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With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life

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Nouwen uses the story of the disciples on their way to Emmaus to offer us a richer understanding of the Eucharist. We discover that the journey of these two disciples is one we are all called to share. As we travel with them from mourning to discernment, from invitation to intimacy, and from community to going forth to witness, we realize that what we are celebrating and w ...more
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Published May 1st 2005 by Franciscan Media (first published 1994)
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Wilhelmina Jenkins
This short, moving, beautifully illustrated book was suggested to me by someone who knew how much I love Nouwen's books. I began reading it during Lent, but I quickly realized that it is a perfect book for the 50-day Easter season. Nouwen uses the story in the Gospel of Luke about Jesus' post-resurrection encounter with two disciples on the road to Emmaus as they moved from despair to their reunion with Jesus to spreading the Good News. Nouwen shows how, through the Eucharist, we take a similar ...more
Lisa
This was a beautifully written book and a profound exposition on communion. It has radically altered my view of this sacrament mostly through broadening the scope of its meaning to my faith. This takes the routine of communion and raises it in my heart to the level it deserves. Nouwen is not only poetic in his language but also points to deeper implications than I have never heard anyone explain. And it matters not that he is Catholic, if you are Protestant, because he espouses universal truths ...more
Julie
Jan 21, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
If you really want to understand what the holy mass in the Catholic church is all about -- read this book with an open heart and a time of prayer before the Lord.

Peace!
Jules
Audrey
The name Henri Nouwen isn't new to me, but this is my first book of his. I have to admit that, even though I've read quite a few books explaining the Mass theologically, I still do not have a clear idea of how to bring the Eucharist into my everyday life. In other words, what does it really mean by living the Eucharistic life. Henri Nouwen answered my question.

Henri used the two disciples' journey to Emmaus from Jerusalem after Jesus' Crucifixion to narrate the Eucharistic experience they had -
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Eileen
Written around “the road to Emmaus” story in Luke 24, Nouwen takes us through a series of 5 steps representing the Christian life: mourning our losses, discerning the presence, inviting the stranger, entering into communion, and going on a mission. Perhaps also a recurring cycle in our lives. (Probably only amazing to me, but I had a real breakthrough in my understanding of dark night and stepping up to the next challenge in my life. Thank you, Henri.)
Longfellow
I've said this before, but it remains true: I also seem to pick up Nouwen at the right time. This little book (less than 100 pages) doesn't offer any new big ideas to those already familiar with Henri Nouwen, but it does offer a different perspective on the themes discussed in detail in Life of the Beloved: we are Taken, Blessed, Broken, and Given, just as Christ himself was and as is symbolized in the Eucharist.

The reality of our losses, the gift of God's love, and our response of gratitude ar
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Rob Petersen
A short but excellent work by Nouwen expressing his reflections on the story found in Luke 24 about the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Even a Protestant like me found great value in Nouwen's interaction with Luke's concluding story of table fellowship between Jesus and his followers.
Jeff
This reads like a long sermon. Nouwen provides his own meditations on the Road to Emmaus story from Luke and expounds on the concept of the Eucharist.

There is some good stuff here. It reads very poetic-like. However, there is no great revelation to be found.
Heather
Wonderful. It is so fantastic to have strong people of God write simple meditations on scripture. This is not mere exposition, nor is it fully emotional. It is a good mix of the two, reminding the Christian what it means to live a life symbolized by the Eucharist, and everything it entails, as demonstrated in the story of the men on the road to Emmaus. It was a good meditation to read, one a day, for about a week, and soak in. Good for devotional, or a good reminder of how much bigger life is th ...more
Branimir
I like the book because Nouwen focuses on what is really important and in a simple manner shows us that the Eucharist has to reflect in our lives or otherwise is not what it is supposed to be.
Susannah
A great look at living a life of gratitude filled by the Spirit at the table. He calls us to begin with communion to live in community and to live out mission!
Jan
A nice read. Takes a simple, often overlooked story from the New Testament and draws so much meaning out of it. It's about gratitude.
Jimmy Locklear
More than I hoped for on the road to Emmaus, communion, solitude, intimacy with Jesus and the life of gratitude. Will read again.
Laurel
This book is real meat. If you want to put some life back into communion, read this book.
Kathryn
Gives new meanings to the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus
Mary
Perfect book to read right after Easter.
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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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