Just a few days ago, I came upon words written by the celebrated spiritual author and Catholic preist, Henry Nouwen. I invite you to read and compare excerpts from my book, Listen Hear, A Divine Love Story with Nouwen's book The Inner Voice of Love. I didn't know him but I know what he knew. And this same Truth is what I wish to share now with all of you.
May your Joy Be Full,
Do you really want to be converted? Are you willing to be transformed? Or do you keep clutching your old ways of life with one hand while with the other you beg people to for help you change?
From Publishers Weekly: Henry Nouwen, Catholic priest and popular author (The Wounded Healer, 1972), hit a six-month spiritual and mental crisis at the end of 1987 during which he "wondered whether I would be able to hold on to my life. 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." This book is his personal journal written during his time of anguish. For years, Nouwen felt his experience was too personal to share with the world, but on advice from friends, and in the hope that these insights would help nurture others, he published his journal entries. Although there are occasional gems here, most of these meditations are rather generic. Perhaps this generic quality may make Nouwen and his work more human to a public that has come to view him as a spiritual giant.
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