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Download The Way of the Heart: Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henri Nouwen Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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Here is 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.

Previously recorded by Henri Nouwen as Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rgauthie | 2/10/2014

    " Definitely one of his better books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/9/2014

    " This book was published in 1981 and it is comforting to see the Fr Nouwen has not changed from his original thinking on the spiritual life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mb | 1/18/2014

    " Such an awesome book. I truly recommend this book to others. This book reflects some of the travels I have done in my own journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/13/2014

    " I've read this little book several times. Although I am Protestant I find great spiritual inspiration in this book. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to grow spiritually. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad Henderson | 1/6/2014

    " For 15 years I have used this small book by Dutch priest and 20th century spiritual writer Henri Nouwen for my journeys through Lent. Though a relatively short book, 94 pages, each page is filled with wisdom and insight for contemporary ministry, arising from the desert spirituality of the early centuries of Christianity. Focusing on Solitude, Silence, and Prayer, Nouwen gleans the ancient ways of the monks and Church Fathers for the tools that can make our own ministry and life of faith deeper and richer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 André Zuijlen | 1/5/2014

    " An experiential account of the way our hearts work "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna St Hilaire | 12/21/2013

    " For anyone who is quickly exhausted by the mental exercise of prayer, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I needed it, and loved it proportionately. And while I read the library's copy, I now think I'll have to buy one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kolia | 11/7/2013

    " The first book I read that gave an explanation of solitude that made sense to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 9/27/2013

    " Best small book on the spiritual journey. I will read it over and over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 9/24/2013

    " Nouwen is as simple as a dove. Since his book twelve years ago on Rembrandt's painting of the Prodigal Son, I have been drawn to his writing. His work with L'Arche, his writing and his life are of one piece/peace. Humility, simplicity and love that can only come from God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Dosher | 9/24/2013

    " This was also for my wilderness and spirituality class, and it was a good book for thinking about how to slow down, and occupy the space you are in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexsis | 9/5/2013

    " This is one of the few books I have read more than once in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicki M | 7/25/2013

    " Thisis one of those books that has come along at the right time for me. Its very short but has so much depth that it definitely needs to be meditated on. I'm going to read it again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dthaase | 7/15/2013

    " If you want a wonderful, short introduction to Christian desert spirituality and the practice of silence, solitude, and prayer than this is a book to pick up. Nouwen takes the wisdom of the ancients and makes it accessible to the modern day lay person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 5/5/2013

    " A very introspective, yet practical book on silence, solitude and prayer. Quick read, but I recommend you make it a multiple read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julius | 3/23/2013

    " One of the most ispiring books I have ever read. Not only is it profound, but also clear, simple and practical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/9/2013

    " Nouwen hits another home run. This short, 95-page text guides the reader to connect with God through solitude, silence and prayer. It grew out of the inner denomination consideration of the wisdom of the Desert Fathers of the Christian church and has value even to those of other faith walks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Lafferty | 8/28/2012

    " A beautiful practical exposition on the desert fathers. Practical steps to live spiritually. Nouwen is great as usual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 8/20/2012

    " Desert Fathers. Mysticism. It tracks the pursuit of Solitude, Silence and Prayer. Pregnant with meaning and content. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 4/11/2012

    " A short book with meaningful wisdom about solitude and prayer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Vanbeek | 12/10/2011

    " An easy and quick read that, if heard well, can have a profound impact on life and ministry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Mihevc | 11/14/2011

    " Excellent book. Nouwen is a favorite writer of mine and this is one of his best. The chapters on silence and solitude informed my understanding of the origins of compassion. "

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

    " This was a beautifully heartfelt and intellectually refreshing message. I read it it one sitting, and look forward to savoring it more slowly over time. Nouwen challenges the heart and the mind in a gentle, loving, Christ-focused way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyndal | 5/24/2011

    " Thought-provoking book on solitude, silence and prayer. It offers some really good insights on all three. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginette | 4/13/2011

    " This is such a liberating, practical, gracious look at what it means to practice the spiritual disciplines of solitude, silence, and prayer. Also, most timely for where I am at in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rgauthie | 1/23/2011

    " Definitely one of his better books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 10/26/2010

    " very thought provoking. loved the ideas and thoughts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 10/12/2010

    " Be seperated from the world. Be silent. Pray always. That's the message, and it is a good one.

    There is an emotional depth missing from this book that I see in Nouwen's post-L'Arche writings, but the message is still excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/29/2010

    " You can read this book in a day - but take your time, read it in three (the three main themes) and absorb it.... it does not disspoint - and speaks strongly to ministers of faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/8/2010

    " Wonderful book. I think every pastor should read this, even though, it would be good for any follower of Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 11/19/2009

    " This book changed my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacki | 10/26/2009

    " This is the kind of book I wish every religious non-fiction book was. It packed a serious punch and did it in a put together, well thought out way.

    It wasn't even quite 80 pages long, but every word was necessary and meaningful.

    Really good, really powerful stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/9/2009

    " This book was published in 1981 and it is comforting to see the Fr Nouwen has not changed from his original thinking on the spiritual life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wade | 9/17/2009

    " A good book by Nouwen on the necessity of solitude, silence and prayer while reflecting on the lives of the Desert Monks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 6/16/2009

    " Very quick read, contemplative, great for a little silent retreat or time of solitude and reflection. Read a few times...highly recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiloh | 6/5/2009

    " A lot to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/3/2009

    " Silence, solitude and prayer are the three keys to a closer walk with the Lord. I've created silence and solitude in my daily life. It leads me to prayer. "

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