Yang Terluka Yang Menyembuhkan: Pelayanan dalam Masyarakat Modern
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Yang Terluka Yang Menyembuhkan: Pelayanan dalam Masyarakat Modern

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The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparin...more
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Published 1993 by Penerbit Kanisius (first published 1972)
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Mar 24, 2008 Susie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone willing to wrestle with the truth
Shelves: nonfiction
I set out to read Henri Nouwen's 100 page book thinking I would finish it in a few days. Instead, as always with Nouwen, it took me several weeks to read. Every time I picked it up I found myself flipping back through my previous reading, and every time I set it down I found myself spending days processing the few pages I just completed.

Nouwen is, at heart, a philosopher and a psychologist and his writing is organized according to a logical formula. Some may struggle against that structure or w...more
I read this years and years ago. It changed my life.
Tom Emanuel
I came to Henri Nouwen on the recommendation of Fred Rogers, and I was not disappointed. This slim volume is somewhat dated (I was pleasantly surprised to see two King Crimson songs quoted in the second essay, for instance), but its central message is timeless: that the very experiences that wound us most deeply are also those from which we can draw the greatest strength. Nouwen does not romanticize suffering; it is not suffering itself that is beautiful, but rather what human beings can do with...more
I don't know that Nouwen was quite clear on what he was writing as he put his words onto paper. The mood of loneliness comes through clearly, and there is an insightful analysis of "nuclear man" (which is awfully close to what we would characterize as postmodern today). Nouwen includes a chapter that is kind of a case study of a conversation between a hospital chaplain (in training) and a man with fears about a pending operation, and he analyzes ways that there could (and should) have been conne...more
Rebekah Choat

Nouwen opens with a description of “nuclear man,” the modern man who is forced to see that mankind's creative powers have reached a point where they hold the potential for imminent self-destruction. Nuclear man is further characterized by a historical dislocation, a fragmented ideology, and a search for immortality. Though originally intended to portray the youth coming of age at the time of the book's first publication in 1972, it is perhaps an even more accurate representation of the g...more
Enjoyed the second half of the book more than the slower-paced first half. Henri made some thought-provoking assertions and insights that continue to be sources of contemplation and reflection as I learn what it means to be a minister of the Gospel of Jesus. Probably the biggest thing that jumps out at me as I think about what I just read is his point that we, like Jesus, are called to use our individual wounds to assist in authentically helping heal others' wounds. His thoughts brought me to th...more
You can never go wrong with Nouwen - one of his best! Read it during undergrad. His key thesis is directed at those who find themselves discouraged with long-established methodology. His advice, go deeper and identify the suffering in your own life and minister from this place of vulnerability. The result: intimacy, wholeness and healing to others through mutual identification. Each individual instinctively is in a search for immortality and he discloses the various ways in which godlessness tri...more
The book looked like a quick read due to its brief ~100 page-length, but this was deceptive. I feel Nouwen's message in the first half of the book, while still relevant, represents the society and culture of my parents' generation. "We have lost faith in technology," he writes. This is the opposite of the truth for Generation Y (and whatever the subsequent generations have been labeled). My peers put faith in little beyond science and technology. Writing in 1972, Nouwen perhaps saw an age that u...more
I can honestly say that this book has changed my way of thinking, and is beginning to change my life too. The whole premise is that ministry is entering into the suffering of others, and baring your own soul as well, so that together you can find healing. I want to be this person; not just surfacey concern, but real, personal, heart-felt sympathy and compassion for my fellow man. We're all in the same predicament of life and death and suffering... and I happen to know the answer- it's the love a...more
Peter Thurley
A useful reminder that the painful and lonely life is often the best way within which to help and love others. How can we truly minister to or walk alongside others if we are not willing to be open to our own angst?

Written in the late 70's, the descriptions of a new generation are both bang on and way off. That being said, the solutions being offered by Nouwen are just as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.

It's a short read - if you're in Christian ministry, or even if you want to learn h...more
Basically, this seems geared to ministers in spritual direction. It was good for me too as we are all ministers to each other at times. It's tricky as the old systems don't seem to be comforting to younger people. I'm not young but in many ways I can see why. What this book offers is a way to God in the moment. It was very helpful to me to read a real-life pastoral visit and how it might have been better done for both the minister and for the person who died in surgery. Once again, compassion is...more
The book, The Wounded Healer, challenges each reader to step up and make a difference in the world. The idea of change happening one person at a time is the theme of this book. It was an encouraging read; knowing that the impact I have in this world does matter. We are all broken people and it is through recognizing this brokenness that we begin to find healing. I appreciated Nouwen’s plea to rise up and reach out to our hurting world. As a Christian we have been commissioned to go out and be th...more
Written in 1972, this book is considered to be one of the 'classics' of 20th century Christian writing and theology. It has been nearly 20 years, however, since I read it. So, I decided to pull it out again and read it with fresh eyes.

Certainly the use of non-inclusive language hit me right away - times do change. But moving beyond this shortcoming, it was a treat to read Nouwen's insights anew. There were many powerful insights in this brief little book. I put a few of my favorite quotes below:...more
What can I say? Henri Nouwen has so much insight into what it means to be a minister in the heart of the world...to hold out the light of hope in a world full of darkness. Just amazing. Real. Challenging. Nouwen is all about facing your fears, anxiety, loneliness, and channeling it into service for others. TRUE PRIEST STATUS! #love
Oct 10, 2007 Ryan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
This is the book that I go to when I am in need of a spiritual pick me up. I often find myself referring back to this book when I am being pastoral and encounter a situation in need of tremendous insight.

