Reaching Out : The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life, Paperback

Reaching Out : The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life Paperback

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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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Excellent explorations of some of the pain people suffer in loneliness, hostility and illusions. Gently written, looking at ways to reach out beyond these frustrations towards God. <br/><br/>Re-reading six years after I first read it, I don't find it quite as moving or inspirational as I did the first time; nonetheless, there's a lot to ponder. Nouwen writes well, in a thoughtful way: his theme is that we need to move from loneliness into a more spiritual and positive solitude, from hostility towards other people towards true hospitality in every sense, and from illusions to a deep form of prayer that is beyond simple petitions. <br/><br/> It's not a book I could read at a couple of sittings; I intended to read a chapter every morning but found very often that just two or three pages gave me sufficient food for thought. I hope that the ideas and suggestions within the book will remain with me for some time to come.<br/><br/>At the end of the main book there's also a much briefer book, 'Beyond the Mirror' that looks at how Henri Nouwen's life focus and attitudes changes as he faced the possibility of dying after a road accident. Also extremely thought-provoking. <br/><br/>Recommended. <br/>

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