The modern classic that interweaves the solitude, silence, and prayer of the fourth- and fifth-century Egyptian Desert Fathers and Mothers with our contemporary search for an authentic spirituality.
About the Author
He was born in the Netherlands in 1932. An ordained priest and gifted teacher, he taught at several universities including Notre Dame, Harvard and Yale. He was a missionary in Peru. He died of a heart attack in 1996.
“Clear, precise, biblically founded guidance...Skillfully blends knowledge of psychological growth with the great Christian traditions.”
“Brings desert spirituality to bear upon the contemporary scene. ... Hauntingly relevant for us today.”
“Gemlike in its clarity.”
-The Christian Century
“Inspiring, to the point, and eminently practical in his advice about living spiritually in the world of today.”
-Spiritual Book News
“On the long road it’s good to have Nouwen and his divining rod. Deftly he bends toward the drop of spiritual wisdom caked in the most ordinary things.”
-Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of Dead Man Walking