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Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life Paperback – 3 Aug 1998


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Fount; Special edition (3 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006280862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006280866
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Church Times said of Reaching Out '!wide maturity, full of insight.' The Tablet said that Nouwen was 'particularly good on the whole business of knowing ourselves.' The Church of England Newspaper said that is 'explores areas of spirituality rarely touched on in our evangelical tradition.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Henri Nouwen, who died in 1996, was one of the most significant writers on spirituality of the late twentieth century. Reaching Out combines two of his most popular books in one volume. With a foreword of personal appreciation by the ever popular Father Gerard Hughes, this special edition will be treasured by the many admirers of Henri Nouwen. The main part of the book is Reaching Out which answers the question "What does it mean to live a life in the Spirit of Jesus Christ?" The second part is Glimpse Beyond the Mirror which is a very personal account of the author's spiritual life in the aftermath of a terrible accident.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rev. M. Bonser on 20 July 2010
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I have given or loaned out more copies of this book than any other during the course of my pastoral ministry. It was given to me during a period of real difficulty and helped enormously. The description of the spiritual life as three movements: towards ourselves, a movement from loneliness to solitude; towards others, a movement from hostility to hospitality; and towards God, a movement from illusion to prayer; is helpful in itself. The book also builds from one section to the next, showing that each movement is dependent on the other. We can't move towards others if we are still struggling to meet our own loneliness because we will then use others rather than giving to them. Loneliness is a universal human experience and I would warmly commend this book not only to Christians, but to anyone with a sense that there is more to life than the material world. Nouwen's treatment of Psalm 4 in section three, illustrating that very often true prayer is about knowing ourselves before God is superb.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gaffer on 3 Dec. 2010
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This merits deep study. Written from the author's own experience in terms that are easily understood, this approach does more than ask us to listen carefully to ourselves, it takes us out into the world to welcome the stranger and out into the listening arms of God. To try to grasp the richness of this work I have read it twice and then written a seven page summary. This work can be life changing if one has the courage to empty one's self, to be still and to listen without intrusion.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2001
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Explores three spiritual tensions - between loneliness and solitude; hostility and hospitality; illusion and prayer. Or, reaching out to ourselves, to others, and to God.
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