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Love in a Fearful Land: A Guatemalan Story

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This is Henri Nouwen's personal account of a pilgrimage to Santiago Atitlan, a Mayan town in the highlands of Guatemala. It was there that an American priest, Father Stanley Rother, was murdered by a death squad in the parish where he served.

In traveling to Santiago Nouwen hoped to learn more about this modern martyr about the faith that drew him there, and the love that
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Published August 1st 1985 by Ave Maria Pr
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Sep 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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“We diocesan priests have lost our historical sense. If Stan (Fr. Rother) had been a Jesuit, twenty books would have been written about him by now.” -Fr. John Vesey to his fellow priests during a Tulsa-Oklahoma City clergy week 5 June 1984

Love In A Fearful Land was the first biography I read about Father Stanley Rother after my initial pilgrimage in 2009 to Okarche, OK, his hometown, a little farming town along highway 3. Since then I’ve returned to Okarche every year on the anniversary of Fath
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Beth Peninger
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is another book I am reading "along" with my friend taking classes in spiritual formation (or something like that). In fact, this book was part of the class reading list because her class culminated this particular session by taking a trip to Guatemala - she's just returned. Anyway.
On July 28, 1981 Father Stanley Rother was assassinated in his parish, Santiago Atitlan Guatemala. He had been a part of the community for 13 years and refused to leave them as violence in the area increased and
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Jimmy
Not Nouwen's best work. It's a very simple reflection, almost like a prayer diary, of a trip Nouwen took to visit a fellow priest-friend in Guatemala. It's a bit hagiographic, repetitive, and not very theologically provocative. The very last chapter of this book, and epilogue of sorts, written by the priest-friend himself upon the book's reissue some years after Nouwen's death, does more to explain some of the limitations of the book. Apparently, Nouwen wrote this book during a period of great a ...more
David
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Simple and challenging true-life account of two priests who worked in (in succession) a rough village in Guatemala during those times when US-backed death squads were carrying out their foul work. Very different kind of book than I've read from Nouwen before, but worth a look, especially as yet another reminder of how deceived I was (and so many US Christians were) about US foreign policy and its horrific disconnect from morality and goodness in the 20th century, especially in Latin America. I w ...more
Anita
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This short and simple book tells the compelling story of the martyr Father Stan Rother, killed by government forces in the rectory of the parish he served for 13 years in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. The 30th anniversary of his death is approaching on July 28, 2011. I recently visited Santiago Atitlan and its beautiful parish, along with the Parque de la Paz (Park for Peace) built by the community, which has a monument for Father Stan, along with a catechist and a community leader who were also ...more
Ce
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Stan Rother es un mártir de nuestro tiempo, en cuya actitud la frase "Donde hay AMOR, no hay temor" se hacen una realidad tangible. Nouwen tuvo un don con las letras y palabras. Dios sabe que estoy profundamente agradecida con esta realidad, ya que a través de sus libros puedo no sólo conocer más sobre otros que dan su vida por el Amor, pero también son libros que me dejan mucho material para reflexionar y meditar en el silencio de mi corazón y cómo puedo dejar mi pereza espiritual para realment ...more
Stephanie
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Disappointing, to anyone who loves both Nouwen and Guatemala. The story of Father Stan Rother is undeniably important, as much as Oscar Romero. But this book reads more as personal sentiment than compelling narrative.
Alison
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in latin america
Incredible story about a priest from Oklahoma who lived in Santiago for many years and loved the people there. It is the story of how he was martyred. I think everyone should read this book that way they can understand the struggles that other people go through in other countries.
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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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