The Wounded Healer

The Wounded Healer The Wounded Healer Is A Hope Filled And Profoundly Simple Book That Speaks Directly To Those Men And Women Who Want To Be Of Service In Their Church Or Community, But Have Found The Traditional Ways Often Threatening And Ineffective In This Book, Henri Nouwen Combines Creative Case Studies Of Ministry With Stories From Diverse Cultures And Religious Traditions In Preparing A New Model For Ministry Weaving Keen Cultural Analysis With His Psychological And Religious Insights, Nouwen Has Come Up With A Balanced And Creative Theology Of Service That Begins With The Realization Of Fundamental Woundedness In Human Nature Emphasizing That Which Is In Humanity Common To Both Minister And Believer, This Woundedness Can Serve As A Source Of Strength And Healing When Counseling Others Nouwen Proceeds To Develop His Approach To Ministry With An Analysis Of Sufferings A Suffering World, A Suffering Generation, A Suffering Person, And A Suffering Minister It Is His Contention That Ministers Are Called To Recognize The Sufferings Of Their Time In Their Own Hearts And Make That Recognition The Starting Point Of Their Service For Nouwen, Ministers Must Be Willing To Go Beyond Their Professional Role And Leave Themselves Open As Fellow Human Beings With The Same Wounds And Suffering In The Image Of Christ In Other Words, We Heal From Our Own Wounds Filled With Examples From Everyday Experience, The Wounded Healer Is A Thoughtful And Insightful Guide That Will Be Welcomed By Anyone Engaged In The Service Of Others. I set out to read Henri Nouwen s 100 page book thinking I would finish it in a few days Instead, as always with Nouwen, it took me several weeks to read Every time I picked it up I found myself flipping back through my previous reading, and every time I set it down I found myself spending days processing the few pages I just completed Nouwen is, at heart, a philosopher and a psychologist and his writing is organized according to a logical formula Some may struggle against that structure or w I set out to read Henri Nouwen s 100 page book thinking I would finish it in a few days Instead, as always with Nouwen, it took me several weeks to read Every time I picked it up I found myself flipping back through my previous reading, and every time I set it down I found myself spending days processing the few pages I just completed Nouwen is, at heart, a philosopher and a psychologist and his writing is organized according to a logical formula Some may struggle against that structure or with that jargon, but if you can move past it you will find beautiful truth within and an amazing understanding of our very current culture despite the fact that the book was written almost 30 years ago Nouwen seemed to anticipate the hopelessness that prevails in our present society, the growing sense among our youth that they cannot create a better future for their world, and to that hopeless he encourages u
Nouwen s opening chapter, a description of Nuclear Man , a prototype modern man , almost made me give up the book entirely Nuclear Man to me sounded like a 1960 70 80 s person the book was published in 1979 disillusioned with the Cold War and the Super Powers, living from day to day in constant fear of complete annihilation I recognize Nouwen s Nuclear Man who,has lost na ve faith in the possibilities of technologies and is painfully aware that the same powers that enable man to create n Nouwen s opening chapter, a description of Nuclear Man , a prototype modern man , almost made me g
I came to Henri Nouwen on the recommendation of Fred Rogers, and I was not disappointed This slim volume is somewhat dated I was pleasantly surprised to see two King Crimson songs quoted in the second essay, for instance , but its central message is timeless that the very experiences that wound us most deeply are also those from which we can draw the greatest strength Nouwen does not romanticize suffering it is not suffering itself that is beautiful, but rathe
I read this years and years ago It changed my life. I don t know that Nouwen was quite clear on what he was writing as he put his words onto paper The mood of loneliness comes through clearly, and there is an insightful analysis of nuclear man which is awfully close to what we would characterize as postmodern today Nouwen includes a chapter that is kind of a case study of a conversation between a hospital chaplain in training and a man with fears about a pending operation, and he analyzes ways that there could and should have been conne I don t know that Nouwen was quite clear on what he was writing as he put his words onto paper The mood of loneliness comes through clearly, and there is an insightful analysis of nuclear man which is awfully close to what we would characterize as postmodern today Nouwen includes a chapter that is kind of a case study of a conversation between a hospital chaplain in t
There are a lot of rich insights in this little book At some point I want to really reflect on some of the meatier statements. I ve read only two of Nouwen s books so far, and just from those I can say his books warrant a 2nd and maybe a 3rd reading His insights are rich, dense, and provoke a lot of contemplation This is most definitely not a book to peruse through, but something to meditate on I love the title it perfectly describes the subject of this marvelous short book People in helping professions develop their compassion and ability to help heal others by being wounded themselves, just as Christ was wounded I ve read only two of Nouwen s books so far, and just from those I can say his books warrant a 2nd and maybe a 3rd reading His insights are rich, dense, and provoke a lot of contemplation This is most definitely not a book to peruse through, but something to meditate on I love the title it perfectly describes the subject of this marvelous short book People in helping professions develo
The book looked like a quick read due to its brief 100 page length, but this was deceptive I feel Nouwen s message in the first half of the book, while still relevant, represents the society and culture of my parents generation We have lost faith in technology, he writes This is the opposite of the truth for Generation Y and whatever the subsequent generations have been labeled My peers put faith in little beyond science and technology Writing in 1972, Nouwen perhaps saw an age that u The book looked like a quick read due to its brief 100 page length, but this was deceptive I feel Nouwen s message in the first half of the book, while still relevant, represents the society and culture of my parents generation We have lost faith in technology, he writes This is the opposite of the truth for Generation Y and whatever the subsequent generations have been labeled My peers put faith in lit
SynopsisNouwen opens with a description of nuclear man, the modern man who is forced to see that mankind s creative powers have reached a point where they hold the potential for imminent self destruction Nuclear man is further characterized by a historical dislocation, a fragmented ideology, and a search for immortality Though originally intended to portray the youth coming of age at the time of the book s first publication in 1972, it is perhaps an evenaccurate representation of the g SynopsisNouwen opens with a description of nuclear man, the modern man who is forc
Nouwen is in this book, as in all his books, deft, compassionate and insightful into the condition of human suffering and despair He offers a number of insights into the then current crisis of nuclear man While we might have moved beyond that particular historical epoch, many of the observations remain timely The last part of the book lays out a very balanced and healthy approach for a min

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  • Paperback
  • 100 pages
  • The Wounded Healer
  • Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • English
  • 06 March 2018
  • 0385148038