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Product details

  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media (30 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867168234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867168235
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.7 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,584,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings -- a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister. It is his contention that ministers are called to recognize the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering -- in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience, "The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Henri J.M. Nouwen was a Catholic priest who taught at several theological institutes and universities in his home country of the Netherlands and in the United States. He shared the final years of his life with people with mental and physical disabilities at the L'Arche Daybreak Community in Torronto, Canada. He died in 1996. He authored many books on the spiritual lfie, including "Reaching Out," "The Wounded Healer," and "The Return of the Prodial Son" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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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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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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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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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What would you do if you went to the doctor and while he was busy consulting with you, he pulled out a box of ciggarettes and started smoking? Why wait to find out how he is going to heal you, the man himself is ill, maybe he should visit a docotor too. The wounded healer is the one who is aware of his own wounds, and maintains their welness while he heals the wounds of others. A good book for anyone hoping to carry out the Great Commisiion.
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This book was recommended to me by a retired priest as I am exploring a call to ordained ministry. I thought I would enjoy it from it's description and the reviews on here but, although I grasp the intention, I found it a really difficult read because of the complexity of the language used. I am an avid reader and have studied at degree level, so I was surprised to find that I needed a dictionary on numerous occasions in order to read it, especially seeing as the back cover describes it as a 'profoundly simple little book'! This utterly spoiled it for me, but I am now to read it again and discuss with another member of the clergy, who has tried to read it on several occasions and failed to get past chapter three. I have to say that it was comforting to find that it wasn't just me struggling with it!
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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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An excellent book that gives a positive perspective into using our wounds to work with and enable others.
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