Reaching Out

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 isHenri 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.
Reaching Out Henri Nouwen who died in 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

  • Title: Reaching Out
  • Author: Henri J.M. Nouwen Gerard W. Hughes
  • ISBN: 9780006280866
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Reaching Out”

    1. إن الحياة برفقة الأصدقاء هي مصدر فرح فريد، لكن حياتنا تكون يائسة إذا كانت رفقة الأصدقاء هي الهدف الذي نسعى إليه. والفريق المتجانس الذى يعمل أعضاؤه بقلب واحد وعقل واحد هو بحق عطية من السماء، لكننا نكون تعساء إذا كان شعورنا بقيمتنا يستند إلى فريق كهذا. وحسن أن نتسلم الرسائل من [...]

    2. The late Henri Nouwen's works are always worth reading. I was surprised, however, when this book seemed to start off slowly for me. As I got into it, I realized that the first two "movements" of the book's title promise, "The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life," relate to things I've gone through some time ago (though I probably will again). The movement from loneliness to solitude is something that I've dealt with since I was a lonely / solitary child. The movement from hostility to hospital [...]

    3. I've completed this, my first Nouwen book, with the conviction that I waited far too long to begin reading this author!"Reaching Out" is a simple, straightforward, deep, and dense treatment of the inward, outward, and upward movements of the spiritual life. The inner movement (from loneliness to solitude) involves letting go of expectations from others, and being willing to be alone. Once contentment is found there, one can act in accordance with his/her deep desires, rather than reactively and [...]

    4. Some favorite quotes:“Only few ‘happy endings’ make us happy, but often someone’s careful and honest articulation of the ambiguities, uncertainties and painful conditions of life gives us new hope.” “When we think about the people who have given us hope and have increased the strength of our soul, we might discover that they were not the advice givers, warners or moralists, but the few who were able to articulate in words and actions the human condition in which we participate and wh [...]

    5. Since I started reading this book I have reccomended it to over ten different people. We will be in the middle of friendly conversation and they will say something that will spark a connection to something I had read in the book and instantly I know that the answer they are looking for is found. In life there is a time where you realize the person you are and the person you want to be. This book embodies the person I want to be. The growth I want to achieve in my faith. This book doesn't provide [...]

    6. This remarkably slim book was my first entrance into Henri Nouwen’s writing. The overall structure of the book consists of these three movements from one disposition to another, much like opposing poles on a magnet. The first movement, from loneliness to solitude, was one of the more ambiguous ones. Perhaps it’s my deep-seated Presbyterian/Calvinist leanings that cause me to struggle with the language of “inner life” and “deepest voice of yourself”. Regardless, I do think that by the [...]

    7. Not the Nouwen I'm used to. A little less poetic; maybe the closest he ever came to a manual for spiritual formation. Well-conceived and meaningful. 4 stars.

    8. It's interesting that the author begins with what he has learned and ends with his story and testimony which brought him to this understanding. His brush with death made his life and his purpose clear to him. But in the end he loses much of this peace and clarity when he regains his health and resumes the demands of his daily life.What he learns has implications for parents, teachers, doctors, clergy, and any care givers. Though I am a parent I read this book through the lens of a teacher. The b [...]

    9. Nouwen offers counsel on moving from loneliness to solitude, from hostility to hospitality, and from illusion to prayer. In particular, his discussion of solitude was particularly helpful. For Nouwen, solitude is foundational to the other two forms of outreach because it provides a basis in the self from which to give to others. Nouwen takes solitude, usually not something that sounds very exciting, and presents it as a creative opportunity, a space within that can be offered to God and to other [...]

    10. Doesn’t feel right to rank this one with the star-system; a good quiet read, especially the first two sections on loneliness/solitude and hostility/hospitality; Nouwen’s books repeat themselves often and also state the obvious, but I always find surprising new gems in his simple-seeming books.Been thinking a lot about my philosophy of teaching lately, and he says beautiful things here about teacher as host, class as a space of hospitality: “A good host is the one who believes that his gues [...]

    11. This is one of my all-time favorite books. The clear writing is straightforward and the book progresses logically in three movements: from loneliness to solitude, hostility to hospitality, and from illusion to prayer. It is easy to understand yet I read it slowly to try to retain as much as possible. Sadly I came to the end of this amazing book today, but I'm sure I'll come back to it again and again. One of the best quotes about this book appears in the foreword: "This book does not offer answe [...]

