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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,626 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henri J. M. Nouwen Narrator: Henri J. M. Nouwen Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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How does one live a spiritual life in a secular world? Henri Nouwen responds from the depths of his heart to this dilemna posed by his friend Fred Bratman. Nouwen's own interpretive reading of the text lends a sense of immediacy to the audiobook.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryanne | 2/17/2014

    " A book written in response to a friend's request, "You have something to say, . . . but you keep saying it to people who least need to hear it... What about us young, ambitious, secular men and women wondering what life is all about after all? Can you speak to us with the same conviction as you speak to those who share your tradition, your language and your vision? I would say yes, Fr. Nouwen was able to speak to these friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 2/14/2014

    " A quick read. The book really didn't do much for me. The writer seems more emotional than logical in his thrust, so I didn't really identify with a lot of what he was saying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi | 2/5/2014

    " read this on my flight from PHX to Philly today.. very much enjoyed it. Nouwen puts into words many of my deepest thoughts and at the end of this book, even perfectly hits on my fascination with the gift of dying well. ok. that might sound weird. but its really a good thought-provoking short book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/31/2014

    " This is a must read, must own book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 1/25/2014

    " This book is simply written, not from the academic prowess of Henri Nouwen, which he certainly has, but from one broken human being to other real people of the everyday. It's really hard to state the profound in simple terms, but Henri Nouwen has done just that. It's an easy quick read that leaves a lot to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 1/23/2014

    " Very good complements to each of the four major themes expressed in this work. A great light devotional book that expresses how to view existence in trying times. I would encourage everybody to at least skim this one, as the ideas here are good for anyone and everyone to keep in mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/14/2014

    " Life, for too many of us, is an ever-present search for unconditional love. In this work Henri Nouwen, wise man that he was, writes to encourage us to accept that we are the beloved of a loving God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Richards | 1/14/2014

    " This was not the first of Nouwen's works that I have read, and it certainly won't be last. Life of the Beloved echoes a refrain that should be familiar to those who have been exposed to his other writings. While this book can be read in a matter of hours, I believe it has the potential to impact those who read it for a lifetime. The invitation to live as one of God's beloved children is one which we all need to hear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rbriggsbriggsfreeman.com | 12/22/2013

    " This is a book I read and reread on a regular basis. To me it is one of my most foundational books that shape my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/22/2013

    " Love this book, and reread parts of it when needed :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 11/20/2013

    " the best book i've ever read- changed my life and my relationship with God. I come back to the truths in it almost daily and could read it continuously. Nouwen had a true gift with articulting the inarticulable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken Odiorne | 8/10/2013

    " Akin to 'Tuesdays with Maurie'. Inspirational, engaging, and good fodder for religious education class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/7/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was light and simple, yet thought-provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dale | 4/13/2013

    " Probably one of Henri's most important books. It is difficult for many people to understand themselves as "Beloved". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 11/30/2012

    " Very enjoyable and inspiring giving practical ideas of how to help yourself grow spiritually in a secular world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Ellis | 10/23/2012

    " Life changing. Seriously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna Fig | 10/18/2012

    " Simple, little, yet profound. One of my all time favorites. I try to reread it every couple of years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee Tighe | 8/28/2012

    " Friendship...secular and spiritual "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 6/25/2012

    " Will need to read this once a year. Amazing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 4/9/2012

    " Henri Nouwen throws down. A great book which began as a letter solicited by Nouwen's Jewish friend wanting an explanation of the core of Christianity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val | 2/27/2012

    " Nouwen's profound insight on what it means to embrace our identity as the beloved in Christ. This is a worthy and challenging read for any Christian. We read this as a group study -- an excellent choice for that purpose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 2/1/2012

    " This book is essential for those of us 'spiritual' beings having a human experience. "

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

    " One of my all time favorite books. Read it multiple times. Especially good when I'm down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 alexandra | 8/20/2011

    " Good overview of basic Christian principles and the basis of the Catholic faith, i.e, love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 8/7/2011

    " It was so good for my soul to remember my identity as God's Beloved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lianne | 4/22/2011

    " This book beautifully illustrates God's love for us, and how fully embracing our belovedness will change the way we live and interact with everyone. There are so many profound quotes, I just want to highlight something on nearly every page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/15/2011

    " I am thrilled to discover the brilliance and beauty of Henry J.M. Nouwen's writing. He illuminates so much wisdom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 4/14/2011

    " I really liked this book and how Nouwen uses the cycle of communion (Taken, Blessed, Broken, Given) to describe the Christian life. We are called to just beLOVED by God, not earn this love through our own works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 11/8/2010

    " My friend Alanna gave this to me for my last birthday, and I'm sorry it took me so long to finish it! After a long pause, I tore through the last half of the book the other night. This is wonderful and affirming stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenda | 10/12/2010

    " this book has touched me deeply "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 9/26/2010

    " This was the first book I read by Henri Nouwen and I really enjoyed it. Short, simple, and powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 9/22/2010

    " It's a life changing book. Or more accurately, a life centering book. Simple yet profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 8/11/2010

    " This book focuses on being the Beloved of God. It's beautifully written, practical, and it definitely impacted how I operate daily. I love Nouwen! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 7/25/2010

    " Thanks to Bonnie Nelson for recommending this book. I savored every page and was fortunate enough to have picked up my very own copy so that I could highlight the best parts. Something worth reading over and over again when life looses its sheen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 A. T. | 6/21/2010

    " Not fantastic. Nouwen is a liberal, and I knew that going in, so his definitions of election, beloved and so forth are univerally inclusivist. We're all elected, we are all the beloved, and so forth. The book is written to a agnostic Jew, so this sort of talk is profoundly unhelpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irish gal | 5/25/2010

    " I love the image he gives of our loving God. He wrote this for a Jewish friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/6/2010

    " a nice personal read when you want to be encouraged, since finishing it I've got a list in my head of people i want to share this book with "

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