Henri Nouwen, the world-renowned spiritual guide and counselor, understood the spiritual life as a journey of faith and transformation that is deepened by accountability, community, and relationships. Though Henri counseled many people during his lifetime, his principles of discernment were never collected into a single volume. Now, in association with the Nouwen Legacy Trust, Michael Christensen--one of Nouwen's longtime students--and Rebecca Laird have taken his coursework, journals, and unpublished writings and created the definitive resource on spiritual discernment.
This is the third book of a series. Spiritual Direction explores our core questions about the spiritual life as Nouwen acts as spiritual director, opening the door to personal transformation. In Spiritual Formation, Nouwen offers guidance on spiritual development--as dynamic movements from fear to love. In this final book, Discernment, Nouwen teaches us how to read the "signs of the times" in daily life in order to make decisions that are ultimately guided by God. Nouwen emphasizes listening to the Word of God--in our hearts, in the Bible, in the community of faith, and in the voice of the poor. Nouwen's thoughts on discernment begin to answer one of the biggest questions we face: what should I do with my life?
About the Author
Henri 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 the Menninger Clinic, Notre Dame University, the University of Nijmegen, and Yale University. In later life he was called to serve in L'Arche Daybreak community, where people with developmental disabilities live with assistants. Henri Nouwen died in September 1996.
Michael J. Christensen (PhD, Drew University) is director of the DMin program and teaches spirituality and religious studies at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Jeffery A. Wittung is a PhD candidate at Drew University and an editor at Baker Academic in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Rebecca J. Laird is an Associate for Spiritual Development at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, New Jersey. She is the author of Leslie Weatherhead s The Will of God Workbook and has contributed to 365 More Meditations for Women and 365 Meditations for Mothers of Young Children. She also coauthored with her husband, The Heart of Henri Nouwen: His Words of Blessing. Rebecca's most recent contribution has been to the Sisters Series with Unfailing Love: Growing Closer to Jesus Christ.