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Wounded Prophet: A Portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Roman Catholic priest, was one of the most beloved and important spiritual writers of the twentieth century. Since his death in 1996, his stature has only increased; and his books, including The Inner Voice of Love, The Wounded Healer, and The Return of the Prodigal Son, have become cherished classics. For thousands of readers around the world, Nouwen ...more
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Published February 19th 2002 by Image (first published 1999)
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This is another instance for me of the curse of Bette Davis. When you read a study or biography or reflection on the work/oeuvre/output of an individual and your admiration for their skill in their chosen field is heightened but conversely your attraction towards them as a person seems somehow lessened.

Michael Ford has written a very lucid and easy to read reflection on the amazing life and outpouring of thought of Nouwen, this man who has inspired and reinvigorated the spiritual lives and hopes
Joy Matteson
After having read at least 75% of Nouwen's incredible books, all of which have moved me immensely from one degree to another, I decided to give his post-humous biography a try. I was not disappointed--Mr. Ford tells Nouwen's life story with humility and love. He does not elevate Henri to an iconic pedestal, although many have been tempted to do so, myself included. His greatest gift was in his shared woundedness and vulnerability to others. Ironically, his closest relationships suffered from a l ...more
Though the part of this biography that probably garnered the most attention was the matter of fact statement of Nouwen's homosexuality, the greater theme of the biography was his struggle with true intimacy in human relationships. I thought that it there were interesting observations about the myriad extenuating circumstances that made this such a central problem for Nouwen: his role as a priest with its calls to 'self-availability' and celibacy, his fame and the connections that were perceived ...more
Veronica Zundel
Henri Nouwen's writings have inspired millions, but many are also aware of his internal struggles and contradictions. Ford's biography, the first word on Nouwen's life, shows us a man in love with a vision of life which he was rarely able to live in practice. For a spiritual writer, the disjunction between what one writes about and how far one lives it out, is always a source of disquiet. Yet Nouwen's very success in opening the eyes of others to a deeper experience of God, is an encouragement e ...more
This book is an intimate look at the life of Henri Nouwen, an inspirational and intriguing--but clearly tortured--person whose writings on spirituality continue to be influential. Very interesting.
Jack Kooyman
After reading this "portrait" of Nouwen and learning about some of his lifelong struggles with some of his personal demons, I gained a new appreciation for this very human person. If you're not prepared to learn about his shortcomings and struggles as a fellow brother in Christ on this earthly journey, I suggest reading it nonetheless. In many ways, Nouwen was simply another broken and sinful human in need of God's loving grace and healing. The beauty here, in my opinion, is that God chooses to ...more
Philippe Lazaro
Interesting picture painted of Nowen as a complex but endearing writer, imperfect but a true source of encouragement to those he was able to minister to. The journalistic style seemed to drag a little bit towards the middle, but a good look at an inspiring figure.
This is a nice biography of Henri Nouwen. Nouwen was a Catholic priest whose prolific writings are popular devotionals. Nouwen always struggled with finding himself and the book talks about his struggle with homosexuality, particularly at the end of his life. This is a man who had a big heart and the book does a good job of capturing his complexity.
from the heart, part unsettling but wonderful example of committment to God
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Michael Ford is a journalist and broadcaster. Before joining the BBC as a religious affairs producer, he studied theology at the University of Bristol in England. He currently resides in England, where he is pursuing a doctoral degree in Henri Nouwen's spirituality.

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