Reaching Out: Three Movements of the Spiritual Life

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In this best-seller the eminent spiritual guide Henri Nouwen describes three movements in our search for union with God.

The first movement, from loneliness to solitude, explores our experience of our own selves and our longings. The second movement, from hostility to hospitality, focuses on our relationships with others. In the third movement the challenge is to progress from illusion to prayer. Nouwen s plan leads us through good times and struggles, joys and sorrows, to joyful union with God.

Nouwen says the journey is frightful as well as exhilarating because it is the great experience of being alone, alone in the world, alone before God. As we are transformed in love, painful passages and tensions become signs of hope.

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About the Author:

HENRI J.M. NOUWEN is one of the most prolific and popular spiritual writers of our time. He wrote more than 40 books and taught at the University of Notre Dame, as well as Yale and Harvard. For the 10 years before his death in 1996, he was part of the L Arche Daybreak community in Toronto, sharing life with people with developmental disabilities.

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With clarity, Murray Bodo narrates the spiritual insights and convictions of Henri Nouwen, renowned Catholic priest and mentor. Nouwen presents a systematic three-step plan for living spiritually to achieve union with God. Step one addresses personal isolation and our longing to feel connected to something greater than ourselves. Step two concentrates on our relationship to others as we move toward hospitality. Step three focuses on the reality of prayer and its importance for personal growth. Nouwen is convinced that it's through our search for personal answers and connectedness that we find hope and confidence to persevere in a search for God. Bodo's skilled narration makes this complex subject understandable when listened to in short intervals. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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