counter create hit Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World - Download Free eBook
Hot Best Seller

Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

Availability: Ready to download

Initially written for a Jewish friend, Life of the Beloved has become Henri Nouwen’s greatest legacy to Christians around the world. This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today’s world.


Compare

Initially written for a Jewish friend, Life of the Beloved has become Henri Nouwen’s greatest legacy to Christians around the world. This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today’s world.

30 review for Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fergus

    We may NOT think we Need the Life of the Beloved now, but when the sheer brute force of circumstance brings us down - cowering, right to our knees, as may soon happen to many of us - we may well reconsider. What is the Life of the Beloved? It is a life shared by believers everywhere, whom God has turned around - to see and accept Him: on His terms. Just as and where they are - WHEREVER that happens to be - no matter HOW bashed and embittered they are. These folks have become bashed and ruined by t We may NOT think we Need the Life of the Beloved now, but when the sheer brute force of circumstance brings us down - cowering, right to our knees, as may soon happen to many of us - we may well reconsider. What is the Life of the Beloved? It is a life shared by believers everywhere, whom God has turned around - to see and accept Him: on His terms. Just as and where they are - WHEREVER that happens to be - no matter HOW bashed and embittered they are. These folks have become bashed and ruined by their insights into the Truth about ourselves: we ARE ALL hypocrites. For finding your true self can be suddenly seeing THROUGH our own lies to ourselves. But that in turn becomes a life of sheer love - love in the sense of Agape and NOT Eros - for only then Agape can become Universal. Cause if it is erotic, you can be darned sure it won’t be shared everywhere without distinction - That is a hard fact of life. Some folks have scruples. And the good manners to avoid boorish things. *** So for one thing, it’s not an easy way, this Life of the Beloved, its simple Agape... But you’re otherwise gonna be sent tumbling to your knees endlessly by the trolls and Pharisees. And by God - like in this current crisis. And so what do you do if you fall? You stay there, and you Pray for those Trolls. And then you turn the other cheek. And before you know it, as both Nouwen and The Heidelberg Catechism tell us, staying there on our knees peacefully is Our Only Comfort. Sound like a tall order? It is - and Henri Nouwen and I both know that. But we just do it. And do you know what? Succeed or Fail - it’s the Way. When eventually we pick ourselves up and get back in the Race - like Sinatra - we’ve gotta merely say cheerfully, “that’s life!” And try to smile away the pain. For by doing that we see our own face. And become Broken... but NOT ASHAMED OF OUR BROKENNESS! But you know what else - something that might REALLY surprise you? Nouwen says elsewhere that that will only prove, overall in our life, that the single way to achieve a state of real Peace and Love - is to be Blessed, Broken and Shared, like altar bread. Now that’s rum. T’ain’t far wrong, folks! Are you READY to be blessed, broken and shared throughout your life? Is THIS the Life of the Beloved? To be trammelled like the Lord, Broken like His bread and His body by everyone - INCLUDING - YOURSELF? Et tu, Brute? If you see it, you see God’s loving, adamant Face. Two sides. Because that’s the way it is. It’s the Open Way - as Frost implies in Directive. There’s really nothing in it for US in the end. Except the joy of love. But - who else will stay with you after your last gasp? The truth is in the tasting... I’m a hypocrite, don’t take it from me - I continually fail at what I do. But I’m taking no chances. So if I succeed or fail, He’s there.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    While I love Nouwen, I was disappointed by this work. I found it to be a beautiful depiction of the Gospel message with one vital omission: Christ. He speaks of us as being (like the bread of the Eucharist) taken, blessed, broken, and given. It is a wonderful way of presenting the role we play in this world, and how God prepares us for this role. However, without the explanation of why we are broken and how we are blessed, the work rings hollow. I find it interesting that in the epilogue Nouwen While I love Nouwen, I was disappointed by this work. I found it to be a beautiful depiction of the Gospel message with one vital omission: Christ. He speaks of us as being (like the bread of the Eucharist) taken, blessed, broken, and given. It is a wonderful way of presenting the role we play in this world, and how God prepares us for this role. However, without the explanation of why we are broken and how we are blessed, the work rings hollow. I find it interesting that in the epilogue Nouwen admits that his secular friend, for whom he wrote the book, didn't feel that the book addressed where he and his friends were at. I think that this speaks to the fact that the Gospel, stripped of "religious language" can be powerfully effective, but not if it also has the very heart removed. If you want to read your first Nouwen, go with Return of the Prodigal or The Way of the Heart.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Parts of this book were incredibly good, but I can't recommend it unreservedly. I resonated with his explanation of our being loved by God, missing that point, and therefore trying to substitute affirmation from the world in place of God's love. I disagreed with his premise that we can influence this world as spirits after we die. I think that's Catholic vs evangelical theology. But at the end, it turned out that he missed the mark. The book was written to a friend, a secular Jewish man, who aske Parts of this book were incredibly good, but I can't recommend it unreservedly. I resonated with his explanation of our being loved by God, missing that point, and therefore trying to substitute affirmation from the world in place of God's love. I disagreed with his premise that we can influence this world as spirits after we die. I think that's Catholic vs evangelical theology. But at the end, it turned out that he missed the mark. The book was written to a friend, a secular Jewish man, who asked Nouwen to "speak to us about the deepest yearning of our hearts, ...." And in the end, Nouwen wasn't able to do that. I believe the failure to bridge the gap between secular and spiritual is due to his omission of sin and repentance. In his earnest desire to invite his friend to a spiritual life, he neglects to mention that there is a cost. Yes, God loves all of us. But in order to claim that "belovedness" we have to acknowledge our unworthiness and rebellion. We need to come before God on the basis of Jesus' acceptability, not our own. Only then can we say "yes" to God. In short, Nouwen leaves out the Gospel.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brian Eshleman

