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Henri J. M. Nouwen Collection (5 vols.)
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Henri J. M. Nouwen Collection (5 vols.)

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Henri Nouwen was one of the most significant spiritual leaders of our time. During his life, Nouwen served as priest, academic, psychologist, teacher, and author. This collection reflects his diverse set of roles and communicates his earnest desire to seek the Lord. Nouwen reflects on topics including prayer, solitude, spiritual journeys, sanctification, and death.

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Key Features

  • Explores themes of solitude, community, and compassion
  • Offers a contrast to a world of busyness, anxiety, and noise
  • Examines the radical singularity of humans

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Individual Titles

Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons

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This twentieth anniversary edition (more than 111,000 copies sold) brings Henri J.M. Nouwen’s writings on Eastern Orthodox icons to a new generation and adds to the Nouwen collection published by Ave Maria Press. With a foreword by Br. Robert Lentz, a well-known painter of contemporary icons, this classic Nouwen book invites readers to pray with four Russian icons with their eyes open by emphasizing seeing or gazing, which are at the heart of Eastern spirituality. Nouwen’s meditations reveal his viewing of the icons not as decorations, but holy places. The book includes four full-color icons, which can be removed for private contemplation or meditation.

Henri J. M. Nouwen, who wrote more than 40 books, remains one of the most popular spiritual writers of our time. This paperback is a revised version of a volume released in 1987.... We are assaulted by images in a society where consumerism comes at us through posters, billboards, television, movies and store windows. But icons are a different thing completely. Nouwen presents meditations on four icons: the icon of the Holy Trinity, the icon of the Virgin of Vladimir, the icon of the Savior of Zvenigorod, and the icon of the Descent of the Spirit.

Spirituality & Practice

Can You Drink the Cup?

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The last book published before Henri Nouwen’s death in 1996, Can You Drink the Cup? has been translated into ten languages and sold more than 140,000 copies. Exploring the deep spiritual impact of the question Jesus asked his friends James and John, Nouwen reflects upon the metaphor of the cup, using the images of holding, lifting, and drinking to articulate the basics of the spiritual life. Written with the profound insight and clarity characteristic of his numerous best-selling books, Nouwen’s deeply perceptive exploration of Jesus’ challenging question has the power to pierce your heart, expand your spiritual horizons, and radically change your life.

When the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin learned that his cancer had returned and that he hadn’t long to live, he turned immediately to Henri Nouwen for spiritual support. This little book explains why. In concise and elegant language, Can You Drink the Cup? opens up Nouwen’s own life in Christ and enlarges ours. I loved the book—and needed it.

—Kenneth L. Woodward, Contributing Editor, Newsweek

Heart Speaks to Heart: Three Gospel Meditations on Jesus

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With a new foreword from friend and author Christopher de Vinck, Heart Speaks to Heart follows Henri Nouwen during a Holy Week retreat during which he desired to write about the Sacred Heart. As his words took shape, he instead spoke directly to the heart of Jesus. The resulting book shares Nouwen’s view of his own faithful, but often painful, journey to the Lord. A Prologue and Epilogue shares Nouwen’s own account on the creation of this book, which was inspired by a friend’s devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

This is a precious book, revealing how our hearts can be changed and transformed by the human and divine heart of Jesus.

—Jean Vanier, Founder of L’Arche

Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

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Drawing on three moments in the life of Jesus, Henri Nouwen invites us to reflect on the tension between our desire for solitude and the demands of contemporary life. He reminds us that it was in solitude that Jesus found the courage to follow God’s will. And he shows us that fruitful love and service must spring from a living relationship with God. Beautifully written, elegantly simple, Out of Solitude is as fresh today as it was thirty years ago.

Henri Nouwen has become a beloved spiritual writer for many people, and this book shows why. The power of his words takes a reader off to a place in imagination and emotion akin to a headland on the sea or a clearing in a forest or a low peak in a range of hills.

—Thomas Moore, Author of Care of the Soul

With Open Hands

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With Open Hands, Henri Nouwen’s first book on spirituality and a treasured introduction to prayer, has been a perennial favorite for over thirty years because it gently encourages an open, trusting stance toward God and offers insight to the components of prayer: silence, acceptance, hope, compassion, and prophetic criticism. Provocative questions invite reflection and self-awareness, while simple and beautiful prayers provide comfort, peace, and reassurance. With over half a million copies printed in seven languages, this spiritual classic has been reissued for a new generation with moving photography and a foreword by Sue Monk Kidd.

Amazingly, the book is possibly more relevant now than when it was first published. It speaks clearly, amid a growing profusion of anxiety, busyness, and noise, about returning to the quiet core of ourselves. It compels us to accept life’s goodness at the precise moment life seems most hazardous and un-embraceable. It offers the mystery of hope in a world gouged by terrorism and given to despair.... Twenty-seven years ago, With Open Hands helped to wake me to the immense.

—Sue Monk Kidd

About Henri J. M. Nouwen

Henri J. M. Nouwen is one of the most popular spiritual writers of our time. He wrote more than forty books, among them the bestselling Out of Solitude. He taught at the University of Notre Dame, as well as Yale and Harvard Universities. From 1986 until his death in 1996, he was part of the L’Arche Daybreak community in Toronto, where he shared his life with people with mental disabilities.