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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd (21 Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0232521026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0232521023
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henri Nouwen was a Dutch Roman Catholic priest who left a highly acclaimed academic career to share his life with people with mental disabilities as pastor of l'Arche Daybreak Community, Toronto, Canada. He died in 1996. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joanne on 6 Jun. 2009
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I was introduced to Henri Nouwen's writing with "Finding My Way Home" which was compiled after his death from writing and talks he had given. His books are short with great insight and a gentleness of writing. I was awestruck by "Finding My Way Home" which I suppose set a high bar for "The Wounded Healer" to meet.

So if I am honest I was disappointed by the first half of the book possibly because it was written around the year of my birth so references to recent studies (from 1969) on the character of young people as fatherless, convulsive and inward were a little hard to relate to. Although some of these characteristics probably continue - particularly fatherlessness I struggled to connect to Nouwen's thoughts.

However the third and fourth chapters utterly grabbed me and I will need to reread them to absorb more of the treasures that they hold. The overall theme is recognising we can only reach out to wounded people if we too recognise our own woundedness. He is speaking of spiritual and emotional healing rather than of physical healing. His take on loneliness caused a significant shift in my thinking.

"We live in a society in which loneliness has become one of the most painful human wounds.
But the more I think about loneliness, the more I think that the wound of loneliness is like the Grand Canyon - a deep incision in the surface of our existence which has become an inexhaustible source of beauty and self-understanding.
Therefore I would like to voice loudly and clearly what might seem unpopular and maybe even disturbing: The Christian life does not take away our loneliness; it protects and cherishes it as a precious gift...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DocZed01 on 11 May 2014
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Please be warned, this an item that seems to be cynically miss-sold as an "Audio-Book". I am trying to read the book when health permits. I purchased the audio-book after a recommendation from my Pastor - However this is : "An Unabridged segment" of the wonderful book, or "Sample" as it is described on the cover - I was astonished to find this level of 'Sharp-Practice' being, apparently, 'Endorsed' by Amazon. Hopefully this product will not be 'Miss-Sold' in future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By neil deuchar on 12 May 2013
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A classic account of what it means to engage genuinely with other people - in any sort of ministry or, for that matter, health or social care settings. The message of Chapter III is mind-numbingly important and should not be lost on those struggling to articulate what compassion means in today's world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By laurencekirk on 24 Aug. 2011
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The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society - This is an interesting and thought provoking book. I found it needed to be read in short bursts in order to take in all the valuable concepts that it raises.
Like most of Neuwen's books you grow to love them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary on 23 Jun. 2012
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Although written in the 70s for members of the US ministry, this book is as relevant today as it was then. It's quite intellectual, and I found its style intimidating at times.
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The Book has excellent content, a useful resource to read and learn from a 'master'. in preparation for embarking on serving in our church Healing Team. I am also reading "Dressed to Kill" by Rick Renner : about the armour of God : Helmet of Salvation, Breastplate of righteousness etc. Here's hoping with God's help I can be useful in the Kingdom.
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