    I think more of the book is stored away in my quote bank than not

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Not in any way a hard read, but one I needed to take my time with, to let it settle in and make space for reflection and action. It's seemed remarkably in tune with the relationships and topics on my heart right now, but I think perhaps it's a simple enough book and has enough wisdom that might always be true. It was a nice moment to have it recommended as a source of comfort right now when I had just been reading it. I could go back to a specific passage and find it even more helpful in facing Not in any way a hard read, but one I needed to take my time with, to let it settle in and make space for reflection and action. It's seemed remarkably in tune with the relationships and topics on my heart right now, but I think perhaps it's a simple enough book and has enough wisdom that might always be true. It was a nice moment to have it recommended as a source of comfort right now when I had just been reading it. I could go back to a specific passage and find it even more helpful in facing the death of one of the people I love most in the world. Living with grief will never be easy, he doesn't claim it can, but I sent his words along to her because it gave such a beautiful way of seeing a life well lived and that's exactly what I wanted to express to her while I can.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    Henri Nouwen wrote Life of the Beloved as a kind of letter to a good friend, a secular Jew, who asked Nouwen to write a book that speaks to the questions he and his friends in NYC were asking about God, spirituality, and the meaning of life. This friend said that he enjoyed Nouwen’s previous books, but felt that they were kind of “preaching to the choir”—fine for people who already believed, but less relevant to people with more basic questions and skepticism. The resulting book, Life of the Belo Henri Nouwen wrote Life of the Beloved as a kind of letter to a good friend, a secular Jew, who asked Nouwen to write a book that speaks to the questions he and his friends in NYC were asking about God, spirituality, and the meaning of life. This friend said that he enjoyed Nouwen’s previous books, but felt that they were kind of “preaching to the choir”—fine for people who already believed, but less relevant to people with more basic questions and skepticism. The resulting book, Life of the Beloved, is not an apologetic text trying to prove anything about the faith; it’s merely a reflection on what it means to be beloved by God, and how that identity motivates a different perspective on the meaning of life. In a very honest concluding chapter, Nouwen admits that the book didn’t actually connect to his friend, and that in fact it was more appreciated by Christians—which was disappointing for Nouwen (though it doesn’t surprise me at all). In working through that response, he writes, I feel within myself a deep-rooted resistance to proving anything to anybody. I don’t want to say: “I will show you that you need God to live a full life.” I can only say: “For me, God is the one who calls me the Beloved, and I have a desire to express to others how I try to become more fully who I already am.” But beyond that I feel very poor and powerless. (117)I can understand those feelings. I too am at a point where I’m tired of people trying desperately to prove this or that point to people “on the other side.” Instead, I prefer to relax, live the life I’m called to in an open, transparent way, and let God work in people’s hearts as he chooses. I share Nouwen’s Christian faith, and so his words resonated with me and my experience on this journey. The early chapters in particular were helpful for me, when Nouwen encourages me to fight the self-rejection that comes so naturally and seems to be so true. Here are three passages that I especially needed to hear:Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity and power can, indeed, present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. I am constantly surprised at how quickly I give in to this temptation. