The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society Doubleday Image Book. an Image Book

In other words, we heal from our own wounds. 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. 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.

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. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings—a suffering world, a suffering person, a suffering generation, 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. 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. A hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective.


Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life

Nouwen counseled many people during his lifetime, his principles of discernment were never collected into a single volume. M. Nouwen brought to the essential question asked by every christian and seeker: What should I do with my life? Nouwen emphasizes listening to the Word of God—in our hearts, in the community of faith, in the Bible, and in the voice of the poor as a way to discern God’s plan.

Although the late Henri J. Now, in association with the nouwen legacy trust, michael christensen—one of Nouwen’s longtime students—and Rebecca Laird have taken his coursework, journals, and unpublished writings to create this and other books in the series exploring God’s will for your life. Discernment: reading the Signs of Daily Life features the wisdom that spiritual leader and counselor Henri J.


Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today’s world. Initially written for a jewish friend, Life of the Beloved has become Henri Nouwen’s greatest legacy to Christians around the world.

The Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

The modern classic that interweaves the solitude, silence, and prayer of the fourth- and fifth-century Egyptian Desert Fathers and Mothers with our contemporary search for an authentic spirituality.

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

The challenge to love as god loves, and to be loved as God’s beloved, will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and is here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times. Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger son’s return, the elder son’s resentfulness, the father’s restoration of sonship, and the father’s compassion.

. With over a million copies sold, this classic work is essential reading for all who ask, “Where has my struggle led me?” A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on an unforgettable spiritual adventure. The themes of homecoming, dejection, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, jealousy, affirmation, or anger.

Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell. As nouwen reflects on rembrandt’s painting in light of his own life journey, he evokes a powerful drama of the classic parable in a rich, captivating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers.


You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living

He is reminded in a deep, deep way of who he is. In an interview, he said that he believed the central moment in Jesus's public ministry to be his baptism in the Jordan, when Jesus heard the affirmation, "You are my beloved son on whom my favor rests. That is the core experience of Jesus, " Nouwen writes.

Featuring the best of nouwen's writing from previously published works, this devotional will propel the canon forward as it draws on this rich literature in new and compelling ways. It will appeal to readers already familiar with Nouwen's work as well as new readers looking for a devotional to guide them into a deeper awareness of their identity in Jesus.

I think his whole life is continually claiming that identity in the midst of everything. You are beloved is a daily devotional intended to empower readers to claim this truth in their own lives. Seven million copies of his books in print! this daily devotional from the bestselling author of such spiritual classics as The Return of the Prodigal Son and The Wounded Healer offers deep spiritual insight into human experience, intimacy, brokeness, and mercy.

Nouwen devoted much of his later ministry to emphasizing the singular concept of our identity as the Beloved of God.

Insights on Leadership: Service, Stewardship, Spirit, and Servant-Leadership

Schuster * ken Melrose * John S. Covey * Larry C. Greenleaf from "the Servant as Leader" "The servant-leader is servant first. As one enthusiastic observer wrote in Fortune magazine, "Once the consensus is forged, watch out: With everybody on board, your so-called implementation proceeds 'wham-bam. In this sequel to the critically acclaimed Reflections on Leadership, many of today's most respected business thinkers share their insights into key aspects of Robert Greenleaf's revolutionary thinking.

Lad and david Luechauer * Jack Lowe Jr. Nielsen * Jill W. Your job is to help them win. Insights on leadership contributors stephen R. Gardiner * Richard P. Kelley * Judith A. Stubbs * James M. And in the competitive reality of today's global marketplace, but whose organizations align their structures, and loyalty, systems, commitment, it will be only those organizations whose people not only willingly volunteer their tremendous creative talent, and management style to support the empowerment of their people that will survive and thrive as market leaders.

Ken blanchard from "servant-leadership Revisited" "With the traditional pyramid, the boss is always responsible and the staff are supposed to be responsive to the boss. Spears * Robert K. Covey from "servant-leadership from the inside Out" "You may be able to buy someone's hand and back, but you cannot buy their heart, mind, and spirit.

The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom

This is henri Nouwen's "secret journal. It was  written during the most difficult period of his life,   his energy to live and work, when he suddenly lost his self-esteem, his sense of being loved, even his hope in God. But then friends asked him, this book about the inner voice of love offers new courage, new hope, or who suffer from the loss of a loved one, "Why keep your anguish hidden from the many people who have been nurtured by your writing? Wouldn't it be of consolation for many to know about the fierce inner battle that lies underneath so many of your spiritual insights?"For the countless men and women who have to live through the pain of broken relationships, even new life.

Instead, he published the return of the Prodigal Son, in which he expressed some of the insights gained during his mental and spiritual crisis. Although he experienced excruciating anguish and despair, he was still able to keep a journal in which he wrote a spiritual imperative to himself each day that emerged from his conversations with friends and supporters.

For more than eight years, Henri Nouwen felt that what he wrote was too raw and private to share with others.

Here and Now: Living in the Spirit

Not a faint memory, buthappening right here and now, spiritual livingtakes place in the present; the Spirit meets us inthe ordinary. These inspirational reflections byHenri Nouwen succeed in convincing us thatGod’s presence is reliable.

Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety

Drawn from those talks, this new work reveals what sustained Nouwen to remain faithful to the teachings of Jesus and led him to become an icon of compassion and vulnerability. At one of the lowest points in henri Nouwen’s life, he gave a series of lectures on the importance of following Jesus in an age of anxiety.

Without minimizing the anxieties, fears, and brokenness that touch down in every reader’s story, Nouwen gently leads the way into a life that centers on Jesus and engulfs the follower with God’s love, a sense of belonging, and a purpose that endures. Truly a wise and welcome word for anyone in this age of anxiety.

Carolyn custis james, author of half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women and Finding God in the Margins. Louis, author of confident pluralism“in Following Jesus, beloved pastor and spiritual mentor Henri Nouwen guides the reader on the journey he has traveled as a follower of Jesus.

These newly published lectures offer fresh and timely insights amid the familiar cadences of Nouwen’s prose, written from a place of deep anxiety but even deeper hope. John inazu, professor of political science, Washington University in St. Praise for following jesus   “Few writers have influenced me more than Henri Nouwen.

And he explains why—with so many choices available to the twenty-first-century seeker—the greatest reward for those looking for spiritual direction is rediscovering Jesus’s teaching on love. Timeless wisdom for life from one of the great spiritual masters of our age.

The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry

Mandy smith unpacks the biblical paradox that God's strength is revealed through our human weakness. Understanding our human constraints makes our ministry more sustainable and guards us against disillusionment and burnout. We don't have to have it all together. We fear that if people knew who we really are, we'd be disqualified from ministry.

Not so. But we know we can never live up to those images. That's why we go to conferences and emulate the latest superstars. Missio alliance essential reading list of 2015Hearts Minds Bookstore's Best Books of 2015, For Church LeadersProdigalThought. Net's top reads of 2015englewood review of books best books of 2015, PraxisLeadership Journal's Best Ministry Books of the YearOften as pastors we feel like we need to project strength and competency in order to minister effectively.

God has called you to lead not as a demigod, but as a human, so the world can see that the church is a place for humans like them. Transparently describing her pastoral journey, through our spiritual practices and relationships, influencing our preaching, Smith shows how vulnerability shapes ministry, teaching and even the nuts and bolts of the daily schedule.

Deep down, our weaknesses, we know our own limitations, our faults. Recognizing our weakness makes us rely on God, so our weakness can become a ministry resource.