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Book Title: Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of His Final Year|
The author of the book: Henri J.M. Nouwen
ISBN 13: 9780824518783
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.31 MB
Edition: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Date of issue: September 1st 2000
Read full description of the books Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of His Final Year:“Maybe the time has come to let go of my prayer, my effort to be close to God, my way of being in communion with the Divine, and allow the Spirit of God to blow freely in me.” p. 6
A couple of weekends ago, I had a mini-retreat. There was no one else home and I wanted to spend some time with just one book. I picked this one. I have read Nouwen before and thought he might be a helpful companion. I was right.
I probably spend too much time worrying about whether I am doing the right thing. Being semi-retired is more work than I expected. I feel privileged since not many people are able to retire before sixty and I don’t want to squander this gift. I found Nouwen to be reassuring and challenging.
This journal is the last book that Nouwen wrote. He was in the process of looking at changes in his life – thinking about slowing down and spending more time writing. Unfortunately, he had a massive heart attack and never recovered. Since Nouwen was writing about change and examining his life, I found a lot to think about. This book came at a perfect time for me. I needed to be reminded of things like this. “All that exists is one. It is all part of the all-embracing divine love. Our call is to make that love visible in our daily lives.”
If you have read Henri Nouwen, you know what to expect from his writing. He writes about religion and God, but he always includes thoughts about his life. For me Nouwen’s writings let me see how another Christian lives out his faith.
If you have not read this author, I recommend him if you are religiously inclined. Although Nouwen is Catholic, I would think that anyone who believes in God might find his words inspiring. As Nouwen says, “Today I see it as my call to help every person to claim his or own way to God.” He does not see Christianity as the only way.
Read information about the authorHenri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (Nouen), (1932–1996) was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life.
Nouwen's books are widely read today by Protestants and Catholics alike. The Wounded Healer, In the Name of Jesus, Clowning in Rome, The Life of the Beloved, and The Way of the Heart are just a few of the more widely recognized titles. After nearly two decades of teaching at the Menninger Foundation Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, and at the University of Notre Dame, Yale University and Harvard University, he went to share his life with mentally handicapped people at the L'Arche community of Daybreak in Toronto, Canada. After a long period of declining energy, which he chronicled in his final book, Sabbatical Journey, he died in September 1996 from a sudden heart attack.
His spirituality was influenced by many, notably by his friendship with Jean Vanier. At the invitation of Vanier he visited L'Arche in France, the first of over 130 communities around the world where people with developmental disabilities live and share life together with those who care for them. In 1986 Nouwen accepted the position of pastor for a L'Arche community called "Daybreak" in Canada, near Toronto. Nouwen wrote about his relationship with Adam, a core member at L'Arche Daybreak with profound developmental disabilities, in a book titled Adam: God's Beloved. Father Nouwen was a good friend of the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.
The results of a Christian Century magazine survey conducted in 2003 indicate that Nouwen's work was a first choice of authors for Catholic and mainline Protestant clergy.
One of his most famous works is Inner Voice of Love, his diary from December 1987 to June 1988 during one of his most serious bouts with clinical depression.
There is a Father Henri J. M. Nouwen Catholic Elementary School in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
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