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone or abandoned, I find myself thinking: “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” Instead of taking a critical look at the circumstances or trying to understand my own and others’ limitations, I tend to blame myself—not just for what I did, but for who I am. My dark side says: “I am no good. . . . I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected and abandoned.” (27) Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence. (28) Beneath all my seemingly strong self-confidence there remained the question: “If all those who shower me with so much attention could see me and know me in my innermost self, would they still love me?” That agonizing question, rooted in my inner shadow, kept persecuting me and made me run away from the very place where that quiet voice calling me the Beloved could be heard. (29)As with other books I’ve read by Nouwen, this one has a gentle, honest, encouraging tone that comforts and challenges me in valuable ways. Life of the Beloved reminds me that my value is from my identity as beloved by God, not from my talents or apparent usefulness in the world. It also affirms the beauty of deep friendship and long conversations about real topics—an art that seems to be diminishing in our world of quick, sound bite–drenched communication.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    When we keep claiming the light, we will find ourselves becoming more and more radiant. I was talking with a friend recently about the tumult of life, how it can frustrate and embitter. You can spiral into depression when you feel you have no control or power to affect your own life. It is critical to ground your life in something immutable or you will be jerked around by constant change. Henri Nouwen shares in this slim letter the root of his own resilience. In a world that shouts you are When we keep claiming the light, we will find ourselves becoming more and more radiant. I was talking with a friend recently about the tumult of life, how it can frustrate and embitter. You can spiral into depression when you feel you have no control or power to affect your own life. It is critical to ground your life in something immutable or you will be jerked around by constant change. Henri Nouwen shares in this slim letter the root of his own resilience. In a world that shouts you are no good, you are ugly, you are worthless, you are despicable, you are nobody, where you even reject yourself, it can be hard to hear what Nouwen calls the most intimate truth of all human beings - that you are beloved by God. I thought this book might be too simplistic but the more I read it, the more it's simple truths resonated with me. This book is for you if you're looking for someone to give voice to the struggle of feeling unwanted, even if you don't necessarily believe in God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit (note this is not a book that directly preaches the Gospel so don't expect that). It is also for you if you need a reminder that you are very much wanted and how to help others feel wanted too. It may not be for you if you can't push past the almost too self aware writing style. If you pick this up and find it full of Christian terms that are not relatable, I'd say that's the opportunity for us to have a fascinating conversation. To kick start the conversation, below are some of the ideas in this book I found valuable. SPOILER ALERT! Being beloved is one thing, but becoming the beloved is another matter altogether. It means that everything we think, say or do is rooted in feeling securely loved. That sounds ridiculously impossible to do all the time. Nouwen says the key to this is being taken/chosen, blessed, broken, and given. Nouwen points out that when one person is chosen, another person often feels rejected. However when God chooses to love you, Instead of excluding others, it includes others. Instead of rejecting others as less valuable, it accepts others in their own uniqueness. Instead of making us feel that we are better, more precious or valuable than others, our awareness of being chosen opens our eyes to the chosenness of others. Nouwen is convinced the first step to healing is not a step away from pain, but a step towards it. But our greatest fulfillment lies in giving ourselves to others. The real question is not "What can we offer each other?" but "Who can we be for each other?" Eternal life then is the full revelation of what we have lived all along. Joy and suffering are aspects of the same phenomenon of being beloved, in the same way that extreme cold burns (quoting French philosopher Jacques Maritain). That is the secret to staying joyful, at peace and grounded no matter what you encounter in life or death.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Frederking

