I've never liked Nouwen much. His concern with himself, usually rather sad concern, gets up my nose, as does his 'self-help' and ratehr patronising attitude towards 'groups,' and contrived style of writing. (I did enjoy parts of his book, 'The Prodigal Son, 'some years ago.) 'Spiritual Formation' was recommended for a purpose so I bought it. Very expensive for the few pages and half a dozen art reproductions. The front cover is pretty. The book concerns spiritual formation for individuals and groups. I found a few insightful passages but most of what he wrote, or was reported as writing was well-known, basic stuff like Lectio Divina, which has been practised in the Anglican and Roman Catholic church for centuries. So has 'the way of the heart' and honest prayer. Neville Ward's book on Prayer is far deeper and more radical and very much more honest. I wouldn't recommend Nouwen's Spiritual formation, except for people who are absolute beginners in the Christian faith, and who want to discuss things in groups, and even then, I'd prefer Ward's 'Prayer.'
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