Life of the Beloved and Our Greatest Gift, Paperback Book

Life of the Beloved and Our Greatest Gift Paperback

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The late Henri Nouwen is one of this century's greatest spiritual writers and in one volume are included two of his most inspirational pastoral works.

The Life of the Beloved asks how one can live a spiritual life in a completely secular culture. Our Greatest Gift is a meditation on dying and caring for the dying and is a classic essay on death and how to die well. This comes directly out of Nouwen's personal experience of being with the dying and asks 'How can my death become fruitful in the lives of others?' Two classics in one volume by a deep and profound thinker.


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Gentle and wise writing from the late Henri Nouwen, a Catholic priest who spent his later life working in a community in Canada for the mentally disabled. <br/><br/>This volume contains two of his works: 'Life of the Beloved', and 'Our Greatest Gift'. In the first, Nouwen attempts to explain the amazing knowledge of being God's beloved child. He gives an introduction, describing a close friendship with a young Jewish writer, and addresses the bulk of the book to him. <br/><br/>Nothing really new, but I like Nouwen's writing style, and his way of looking at aspects of belief and God's love.<br/><br/>The second book is about caring for the dying, and preparing to die. I found this somewhat thought-provoking, if a little strange in places. The author manages to avoid being morbid, yet I couldn't quite come to terms with his suggestions that in our release from this world we effectively give the greatest gift we can to those who come after us. <br/>

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