Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life by Gabrielle Earnshaw, editor

Henri J.M. Nouwen was a beloved priest, writer, and theologian. He was a prolific writer, producing not only 39 books and a multitude of articles, but also carrying on deep and loving correspondence with friends, colleagues, and people who read his books.

This thoughtful collection of his personal letters reveals the encouragement and candor he offered to others, considering their joys and sorrows and offering spiritual advice that echoes with the wisdom of his study and practice. Each letter is put into context, as the editor explains what is happening in his life and in his relationship with the recipient.

The book also opens a new window into his heart, his mind, and his desire to follow God’s call, whatever the cost. He never made decisions lightly, always pausing to meditate and pray, seeking God’s will for each step of the way. Sometimes his devotion caused him to feel quite isolated; he yearned for intimacy with others that he could not always find. He poured this desire into his relationship with the Lord.

Those who are already well-acquainted with Nouwen will find an added dimension to the inner workings of his heart. Newcomers will be amazed at the depth of his faith. This book might even inspire a new love for the act of writing a letter. Due in bookstores on October 4. (Convergent)

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