    A really quick read. Nouwen has always been one of my favorites. I love that this was a letter to a friend. It refreshed me, much like The Ragamuffin Gospel, in a way that I need right now.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeice

    This book became a horrible frustration for me to read. It started out well enough, but there were such gaps and glaring omissions and confusing logic that by the end I could barely read two pages in a row without having to put the book down. There are a few poignant points, which saves this book from getting one star, but overall this book doesn't say much that better books have said much better. Henri Nouwen explains from the outset that this book is written to explain the spiritual life to se This book became a horrible frustration for me to read. It started out well enough, but there were such gaps and glaring omissions and confusing logic that by the end I could barely read two pages in a row without having to put the book down. There are a few poignant points, which saves this book from getting one star, but overall this book doesn't say much that better books have said much better. Henri Nouwen explains from the outset that this book is written to explain the spiritual life to secular people, specifically to fulfill the request of his secular Jewish friend to write a book that he and his friends "could hear." I was surprised and disappointed to discover that Nouwen answered this request in a narrow-minded, specific focus rather than trying to speak to the secular world at large. There are so many direct references that are specific to his friend's life and/or assume great familiarity with Jewish spiritual life and scriptures that I can't imagine this being that helpful to people who don't have a Judeo-Christian background that they are decently familiar with. Add to this lofty, flowery language about basically everything Nouwen talks about, and the book ends up a deeply-coded mess that is more suited for deeply spiritual believers. The biggest and most egregious offense to me came because I was expecting this book to explain the CHRISTIAN life and reality to secular people. It wasn't an unreasonable expectation, as Nouwen speaks of having written other books that "were so explicitly Christian and so clearly based on a long life in the church" (20) that his friend couldn't find much support in them. But in his attempt to speak to his friend, Nouwen swings the pendulum too far the other way and completely omits any facet of the spiritual life that has to do with the Gospel. I kept waiting for him to talk about our sin, our need for a Savior, and how Jesus makes it possible for us to understand and fully accept this title of 'Beloved,' but none of those important words or concepts are even brushed upon in this book. Also absent is any kind of admonition or instruction on how or why the Christian life is lived differently as a result of this transforming love reality. The Christian life is completely devoid of its power without the truth of Christ, and so is this book. As a Christian, there were nuggets I could glean and, through the lens of my biblical and spiritual understanding, apply to my life, because through the Gospel I have experienced the acts of love that make Nouwen's words ring true. I would imagine someone without Judeo-Christian training or a lens to view the world or reality in a Christ-perspective would find this book filled with gushy, feel-good platitudes that had no weight of truth, like being gifted with a guard dog that had no teeth. Another problem with this book complementary to the absence of the Gospel is that Nouwen describes the spiritual life practically absent from God until the last chapter (not counting the epilogue). God's role is reduced to little more than the proof of how good and wonderful we all are. There is no explanation of who he is, what he wants from/for us or why we should care, and almost nothing about having a relationship with us outside of him calling us the beloved. The only worship described or prescribed in this book is the worship of ourselves, a "You can be great if you realize you are loved because you are so special and great" kind of worship that seems to be the source of all Nouwen's insight and advice about the spiritual life (in this book). There seemed to little in here to differentiate it from the kind of "love yourself" self-help offered in grocery store magazine racks, only with even more flowery language and occasional references to Old Testament texts. There is some quotable wisdom and good advice, and it is a small and quick read (if you don't have to rage-quit every few pages like I did), but it wasn't quite worth my time. The biggest benefit I got from reading this book was a greater understanding of how the facets of Christian life that Nouwen omits are integral to living the life of the Beloved.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Ah where to begin? I’m not sure I can review this properly until I give it some time. Let me just say this feels like one of those “top 10” books of my life that I’ll return to over and over again and it will speak to me in different ways in different seasons. We’ll see what life holds :) but I know I’d recommend this book to anybody!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Leela

