The Restless Heart: Finding Our Spiritual Home

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Image Books, 2006 - Religion - 193 pages
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A thoughtful exploration of loneliness, in the tradition of Henri Nouwen's classic Reaching Out. Loneliness may be more pervasive now than at any other time in human history. Cell phones and "instant messaging" not withstanding, our longing for meaningful connections seems to increase in direct proportion to our accessibility.

In The Restless Heart, Ronald Rolheiser identifies different types of loneliness and discusses the dangers and opportunities they represent in our lives. Using contemporary parables from literature, film, and his own life, he shows that loneliness can be a tremendously creative and even valuable force when it is recognized, accepted and used as a dynamic catalyst. With his trademark clarity of vision, honesty, and intelligence, Rolheiser offers a distinctively Christian approach to living an examined, involved life and presents suggestions that will free readers to discover greater meaning and fulfillment in their own lives.

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

This short book by Ronald Rolheiser references popular books and movies as well as the Judeo-Christian faith tradition and scriptures to define loneliness and explore the causes, harms and rewards of loneliness. Read full review

Review: The Restless Heart: Finding Our Spiritual Home in Times of Loneliness

User Review  - Maureen - Goodreads

a bit heavy but enjoyed it Read full review


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RONALD ROLHEISER, O.M.I., is a specialist in the fields of spirituality and systematic theology. He is the author of The Holy Longing, which has sold more than 100,000 copies, Forgotten Among the Lilies, The Shattered Lantern. His regular column in the Catholic Herald is featured in newspapers in five countries. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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