Can You Drink the Cup?, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Can we drink this cup as Jesus did? Henri Nouwen not only raises that question but also wrestles with it on every page.

With stories from his family life and his life with people with mental disabilities he challenges us to drink our cup to the bottom, thereby letting it become the cup of our salvation.

For those who have the courage to make Jesus question their own, "Can You Drink the Cup?" can be life changing.




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Somehow this manages to be both a comforting and challenging book at once.

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A nice if somewhat maudlin book based on a very poorly chosen, clumsy metaphor.

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Decent book and somewhat thought-provoking. But, at times very slow. Glossed over a dozen pages. However, this book really hammers home the point of knowing the cup from which we drink from, namely living the life of Christ. Nouwen also draws a lot of insight from his experiences at the Daybreak community for which he served amongst the disabled.Chapter 7: "Drinking" was by far my favorite chapter. I liked how Nouwen put into perspective how most drinking engagements are an illustration of trust, vulnerability, and intimacy shared between two or more people. He correlates that to life, we either drink the cup that we have been handed without fear, but with trust and confidence, or we handle it with much fear and trepidation. We share what we've been blessed with to others and walk through life both the good and bad with others. Drinking the cup of both joy and sorrow.My favorite quote from the book:"Salvation is not only a goal for the afterlife. Salvation is a reality of every day that we can taste here and now." (pg. 100)

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