    Leant to me by one of the university chaplains. While certain insights make me interested to read more by Nouwen, this book didn't resonate with me. It just seemed aimed at a different audience - at one suffering from profound self-rejection and seeking approval; feelings which, I am thankful, do not apply to me. In relation to that comes the following quote, which particularly irked me, as it simply does not correpsond to my view of the world: "First of all, you have to keep unmasking the world Leant to me by one of the university chaplains. While certain insights make me interested to read more by Nouwen, this book didn't resonate with me. It just seemed aimed at a different audience - at one suffering from profound self-rejection and seeking approval; feelings which, I am thankful, do not apply to me. In relation to that comes the following quote, which particularly irked me, as it simply does not correpsond to my view of the world: "First of all, you have to keep unmasking the world about you for what it is: manipulative, controlling, power-hungry, and, in the long run, destructive." I acknowledge that the adjectives certainly apply in many contexts and circumstances. But I do not think they correspond to the world *unmasked* and *in the long run*. On the contrary.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lizzytish

    Written by a priest to a Jewish friend to explain the spiritual in everyday terms and thoughts that a secular person would understand. I don't believe he accomplished his goal and his friend attests to that. However I did pick up a few thoughts that are worthy. ~When we persist in looking at the shadow side, we will eventually end up in the dark. ~Every time we decide to be grateful it will be easier to see new things to be grateful for. ~You have to choose where it is that you want to live. ~The ble Written by a priest to a Jewish friend to explain the spiritual in everyday terms and thoughts that a secular person would understand. I don't believe he accomplished his goal and his friend attests to that. However I did pick up a few thoughts that are worthy. ~When we persist in looking at the shadow side, we will eventually end up in the dark. ~Every time we decide to be grateful it will be easier to see new things to be grateful for. ~You have to choose where it is that you want to live. ~The blessed one always blesses. ~Our brokenness reveals something about who we are. ~First step to healing is not a step away from the pain but a step toward it. ~Broken glass shines brightly. ~We are chose, blessed and broken to be given. ~Life finds its fulfillment in giving. ~Just as bread needs to be broken in order to be given, so do our lives. ~More important than our talents are our gifts. ~The greatest gift I have to offer is my own joy of living, my own inner peace, my own silence and solitude, my own sense of well-being. ~The real question is not "What can we offer each other?" but "Who can we be for each other?"

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori Galaske

    I've only read one Nouwen book that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. After reading Life of the Beloved, I've still only read one Nouwen book that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed (and I can't remember the name of that one). This book was, however, different from most of his other books, but his humility and love for God and people still seeped through every page. I loved this book for its simplicity and down-to-earthness. No high and lofty theology here - just the basics. We're human: broken and imperf I've only read one Nouwen book that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. After reading Life of the Beloved, I've still only read one Nouwen book that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed (and I can't remember the name of that one). This book was, however, different from most of his other books, but his humility and love for God and people still seeped through every page. I loved this book for its simplicity and down-to-earthness. No high and lofty theology here - just the basics. We're human: broken and imperfect, but God loves us and gives us each other to love.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel A. Dawson

    I cannot say enough good things about this book. I have already come back to it more than a handful of times to soak up the words again and again and again. I have always loved and wrestled with the idea of being beloved, and this book illuminated all of that. Originally written by Nouwen for a Jewish friend, I found it incredibly convicting and humbling and stunning as a lifelong Christian. I want to get the word beloved tattooed on my body to remind me forever of the core truth of my identity: I cannot say enough good things about this book. I have already come back to it more than a handful of times to soak up the words again and again and again. I have always loved and wrestled with the idea of being beloved, and this book illuminated all of that. Originally written by Nouwen for a Jewish friend, I found it incredibly convicting and humbling and stunning as a lifelong Christian. I want to get the word beloved tattooed on my body to remind me forever of the core truth of my identity: I am His Beloved.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anna Clark

