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Nouwen developed a strong interest in a cross-disciplinary study of psychology and theology and moved to the United States in 1964 to study at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. While in the United States, he became interested in the civil rights movement and joined Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 march from Selma to Montgomery. He also spent two years teaching clinical psychology courses at the University of Notre Dame before returning, in 1968, to the Netherlands, where he worked at the Amsterdam Joint Pastoral Institute and the Catholic Theological Institute of Utrecht. In 1971 Nouwen again travelled to the United States, this time responding to an invitation to teach at Yale Divinity School.
In 1974, Nouwen spent seven months living, worshiping, and working alongside the Trappist monks in the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York. He went on to explore various other groups, teaching positions, and missions in a desire to discover where his calling was leading him. This search included work with Maryknoll missionaries in Peru and Bolivia and led to his involvement with L’Arche, Jean Vanier’s communities for the disabled. Nouwen eventually moved to L’Arche Daybreak near Toronto, Canada, where he lived for the rest of his life. He died on September 21, 1996 while travelling through his homeland, Holland. During his life Henri Nouwen authored more than forty books, which have sold more than two million copies and been translated into at least twenty languages.
Henri J. M. Nouwen
Henri J. M. Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic priest, writer, and member of the L’Arche communities. Read some of the spiritual insights he gained through communal living. “...Our unique talents are no longer qualities that divide but gifts that unite...”
Henri J. M. Nouwen
To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for the bad as well requires spiritual work. We are only truly grateful when we can say thank-you to all that has brought us to the present moment...
Eberhard Arnold, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day, Jean Vanier, C. S. Lewis, J. Heinrich Arnold, Johann Christoph Arnold, Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Richard J. Foster, Søren Kierkegaard, Gerhard Lohfink, Charles E. Moore, George MacDonald, Thomas Merton, Henri J. M. Nouwen and Chiara Lubich
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Has there ever been a more hard-hitting, beautifully written, theologically inclusive anthology of writings for Lent and Easter? It’s doubtful. — Publishers Weekly Read More
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Mennonite Quarterly Review
Englewood Review for Books
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InterVarsity Emerging Scholars Network
Midwest Book Review
Paul Louis Metzger, Patheos
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David Swartz, Patheos
Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Books
Publisher's Weekly starred review
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