The Spiritual Legacy of Henri Nouwen
In 1969, the year following the death of Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen published his first book. Who, reading Intimacy: Essays in Pastoral Psychology, at the time could have guessed that its 37 year old Dutch priest-author would become one of the most popular spiritual writers of the 20th-century?Unlike Merton, whose strictly spiritual writings appealed almost exclusively to Roman Catholics, Nouwen had an enormous following among Protestants as well as Catholics. What was it about this man and his work that so resonated with the American psyche over the past thirty years?In The Spiritual Legacy of Henri Nouwen, Deidre LaNoue analyzes Nouwen's voluminous writings in the context of his life and times, providing a key to his more than forty individual books as well as a cogent summary of his contribution to the spiritual lives of millions of people. The book includes a complete bibliography of Nouwen's writings as well as a Scripture index of his books.
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At his death in 1996, Nouwen, a Dutch Roman Catholic priest who spent much of his life in the United States, had become one of the most popular modern Christian spiritual writers. At least two biographies of Nouwen are already available: Jurjen Beumer's Henri Nouwen: A Restless Seeking for God (Crossroad, 1997) and Michael Ford's Wounded Prophet: A Portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen (LJ 7/99), the latter not listed in LaNoue's bibliography. LaNoue (religion, Dallas Baptist Univ.) offers a well-written overview and partial critique of Nouwen's works, situating him in the context of contemporary American spirituality. Although she is a Protestant, this does not markedly affect her discussion of Nouwen's thought (the exception being a remark about celibacy). After giving a literary biography, LaNoue deftly traces the major themes in Nouwen's work: relationship to God, to self, and to others. She includes a Scripture index to Nouwen's books and a select, but fairly extensive, bibliography. Recommended for most libraries.DAugustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ ...
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