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Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of His Final Year

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This final work from Henri J.M. Nouwen, one of the great spiritual writers of our time, is the published version of the journal he kept in the final year of his life during a sabbatical from l'Arche Daybreak community in Toronto.
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Crossroad Publishing Company (first published August 1st 1998)
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Apr 13, 2010 D rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of L'Arche, Nouwen, and gentle introspection
Recommended to D by: the bookshelf at Dayspring
I picked up this diary of the last year of Henri Nouwen's life while on a weekend-long silent retreat in the countryside, just as spring was breaking through. Though I didn't have the opportunity to finish it before I had to return home, Nouwen's daily reflections were excellent company to a quiet, introspective, expectant mood. I wish particularly that I'd gotten more of a chance to read his reflections on homosexuality and the Catholic Church. I will say that seeing his busy, full daily schedu ...more
Rebekah Choat
From September 1995 through August 1996, Henri Nouwen was on sabbatical from his position as pastor of L’Arche Daybreak, the community of mentally handicapped people with whom he shared the last decade of his life. The perceived purpose of the time off was to focus on his writing in solitude; however, as the journal reveals, he also spent much time ministering to and being ministered to by friends, acquaintances, and family members during this year.

In this candid chronicling of events and his f
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Beckabooks
From September 1995 through August 1996, Henri Nouwen was on sabbatical from his position as pastor of L’Arche Daybreak, the community of mentally handicapped people with whom he shared the last decade of his life. The perceived purpose of the time off was to focus on his writing in solitude; however, as the journal reveals, he also spent much time ministering to and being ministered to by friends, acquaintances, and family members during this year.

In this candid chronicling of events and his f
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Melanie
This is Henri Nouwen's journal during the year leading up to his death, published posthumously by his friends. It is interesting to see inside his head in the months, weeks, days prior to his end, and the fact that these words were his last adds an extra sense of profundity to everything he wrote. Much of the content covers mundane events of his sabbatical year, but as with his other books, there are also insightful gems that make it worth the read.
Josh Luton


An intimate look into Nouwen's life. This book is a journal published after Nouwen's death and if you are looking for groundbreaking theological insights on every page then you would do well to look elsewhere. However, Nouwen's honesty and candor about the difficulty of living the life of faith in the day to day was extremely compelling. The journal depicts the life of a man seeking to live out his faith, embrace others on the journey, and write for the up building of the kingdom. I was struck
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Peggy Lo
It's comforting to know that someone who wrote so many religious and spiritual books still struggled sometimes with depression, relationships, vocation, and how to live out his faith. It's encouraging to read about how he thinks through and deals with those issues. I've been reading religious books that talks about actively practicing religion but this goes farther because you can see how one person lives it day in and day out through the course of a year.

I read Return of the Prodigal Son about
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Elizabeth
it was good to read from a Catholic background yet quite evangelical as well. I was a bit shocked by his liberalism and engaging in marrying homosexuals and lesbians but oh well....the catholics are trying to be "tolerant"...
aside from that i enjoyed reading his whole year diary knowing that in the end he was going to die which he didn't know but i did :) His style of writing is very readable
Frank
Lots of words that didn't inspire me too much. Worth considering as an antidote to celebrity and pompousness due to too much education or success. However, the serum isn't fully understood or enunciated.
Mandi
Not my favorite Henri Nouwen book. It is about his daily life as opposed to a focused idea that he is speaking about and I think the reality of this destroyed some of his hero qualities for me.
Suhail
I liked it better than the Return of the prodigal son. Less assuming, more authentic.
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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
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