Look Inside. With the clarity and depth characteristic of the classics, this spiritual bestseller lays out a perceptive and insightful plan for living a spiritual life and achieving the ultimate goal of that life — union with God. The first, from loneliness to solitude, focuses on the spiritual life as it relates to the experience of our own selves. The second, from hostility to hospitality, deals with our spiritual life as a life for others. The final movement, from illusion to prayer, offers penetrating thoughts on the most mysterious relationship of all: our relationship to God.
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Henri J. Nouwen first explores the movement from loneliness to solitude, then the movement from hostility to hospitality, and finally, the movement from illusion to prayer.
According to Nouwen , the first movement, from loneliness to solitude, reaches to the innermost self. Based on the theological principle of idolatry and the psychological principle of detachment, the author succinctly communicates the risks of attempting to fulfill human longings with other individuals.
Specifically, the benefit of authentic community comes alive when solitude usurps loneliness that deteriorates into selfish dependency and exacerbates the loneliness that one wants to escape Nouwen, In particular, solitude allows humanity to squelch its neediness and instead, promote solidarity with pain instead of judging, interpreting, and advising Nouwen, The second movement, from hostility to hospitality, reaches out to others.
In other words, by removing personal agendas and the need to fix and control others, an environment of discovery provides the hospitality necessary for others to find God Nouwen, The author poignantly addresses the risk of manipulation when relationships hinge on conditions of intellectual compliance Nouwen, The author suggests that the final movement, from illusion to prayer, reaches out to God Nouwen, With the poignancy of G.
Chesterton and wisdom of C. Lewis, Nouwen smashes the deceptive message that humanity can find fulfillment in itself. Instead, with clarity and concision, the author points the reader back to the true Source of meaning while insightfully exploring the perils of what psychology may define as approval addiction and theology may define as idolatry. First, organizationally, one wonders whether the third movement is actually a first movement.
Without question, the author masterfully constructs a case for the necessity of God, the connection of prayer, and necessity of pain, which all move humanity toward God and highlights the importance of God indwelling humanity. Nouwen, H. Reaching out: The three movements of the spiritual life. New York, NY: Doubleday. Henri Nouwen-Reaching Out. Tweets by LTransforming.
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With the clarity and depth characteristic of the classics, this spiritual bestseller lays out a perceptive and insightful plan for living a spiritual life and achieving the ultimate goal of that life-union with God. Reaching Out was written during the years Nouwen was an academic, and sometimes that shows up in his approach and the stories he tells to illustrate his points. Even so, this book is accessible and He was born in the Netherlands in An ordained priest and gifted teacher, he taught at several universities including Notre Dame, Harvard and Yale. He was a missionary in Peru. He died of a heart attack in
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With the clarity and depth characteristic of the classics, this spiritual bestseller lays out a perceptive and insightful plan for living a spiritual life and achieving the ultimate goal of that life -- union with God. He was the senior pastor of L'Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada, a community where men and women with mental disabilities and their assistants create a home for one another. Hwnri book stimulated discussion and growth in our weekly spirit group. Reaching Out is a rich book to be read, reread, pondered, and shared with others. Aug 14, Reissue edition.