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

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Crown Publishing Group, Oct 20, 2010 - Religion - 144 pages
This is Henri Nouwen's "secret journal." It wasááwritten during the most difficult period of his life, when he suddenly lost his self-esteem,ááhis energy to live and work, his sense of being loved, even his hope in God. 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. Instead, he published The Return of the Prodigal Son, in which he expressed some of the insights gained during his mental and spiritual crisis. But then friends asked him, "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, or who suffer from the loss of a loved one, this book about the inner voice of love offers new courage, new hope, even new life.

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User Review  - PastorBob - LibraryThing

Written out of a time of anguish and sorrow, these short and direct spiritual directions were Nouwen's words directed to his own heart. Indeed, they'll speak also to your heart - perhaps especially where it hurts. Read full review


User Review  - shadow0900 -

I know someone going through the same process of hurt abandonment and responsibility thrust on her. In an instant life changed and this book helped her and it was recommended to me so I could associate and come alongside to help and not expect or judge emotions and actions. Read full review


A Suggestion to the Reader xxi
Remain Attentive to Your Best Intuitions
Acknowledge Your Powerlessness
Tell Your Story in Freedom
Stay with Your Pain
Stand Erect in Your Sorrow
Know Yourself as Truly Loved
Trust Your Friends
Continue Seeking Communion
Live Your Wounds Through

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About the author (2010)

Henri J.M. Nouwen was a Catholic priest who taught at several theological institutes and universities in his home country of the Netherlands and in the United States. He shared the final years of his life with people with mental and physical disabilities at the L'Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto, Canada. He died in 1996. He authored many books on the spiritual life, including Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, and The Return of the Prodigal Son.

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