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by Henri J.M. Nouwen

The Road to Daybreak A Spiritual Journey download ebook
ISBN:
0232517932
ISBN13:
978-0232517934
Author:
Henri J.M. Nouwen
Publisher:
DARTON,LONGMAN & TODD LTD (1989)
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240 pages
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4.9

Henri Nouwen is a profound writer on the spiritual life. I have been looking for the road to God to the perfect spiritual union with God through prayer and helping others.

Henri Nouwen is a profound writer on the spiritual life. In this book he narrates through journal excerpts the transitional year between being a professor at Harvard Divinity School and being a priest and caregiver with the handicapped at Daybreak I in Toronto. Under the tutelage of Jean Vanier, Pére Thomas, and the L'Arche Community in France, he explores discernment and call, prayer and solitude, friendship and community, sexuality and chastity, ability and disability.

The Road to Daybreak is Henri Nouwen's intimate diary that records his poignant When Henri Nouwen left the world of academe and headed for the village of Trosly in France, he sought a place that would lead him "closer to the heart of Go. Arriving at L'Arche community in Trosly, he felt. Arriving at L'Arche community in Trosly, he felt as if he had finally "come home. Indeed, it was destined to change his life forever. The Road to Daybreak is Henri Nouwen's intimate diary that records his poignant year at L'Arche, which began in the summer of 1985, a precious time of inner renewal and self-discovery.

The Road to Daybreak is Henri Nouwen's intimate diary that records his poignant year at L'Arche, which began in the summer of 1985, a precious time of inner renewal and self-discovery

The Road to Daybreak is Henri Nouwen's intimate diary that records his poignant year at L'Arche, which began in the summer of 1985, a precious time of inner renewal and self-discovery. With simplicity and honesty, he describes how the experience changed his attitudes and enriched his spiritual life. Here Nouwen recounts the struggles and self-doubts he faced along this rocky road to a new vocation as he introduces us to the people of L'Arche and many others whose impact on him was deep and life-lasting. Such was the impact of this experience that he chose to say yes to the call.

The Road to Daybreak is Henri Nouwen's intimate diary that records his poignant year at L'Arche, which began in. .This is a wonderfully inspiring book documenting Henri's journey from Ivy League professor to the priest of a community of people with severe disabilities.

The Road to Daybreak is Henri Nouwen's intimate diary that records his poignant year at L'Arche, which began in the summer of 1985, a precious time of inner. His story reminds us that the crux of the Christian life is not flashiness and worldly success, but that it comes from being a servant to the needy and poor of our world.

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God does not require a pure heart before embracing us. Even if we return only because following our desires has failed to bring happiness, God will take us back.

The Road to Daybreak by Henri J. M. Nouwen. God does not require a pure heart before embracing us. The Road to Daybreak by Henri J.

This is Henri Nouwen's intimate diary of the year he spent at L'Arche, a community where care is provided for mentally ill and retarded adults. Here he recounts the struggles and self-doubts he faced along the road to a new vocation.

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Reviews:
  • Adaly
This book was recommended to me, with the thought that it may be helpful in my role as full-time caregiver for a member of my family. While there were some worthwhile entries, I found the manner in which Nouwen refers to, and seems to think about, people who have disabilities so insensitive that I almost stopped reading the book.

Nouwen writes about "handicapped people" throughout, and also uses terms such as the following when referring to individuals who have a disability (cited with page numbers).
- broken brothers and sisters (p. 76)
- poor in spirit (p. 76)
- the little people (p. 88)
- men and women who are so deeply broken (p. 99)

How many of those who love, care for, or minister to, an individual who has a disability would agree with the following statement? "Handicapped people have little, if anything, to show to the world." (p. 193)

Nouwen makes broad generalizations that, in my experience, are unsupported. Decide for yourself: "Among handicapped people words are certainly not the most important way of communicating." (p. 90)

As Nouwen admits after his first year that he needs to come to know the residents and staff of the Daybreak community better, he refers to the hope that the Lord will reveal himself "in the fellowship of the weak." (p. 226)

This is the first Nouwen book I've read. Having spent the last four years dealing with numerous people who have disabilities, I may pay more attention than most to the language used. I wanted to like the book and to gain insights from Nouwen's experience that would be helpful in my current situation. Unfortunately, that did not happen. I would not recommend the book for general reading.
  • MisTereO
Henri Nouwen is a profound writer on the spiritual life. In this book he narrates through journal excerpts the transitional year between being a professor at Harvard Divinity School and being a priest and caregiver with the handicapped at Daybreak I in Toronto. Under the tutelage of Jean Vanier, Pére Thomas, and the L'Arche Community in France, he explores discernment and call, prayer and solitude, friendship and community, sexuality and chastity, ability and disability. The genesis of at least four other books he wrote—Return of the Prodigal Son, In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership, Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying With Icons, and Adam: God's Beloved—are found in this book. Nouwen's transparency and the sharp contrasting of human weakness with the spiritual resources of the Christian faith will stir any reader to deeper reflection.
  • virus
Nouwen spent his last ten years living with people with profound developmental disabilities at the Daybreak community in Canada. The Road to Daybreak is his diary of the year prior to that period. The epilogue of the book, however, is written at the end of his first year in the community. It illustrates the great gift of this Catholic priest: his ability to confess his weaknesses openly. He notes his despairs in joining a handicapped community and discovering the depth of his own handicaps. He was inept at the many practical details of living as a family, having lived an academic life in which others took care of such things as laundry, cooking, and cleaning. He was also unskilled at living intimately in community with others. He was embarrassed to discover his need for others to give him his sense of worth. It is healing to read someone openly clear about his despairs.
  • Fordregelv
I found this book to be inspirational talk provoking and very interesting . It inspired me to sit down and start riding a spiritual the spiritual journey I've been traveling for the last eight years . I have been looking for the road to God to the perfect spiritual union with God through prayer and helping others . This book will help me to do those things as well as to write my own spiritual journey thank you .
  • Runehammer
This is one of the very good journals that Nouwen wrote. I recommend this. Here he gives us the journey from Harvard and the prestige he had teaching at that divinity school to this home in Toronto for challenged people with no fame and no notoriety. For Nouwen this was the journal for going home.
  • PanshyR
This is one of the best Nouwen books I've read. I would recommend it to anybody who is making a life decision.
  • Cetnan
A wonderful book to help with thinking about discernment.
This has been a great book to read to help me center my day. I am a big Henri Nouwen fan and this is one of my favorite books of his.