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The Wounded Healer by Henri J.M. Nouwen
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Jun 23, 2008

really liked it
Read in June, 2008

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, life stemming from the ultimate in wounded healers, Jesus Christ.

The mystical and revolutionary section was a dialectic I'd not seen before. A dialectice fused together and transcended in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. I've been wary of those two sides myself, but have seen merit in them also, so I can imagine the fusion to be beneficial.

The idea of backing off inside yourself to make room for hospitality toward others is a thought-provoking close-relative of the kenosis idea--self-emptying for other's sake.

I appreciated the concision of this one. The focus on ministers helped too. :)

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