Discernment has ratings and 63 reviews. Naomi said: The third of a posthumously published trilogy planned by Nouwen, the publishers recommend _Discer. In his 40 books on spirituality, Henri J. M. Nouwen touched upon discernment but never got around to putting his thoughts all together in one volume. Now in. In one of Nouwen’s earlier discernment journals, Gracias, the author records his spiritual struggle to ascertain whether God was calling him to.

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Once again- Nouwen goes right into the soul work. This is an insightful book that has been very helpful to me. What we are left with nuowen five discernment journals that my wife Rebecca Laird and I, in partnership with the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust, culled, developed, and edited into a posthumous book published in June There wasn’t much that was profound, per se, in Nouwen’s writing this time, but this is his genius writing on discernment.

You are the beloved daughter or son of God.

The challenge is to develop a simple discipline or spiritual practice to embrace some empty time and empty space every day. Anyone familiar with The Spiritual Exercises would find much to relate to here, though it is warmer and more personable.

The idea and experiences are clearly Nouwen, but there were many times where I felt that the style didn’t really fit.

He possessed a unique capacity to combine genuine wisdom with winsome simplicity, and could help people look deeply into themselves. To be born of the Spirit is to step into a freedom that we never imagined before.


In some spots and mostly in later chapters I found that I differ significantly on a few theological issues. Discernment grows out of the life of faith rooted in community. You Are the Beloved: But it is in the ordinary days that we tend to get lost, to struggle to know our purpose or answer our calling, to feel beloved and loving. Most, if not all of us have struggled with the question of what God’s purpose for our life is and what job I should do.

Jan 13, Mark rated it it was amazing. Not that I think disecrnment is a serious discerbment, but, as with all posthumous works, the real difficulty is how to get the dead to speak again in an authentic way. Learn more about Amazon Idscernment. Nouwen brought to the essential question asked by every Christian and seeker: This book adds a much needed element to spiritual formation and following God.

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Could it be that beneath all the lures to greed, lust, and success rests a great fear of never being enough or not being lovable? For those discernmeht familiar This collection of Nouwen’s writings on discernment was complied by friends and students after Nouwen’s death. It reads in places like a diary of a late-life memoir. Biblical meditation is a traditional method of solitary prayer.

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One need not be Catholic or even Christian to get something out of this even though Nouwen writes from a very Christian perspective. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a dlscernment life.


Jul 12, Kris rated it really liked it Shelves: I am so grateful to the Henri Nouwen Foundation and those people who had the privilege of perusing Nouwen’s journals, lecture notes, and previous publications to provide us with this delightful nnouwen useful book.

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Read it, live it, and transform the world by doing small things with great love. I didn’t realize this and read this book first, so I can vouch that it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone volume. Before this one, I’ve read 3 of Nouwen’s books, all of them enchanting, fascinating and down to the ground.

Don’t have a Kindle? His spirituality was influenced by many, notably by his friendship with Jean Vanier. It reflects Nouwen’s wisdom and compassion which has been so helpful for so many people. HarperOne June 25, Language: Jul 10, Bonnie Niu rated it it was amazing. Get to Know Us. Preview — Discernment by Henri J. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.