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The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society

Nouwen, Henri J. M.

Published by Doubleday & Company, 1972
ISBN 10: 0385028563 / ISBN 13: 9780385028561
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Title: The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary...

Publisher: Doubleday & Company

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

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No markings. Light foxing present. Good condition. Light to moderate shelf wear, creasing on covers. Binding intact. DJ price intact. Soiling on DJ. Fair condition Dust Jacket Included. DJ has moderate to heavy edge wear, creasing, rubbing, chipping. [ZZ91]. Bookseller Inventory # 100327001

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Synopsis: "Nouwen at his best." Best Sellers

"A lucid and profoundly simple book." America

"One's overall response to this book has to be 'Yes.' Yes, this describes a style of ministry desperately needed by all of us." The Christian Century

What does it mean to be a minister in our modern world? In this hope-filled book, Nouwen offers a fresh interpretation of modern ministry. Here he offers inspiration to men and women who want to be of service in their Church or community but who have found the traditional ways of ministry alienating and ineffective.

According to Nouwen, "the minister is called to recognize the sufferings of his time in his own heart and make that recognition the starting point of his service."

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From the Publisher: 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.

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