitude. I know others who find strength in community. And I know busy colleagues in ministry who find time for neither solitude nor community. In his life, and now in his words, Henri Nouwen brings all three together—solitude, community, ministry—in a triad of spiritual health.
—Philip Yancey Author of *The Jesus I Never Knew,** *What’s So Amazing About Grace?** and many other books

I knew Henri personally, and like few friends, he knew how to say “pious” things in a profound way, seemingly impersonal things in a personal way, and offer serious challenges in a way that made you say, “Thank you!” He does it again in this fine book.
—Richard Rohr, O.F.M. Center for Action and Contemplation Albuquerque, New Mexico