    "From the moment I was helped to experience my interpersonal addiction as an expression of a need for total surrender to a loving God who would fulfill the deepest desires of my heart, I started to live my dependency in a radically new way. Instead of living it in shame and embarrassment, I was able to live it as an urgent invitation to claim God's unconditional love for myself, a love I can depend on without fear." I think I may have found my new favorite book. "From the moment I was helped to experience my interpersonal addiction as an expression of a need for total surrender to a loving God who would fulfill the deepest desires of my heart, I started to live my dependency in a radically new way. Instead of living it in shame and embarrassment, I was able to live it as an urgent invitation to claim God's unconditional love for myself, a love I can depend on without fear." I think I may have found my new favorite book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This was a 4 until I got to the chapter “Given” after which it became a 5. Then I read the last chapter, “Life of the Beloved” which alone is a 10. Yes, I know the rating only goes to 5. I don’t think things will be the same after this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    Probably one of Henri's most important books. It is difficult for many people to understand themselves as "Beloved". Probably one of Henri's most important books. It is difficult for many people to understand themselves as "Beloved".

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ramón S.

    Really consoling if you are passing times of trouble and darkness

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    “Every time you listen with great attentiveness to the voice that calls you the Beloved, you will discover within yourself a desire to hear that voice longer and more deeply. It is like discovering a well in the desert. Once you have touched wet ground, you want to dig deeper.” In characteristic Nouwen fashion, there is a great deal of wisdom here. I found the epilogue especially interesting, in which he acknowledges that the book failed for its intended audience (secular people) and it seemed th “Every time you listen with great attentiveness to the voice that calls you the Beloved, you will discover within yourself a desire to hear that voice longer and more deeply. It is like discovering a well in the desert. Once you have touched wet ground, you want to dig deeper.” In characteristic Nouwen fashion, there is a great deal of wisdom here. I found the epilogue especially interesting, in which he acknowledges that the book failed for its intended audience (secular people) and it seemed that only spiritual people could derive value from it. I wonder if that continues to be true today, some decades after this little volume was published.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Smucker

    A beautiful meditation on life and death.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Bassie

    Read it two years ago, but find myself coming back to it often.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meghan Furey

    A great spiritual read, very easy and quick! The message of this book is simple: we are called to live the life as beloved children of God! I found myself highlighting several passages in this book that are great words of affirmation for me to remember. No matter what happens in life, I am Gods Beloved, and by saying yes to this identity, I can live life fully! Yay!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amory

    I feel I could pick up this book at any time and be reminded of the most simple and profound truths of identity. Nouwen's conversational prose with a friend makes the heart of the book easily identifiable and accessible. I feel I could pick up this book at any time and be reminded of the most simple and profound truths of identity. Nouwen's conversational prose with a friend makes the heart of the book easily identifiable and accessible.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kwon

    Cried on the last page! God is gracious; God is redemptive.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Claire Stanovich

    I think that reading the introduction and epilogue made all the difference for this book for me. I came into the writing with a background on the reasoning why Nouwen wrote the book the way that He did. He didnt mean for it to be this profound, heady piece of writing, but to talk about one's belovedness to the secular world. Read any kind of intro, epilogue, author's note etc people -- it matters! I think that reading the introduction and epilogue made all the difference for this book for me. I came into the writing with a background on the reasoning why Nouwen wrote the book the way that He did. He didnt mean for it to be this profound, heady piece of writing, but to talk about one's belovedness to the secular world. Read any kind of intro, epilogue, author's note etc people -- it matters!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy Griffith

    Too good to be true!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy Young

    I am: chosen, blessed, broken and given.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Gottron

    Poignant and helpful in reflecting on my own spiritual journey. I like that Nouwen is familiar with and is writing in the modern context because he speaks to struggles with which I am very familiar and reminds of the need to stay in touch with the truth of being Beloved.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris Didonna

    This book is a beautiful guide to saying yes to God’s pursuing love in our everyday lives. So much of our culture has made sex and marriage the bread of life, but Henri Nouwen shows how to interact with God as our one true lover. It was a challenging read for me because I tend elevate human love over God’s love, but this book is helping me find satisfaction and belonging in God’s love first.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kaylene

    Written as though from a heavenly bird's eye view. Surprisingly simple and equally beautiful. The fact and description of our being beloved, and our purpose on earth. Written as though from a heavenly bird's eye view. Surprisingly simple and equally beautiful. The fact and description of our being beloved, and our purpose on earth.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.