It is foundational to my understanding of call.
First of all, not many get five stars. However, there was no hesitation here. If I could have given the book seven stars, I would have. Nouwen is especially gifted at a simple writing style that offers a punch in the throat. In other words, he gets the reader's attention.

What does ministry look like in a broken world among broken people? Nouwen sets out to answer the question and does quite well. The only objection I have to this great book is Nouwen's premise of the minister not sharing their o...more
Quincy Miller
I'm not sure if I ever would have purchased this book, but my wife, who doesn't really even read much on religious topics, grabbed it from the shelf where I was shopping, read one page, said, "Wow," then purchased it. A couple of days go by, and the book is just sitting on a table when, at last, curiosity got the best of me. I realize now that this was none other than the Hand of God speaking directly to my life (sign language?) in the most perfect phrasing and timing possible, based on my curre...more
Presently reading this mature and intimate communion with Christ kind of book. Three concepts strike me so far...free space, hospitality and openness. I think I'm falling in love with this guy!
While written over 30 years ago, Mr. Nouwen's insights into how to effectively minister in today's society are still very relevant. Highly recommended!
Deb Ash
Awesome book ... practical, earthy, heart-forming writings in standard Nouwen style.
Benjamin Vineyard
Presence is an art. It can't be forced, it can't be graded, it simply has to come out and become what it is.

Nouwen's The Wounded Healer is a conversation in being present. I felt him say that this art of being present is kindled by living and owning our own story, our story riddled with brokenness. So often we hear that we shouldn't show our faults, our struggles. And for the many who desire to draw a crowd around themselves (or something called "their ministry"), showing fault and struggle doe...more

This is my 3rd visit to this classic and it won't be my last.
Written in 1979, it is probably better understood and more relevant today than then, for the simple reason of our everyday experiences; the brokenness and dysfunction of our world today impinges upon everyone's life in one way or another, and we are also more used to living with contradiction and paradox; a world village that is searching for community, an inclusive nation state that births lonely, depressed or suicidal citizens, the r...more
Nathan Good
At the very beginning I completely disagreed with the ideas that Nouwen presented in this book. It seemed that everything that he said was distorted. Looking back on it now, I think that he did a very good job of describing the human condition, but I think that the theories he presents as to how humanity got there are a little off. But, after I got past his theories concerning the “nuclear man” and about the ways in which man searches for immortality I started to actually agree with what he was...more
This book written in 1972 fairly uncannily predicted what today is known as post-modernism and described how being a healer (minister) to this generation would require a new approach. The book seems to suffer from some over-generalizations but still offers wise insights.

Nouwen argues that for those who live in a nuclear age that hope is lost amidst destruction, injustice, and the complexities of the world. To escape this people tend to either turn inward to mysticism or outward as a revolutiona...more
While down in Ft. Lauderdale at the SE Calvary Chapel Pastor’s conference, I stayed at my buddy’s condo on the beach. Eleven floors up with a view of the ocean. Thanks, Kelly.

I had some time of solitude to reflect and read while I was there. I finally finished The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen (can somebody tell me how to pronounce that?). It’s a great little book. It’s only about 100 pages. A quick read for most people, but it took me about three weeks. I first heard about it over on Bob Fanq...more
I can't believe I made it through seven years of higher education in religious and theological studies without reading anything by Nouwen. They shouldn't have given me my diploma. So it's time I got around to him!

Before I read this book, I had a hunch about things like suffering and wholeness. They had to be connected somehow. Nouwen articulates and draws out those realities, draws them into the Christian story, and leaves us with hope in the end.

It did not take me very long at all to figure out...more
I have certainly suffered, and I understand the idea that my suffering can help me empathize with others’ suffering. But for me this is not so that I can bring myself into the encounter as a representative of a suffering God, which is Nouwen's paradigm. I was so relieved to read in a chapter in Dayle Friedman’s book (Jewish Pastoral Care) by Rabbi Israel Kestenbaum that
"Nouwen’s paradigm is compelling…..However Nouwen’s image of the wounded healer is not a Jewish one. The Christian tradition ha...more
Mary Katherine McMullen
I think this is the first book that I have read that has brought me closer to accepting my own woundedness as a positive part of my life while recognizing that what lies within my wounds comes the power to help others with theirs. The passivity of victimization that has plagued my existence has provided many years of escape from the realities of love and life; without having read this book and rereading this book, I don't think that I have been able to continue fighting through the draw to passi...more
This is a pretty quick read. I think I read it too quickly.

Very valuable and interesting, very good for chaplains or ministers of any kind - which means just about anybody.

I think the Spirit may be working in my reading order...I just read 'On Becoming A Person' by Rogers and then this book, which refers to 'On Becoming...' a couple times.

I enjoyed the title idea, which is a calling for all of us to minister to our neighbors acquaintances etc. using our own understanding of our own wounds, lif...more
Heather Tomlinson

This is a small book that reflects on how we can minister to others in modern culture. Half of the book is an analysis of the culture, bearing in mind it was written in the 70s. Much of what is said is relevant to today though.
Nouwen paints a portrait of ministry today, in bearing others' wounds, listening, and showing genuine concern.
It's probably only of significant interest to those who are already involved in personal ministry of some kind, but there are some useful gems inside it.
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Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (Nouen), (1932–1996) was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life.

Nouwen's books are widely read today by Protestants and Catholics alike. The Wounded Healer, In the Name of Jesus, Clowning in Rome, The Life of the Beloved, and The Way of the Heart are just a few of the more widely recognized titles. After nearly two decades of...more
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