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Henri Nouwen: A Book of Hours Paperback – 26 Jan 2009

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd (26 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0232527563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0232527568
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suus ero perfectus on 5 July 2009
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For anyone who has been touched by the living spirituality of Henri Nouwen this book is a must have. Short extracts of his inspired thoughts are complied as reflections to be turned to in the pattern of the day.
To follow the Book of Hours throughout the day, especially if you did it in addition to The Divine Office, would probably be too intense; there is SO much in his reflections!,but to turn to it every now and then, especially if you experience a period of "dryness" in any other pattern of your prayer life, would be a source of great richness.
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Henri Nouwen: A Human Being 4 Mar. 2009
By John E. Hart - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Robert Waldron's Henri Nouwen: A Book of Hours weaves together excerpts from the writings of this Dutch pastoral theologian in the form of a modern day Book of Hours. Waldron has arranged his prayer book around the Catholic Church's major canonical hours, those set intervals of time throughout the day and night when certain prayers are recited by monks, nuns and others. This valuable resource provides readings and reflections covering a four-week period of prayer and captures beautifully, the essence of Nouwen's spirituality.

Henri Nouwen was an inspired writer and teacher who wrestled mightily with his own humanity. He struggled with loneliness, depression and vulnerability. Eventually, he was able to embrace his own brokenness and in so doing, became more accessible to all.

Waldron has selected excerpts from Nouwen's writings which focus on the compassion, accessibility, openness, mercy, hospitality and unconditional love of a God who accepts and cherishes all people unconditionally.

This lovely book of prayer provides another means to enhance one's own relationship with an unconditionally merciful and loving God.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Tastes of Nouwen Arranged for Our Immersion in Prayer 21 July 2009
By David Crumm - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love little pocket-sized prayer books like this one. I've collected dozens of them over the decades and enjoy the challenge and clarity that comes with a focused theme for a season of prayer.

I'm also a longtime follower of the writings of Henri Nouwen, who we lost in 1996. He was such a beloved writer and teacher that I recall listening to a talk by Chicago's equally respected spiritual teacher Cardinal Bernardin. At that time, Nouwen was in his prime and Bernardin was talking to a group of other Catholic bishops about the emerging crop of spiritual writers who sometimes were outshining senior clergy in their ability to teach and move audiences. Bernardin told his fellow bishops about once having been booked to speak to a major conference--only to be told that he was bumped from his top spot "because Nouwen suddenly was available."

For those who didn't follow Nouwen's remarkable and spiritually provocative career, this little prayer book may be a tasty sampler of his insights. Pray along with these bits and pieces for some weeks, then you're likely to want to know more about the original works.

For myself, I'm especially drawn to Nouwen's constant faith that we can move through darkness into light, that we find the most insight among the neediest of people and that it is only in admitting our own vulnerability that we find new strength.

A super little spiritual tool that fits in your pocket. Who can ask for more?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent selections from Henri Nouwen 14 April 2009
By Loretta Hoffmann - Published on
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This book is, as the title suggests, written in the style of a book of hours. The selections are well chosen and since an index is provided for where they came from, I am sure it will lead the reader to want to read other writings by Nouwen. It is nicely formatted with some pleasant illustrations, comfortable to hold in the hand and, except for the price, which I consider a little high, it is an excellent book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys special readings for various times of the day. In addition to selections from Henri Nouwen, the Angelus, Salve Regina, and verses from the Holy Bible are included for each day.
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Book of Hours 30 April 2009
By Marilyn Raker - Published on
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It is by a person who knew Henri Nouwen. I really like Nouwen's books so I like this one also. He is such a good theologian.
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