    12. A friend gave me this book while I was going through a major life transistion. Not having a strong religious foundation growing up, I found myself in the beginning of the book resentful and slightly offended that my friend thought I needed 'reached out to'. As I read more, those feelings swiftly changed and I embraced every chapter; each movement. This is a short read, but I read it slowly and repeated many pages to really grasp the message. I really enjoyed it and will continue to reference it [...]

    13. This is a book I have given to a friend who was sick and had to stay home for a month. She told me later on that she thought it was mean of me to let her read this book when she herself needed to be reached out. Of course she was judging the book by its cover. Surprisingly the book ministered to her in touching ways.

    14. Excellent book about the three movements of the spiritual life--transitioning from loneliness to solitude, hostility to hospitality, and illusion to prayer.

    15. Full of LifeI think this book can help to live with Life in the world where sadness is common! It is full of life!

    16. Nouwen comes from a different theological and praxeological background than I do. Writing from such a different background I found this book incredibly helpful and stirring in my spiritual journey. Nouwen breaks up his book in three sections: Transforming Loneliness to Solitude, Transforming Hostility to Hospitality, and Transforming Illusion to Prayer.He was able to put into words so many of the things I have experienced both culturally and personally. He addresses my fears of loneliness and al [...]

    17. This book was discussed weekly with serious Christian women, so the book was especially meaningful. The three movements are from loneliness to solitude, which means knowing ourselves; from hostility to hospitality; from illusion to prayer. One of the most helpful discussions to me was on hospitality. It can mean recommendation of good books, referral to people with special talents, and bringing the right people together. Mainly, we can offer space with safe boundaries. It was a great review for [...]

    18. My church was reading this book together, and I found much that made sense to me in it. It shows how holding onto our loneliness, hostility and illusions separates us from each other and therefore from God. Nouwen provides some practical advice and insights for growing closer to our essence and growing in our reliance upon God. There are some concepts in this book that require deep thought; it is not a book to be read quickly even though it is short. But its insights into human nature and growin [...]

    19. Not my favorite Nouwen book, but profound nonetheless. Reaching Out covers three aspects of spiritual life: the inward journey from loneliness to solitude, the outward journey from hostility to hospitality, and the upward journey from illusions (about God) to prayer. The section on loneliness to solitude was especially meaningful as it is key for any person to be able to move outward or upward.

    20. I have recently discovered the wonderful writings of Henri J. M. Nouwen. In Reaching Out, Nouwen presents his thoughts on what it means to live a Christian life: reaching out to our innermost self, to our fellow human beings, and to our God. I am looking forward to studying this book in greater detail.

    21. Amazing!!All around great book! It covers how I feel about a lot of topics. Wiil probably read again very soon.

    22. I don't think I've ever read something from Nouwen that I haven't loved. This was an extremely timely read for me, and very rich while still being easy to read and soak up. I love the focus on progression and growth in this one-- it feels very much like a helpful roadmap to healthier and more abundant living in Christ. Loved this one.

    23. I read half of this book (until p. 84), because the other half focuses increasingly on a strictly Christian theology that can find an audience only with someone who is of the same faith. That said, the first section on loneliness vs. solitude is particularly well put and I think very appropriate for the times (the book was written in 1975), and I also like his distinction between hostility vs. hospitality toward others, particularly strangers. He has some interesting thoughts that I'd yet to rea [...]

    24. فحيثما يُرٰحب دائماً بنا لا يُكترث كثيراً لغيابنا وعندما يُأهل بأي شخص كان فما من احد يُفتقد كثيراً وتكبر وحدتنا عندما ينتابنا الشك في ان لا احد يعيرنا اهتماماً او يمنحنا الحب بلا شروط وكذلك الامر كلما نُستغل في نقاط ضعفنا وهناك ظواهر طفيفة وكثيرة تدل علي رفض الآخرين إيانا ك [...]

    25. If I could walk around each day with all the Henri Nouwen insights I've read over the years in my brain and my heart, I would be more content with myself and more loving toward others. I can testify, however, that this reality remains unrealized as, seven months after starting this book, I can only reference a couple of the wonderful sentences I read today. Fortunately, Nouwen's themes are consistent, and this allows me to be at least a little influenced by his reflections when I remember to thi [...]

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