Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring

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Product Details
Price
$15.99
Publisher
HarperOne
Publish Date
Pages
128
Dimensions
5.2 X 7.7 X 0.5 inches | 0.22 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780061800269

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About the Author
Henri J. M. Nouwen was an internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor, and beloved pastor who wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. Nouwen enjoyed an impressive academic career with positions at Notre Dame, Yale, and Harvard Universities. His commitment to explore the relationship between faith and justice led him to become involved in the civil rights movement and to make a number of trips to Central America. Nouwen lived the last ten years of his life as the pastor of L'Arche Daybreak in Toronto, one of the many communities founded by Jean Vanier. In L'Arche people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, create inclusive communities of faith and friendship, and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries. This became Nouwen's home until his death in September 1996.Nathan Ball met and shared community life with Henri Nouwen in Jean Vanier's L'Arche communities in France, and then Canada, for over ten years. Their friendship and Nouwen's spiritual vision had a life-changing impact on Nathan, who has had various leadership roles within the L'Arche movement. Nathan was a founding trustee of the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust and was on the Board of Directors of the Henri Nouwen Society for several years. For the past 20 years, he has been heavily involved in various aspects of fundraising. He now lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Reviews

"...a very comforting book. ...Nouwen offers us here a gentle, almost meditative book on coming to terms with death." -- Publishers Weekly

"It's a new way of looking at death, one with an upside." -- Miami Herald

"One of my favorite 'caregivers, ' Henri Nouwen challenges us to accept our death as part of our spiritual journey, not its end. ...Nouwen continues to be a must read." -- Capital Times

"On the long road it's good to have Nouwen and his diving rod. Deftly he bends toward the drop of spiritual wisdom caked in the most ordinary things." -- Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of Dead Man Walking