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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (491 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henri J. M. Nouwen Narrator: Dan Anderson Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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Nouwen uses the cup as a metaphor to articulate the basic postures of the spiritual life: holding, lifting and drinking. The cup is a powerful image in our human experience. We use cups in our celebrations of a variety of events. Nouwen reminds us that we also use the cup as a symbolic vessel - for sorrow, joy, blessings, salvation.

Drinking our cup to the bottom is seen as the expression of the full freedom of the sons and daughters of God, Nouwen writes. His goal is to make the question Jesus posed to James and John pierce our hearts so that a personal answer can emerge from it. The way we answer Jesus' question, Can you drink the cup...? has the power to radically change our lives.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 2/18/2014

    " remember when this was the staff retreat read in 2004? that was cool "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Williams | 2/1/2014

    " perfect for Lent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrismpadgett Padgett | 1/29/2014

    " Wonderful. Take the good and bad/ bloom where planted/ be where you're at. It is just a great little book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 1/28/2014

    " Loved this book... Read and re-read several times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/24/2014

    " This is not an easy read but it's definitely a good read...it will tug at your heart, your conscience and your soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Kobayashi | 1/19/2014

    " I liked this book--it was heartfelt and encouraging and inspiring. I have a great respect for Henri Nouwen. I rushed through the end because I had to return the book to the library, but it's definitely worth a re-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 1/11/2014

    " A nice if somewhat maudlin book based on a very poorly chosen, clumsy metaphor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody Harrison Hanson | 1/11/2014

    " Nouwens "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Cress | 1/4/2014

    " This book is life-changing. On of my favorites. I have read it more than once and am currently reading it again. Nouwen is just an amazing writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy | 1/2/2014

    " Humbling and provocative ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mi | 12/21/2013

    " I read this book as part of my discernment process for Ordination. I was not asked to read however I found it extremely helpful in my process. I often go back and reread it always learning something new or reaching new clarity on this journey I have undertaken. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/2/2013

    " Just OK (well there were a couple chapters that were awesome). I'm used Nouwen's amaziness and this didn't feel like his writing style. But there were some GREAT GREAT chapters that touched my hear! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arthur Sumual | 11/27/2013

    " It's dealing with accepting one's life with all it's happyness and sadness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti Clement | 11/27/2013

    " Excellent easy read on what it really means for Jesus to be our cup of salvation! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Nusser | 11/16/2013

    " This Henri Nouwen book asks us to seriously consider what our faith asks of us and how we will respond. As in all his other books, father Nouwen reveals his own spiritual journey and the questions he has asked himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 8/4/2013

    " I enjoyed Nouwen's observations about communion and him using it as a metaphor for the spiritual life. Its a good book and a quick read. I hope to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonny Sweatt | 3/25/2013

    " It seems like just about everything Henri Nouwen touches turns to gold.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 1/27/2013

    " Good but not great. I picked it up for a $1. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 11/15/2012

    " We are using this book for a women's retreat at church. It is small, but really thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 7/27/2012

    " Not what I expected, but very good nonetheless. As with other Nouwen books I've read, it gets better toward the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wade | 5/27/2012

    " Nouwen uses the image of a cup to relate to the entire spiritual life. He points very well to how community is supposed to look amongst believers when we become unafraid to let people see everything that is going on inside us and empower others to do the same with us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 5/10/2012

    " A beautiful meditation on Driniking the cup of life...fully owning, nurturing, accepting, and celebrating the gift of our lives; written by an outstanding spiritual writer, Henri Nouwen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexia | 4/15/2012

    " A thought provoking and thought-evoking read from my favourite author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tracey | 4/10/2012

    " Done like only Nouwen can do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/15/2012

    " easy read. a good manual for christians before serving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Mossa | 6/27/2011

    " It has been some time since I read this book, but I remember enjoying it very much. It's short, and I found Nouwen's description of one of the men he lived with in the L'Arche community to be especially moving. A good reflection on finding God in the struggles of our lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Black | 6/15/2011

    " I just read this book in a matter of hours. Yes it is only 123 pages but it was good. It was a fast and easy read that gives me a bit of a diffrent pitcture to think of the next time I partake of the cup at communion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/27/2011

    " We are using this book for a women's retreat at church. It is small, but really thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrismpadgett | 1/5/2011

    " Wonderful. Take the good and bad/ bloom where planted/ be where you're at. It is just a great little book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 8/23/2010

    "
    It has been some time since I read this book, but I remember enjoying it very much. It's short, and I found Nouwen's description of one of the men he lived with in the L'Arche community to be especially moving. A good reflection on finding God in the struggles of our lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 6/6/2010

    " A good quick read. It is a spiritual reflection on life, focusing on how our sorrows build the foundation for a deep, abiding joy. Edifying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 10/20/2008

    " I enjoyed Nouwen's observations about communion and him using it as a metaphor for the spiritual life. Its a good book and a quick read. I hope to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/27/2008

    " This Henri Nouwen book asks us to seriously consider what our faith asks of us and how we will respond. As in all his other books, father Nouwen reveals his own spiritual journey and the questions he has asked himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/20/2008

    " Just OK (well there were a couple chapters that were awesome). I'm used Nouwen's amaziness and this didn't feel like his writing style. But there were some GREAT GREAT chapters that touched my hear! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tracey | 8/4/2008

    " Done like only Nouwen can do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 7/14/2008

    " This book is life-changing. On of my favorites. I have read it more than once and am currently reading it again. Nouwen is just an amazing writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wade | 4/22/2008

    " Nouwen uses the image of a cup to relate to the entire spiritual life. He points very well to how community is supposed to look amongst believers when we become unafraid to let people see everything that is going on inside us and empower others to do the same with us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 4/13/2008

    " A nice if somewhat maudlin book based on a very poorly chosen, clumsy metaphor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonny | 11/21/2007

    " It seems like just about everything Henri Nouwen touches turns to gold.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PIM | 11/10/2007

    " A thought provoking and thought-evoking read from my favourite author. "

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