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Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety

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In this brand-new, never before published work of inspiration, the bestselling author of The Return of the Prodigal Son offers a compelling case for why Christianity is still relevant, beautiful, intelligent and necessary in the modern world.

At one of the lowest points in Henri Nouwen's life he gave a series of lectures on the importance of following Jesu
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Convergent Books
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May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been a long time fan of the works of Henri Nouwen. So many of them have meant so much to me in my own personal faith journey. So of course when I had the chance to read an early copy of some of his writings, I was thrilled. I have so many books to read so you know it’s a big deal when I’m reading a book that releases in September in May!

Following Jesus, much like his other works, is deeply thought provoking and quietly contemplative. Nouwen’s writings have the ability to make me stop and
Cathryn Conroy
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this book in March 2020 as coronavirus is rampaging around the world, changing much about our comforting daily routines. So the subtitle's reference to "an age of anxiety" seems eerily appropriate even though this book, which was published in 2019, is based on a series of six Lenten talks given by Catholic priest Henri J.M Nouwen in 1985 when he was suffering with his own personal and professional anxieties.

This will take Christians back to the basics of why we believe. It is an eas
Stephanie Paivinen
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The thing I love most about Henri Nouwen is the simplicity in his description of the spiritual life. Profound and still so accessible. I read this tiny book over 6 months: so many truths to be reminded of, to let sink in deep. A real gem.
Conrade Yap
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
We are restless people easily given to fear and driven by anxiety. In a tired world, we gravitate toward doing too much or doing nothing. How can we make sense of our calling in the midst of such a stressful and anxious culture? The simple words of Jesus beckon us: "Follow Me." This is the main idea in this small book about discipleship and spirituality. More important than simply finding a solution to be less anxious or stressful, we are gently encouraged to look to Jesus at every step of the w ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was... okay. It felt cobbled together from the Nouwen archives and did not overtly speak to anxiety. One would have to read into the material and ask, “Okay, now that I’ve read this portion, how does it answer the anxious needs and thoughts I have?”

It’s a short book and is probably most useful when each chapter is given space and time to breathe into you. I will probably go back and read it again when I have gaps of time to ruminate on it.
This small book is the transcription of a series of talks Nouwen gave in 1985 having finished a 2 year missional assignment in Peru. He was now at Harvard and struggling with the competitive nature of the esteemed university. Accordingly, Nouwen was effectively preaching to himself as he grappled with his anxiety. It wasn't long before he came to realise that the Lord was leading him to another vocation, one that took him to work with one of his heroes, Jean Vanier.

This is a gorgeously written b
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very supportive book for our Christian journey and and a closer walk with God in living faith day by day
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Following Jesus by Henri Nouwen is destined to be a Christian classic. It is simple . . . profound . . . and life-changing. Highly recommended.

“Are you following Jesus? I want you to look at yourself and ask that question. Are you a follower? Am I?” With those words, Fr. Henri Nouwen began a series of six talks presented during Lent 1985 on following Jesus. These never-before published talks were deftly transcribed and faithfully edited by Nouwen archivist and scholar Gabrielle Earnshaw into th
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you have been fortunate enough to have read any books by Henri J.M. Nouwen, then you know that any book you read enters your heart and changes you in some intrinsic way. Following Jesus (Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety) is no different. If I had to sum up the entire book in one word, that word would be love. The love that the Father and Son have for one another (The Holy Spirit), the love that is given to us by Christ and the love that we as followers of Christ are called to share w ...more
Romi Sigma
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My father introduced me to Henri Nouwen a few years ago when he gave me a copy of The Return Of The Prodigal Son. I liked Nouwen's simple yet profound reasoning in that book, and Following Jesus is no different. I appreciate that.

Nouwen’s desire with this book (which is a compilation of talks he gave) is to plant a seed in our hearts that will lead to a change in the way we live. What a beautiful purpose!
I'm not sure about all of his interpretation, but with books like this one, I prefer to sim
Create With Joy
Are you a follower of Jesus Christ? According to Henri Nouwen, the popular priest, author and theologian who passed away in 1996, "often we are more wanderers than followers" - but when we hear and respond to the voice of Jesus - the voice of love - the voice that beckons us to follow Him, just as clearly as He beckoned His disciples to follow Him 2000 years ago when He walked on our planet, we can finally cease our restless wanderings and settle into a life of joyful following.

This is the premi
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read prayers and articles by Henri Nouwen, but this is the first full length book I've read by him. I went into this expecting wisdom and practical guidance for living and I was not disappointed..The book was full of advice about how to have a joyful life and thrive in the midst of pain. I read this book over a month ago and I'm still reflecting on the following observation, "Joy is not some kind of happy medium between rootlessness and routine. It is not that. Joy is not a momentary vacati ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always look forward to reading a book by Henri J.M. Nouwen. The depth of his knowledge and faith, the gentleness of his prose, the simplistic yet profound way he has of reframing and explaining concepts always make for an enjoyable, instructive and thought-provoking read.

Following Jesus: Finding Purpose and Direction in Uncertain Times checks off all of those boxes. Nouwen shows us how to handle the difficult situations and times in our lives by following Jesus, explaining what that entails an
Michelle Kidwell
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Following Jesus
Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety

by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Crown Publishing

Convergent Books


Pub Date 17 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Following Jesus through Crown Publishing/Convergent Books and Netgalley:

Henri Nouwen gave a series of lectures on the importance of following Jesus, and leaning on him in the age of anxiety, these lectures came at one of the lowest points of his life. During that difficult time Nouwen remained faithful to God and to the teachings of Je
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Henri Nouwen is a solid writer and I have never really read anything of his that I did not savor. I was so excited for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Following Jesus. The timing of this book was perfect as so many things in my life were uncertain. I know to trust Him and turn to Him. What I really appreciated is the way Henri caused me to slow down, think, pray and return to very simple roots. I especially love the section on Practicing Presence and Prayer. He offered a great perspe ...more
John Dobbs
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-life
First, it's Henri Nouwen - pretty much an automatic five star rating (I've never been disappointed yet!). Second, the subtitle: Finding our way home in an age of anxiety. 2020 has been quite an age of anxiety for everyone. This book was published in 2019 (Nouwen died in 1996). It was transcribed from a series of messages, his notes, and a similar talk given a few months later. The content follows some statements of Jesus and wades through the thoughts surrounding them. Statements like, "Come and ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite authors, thinkers, contemplatives....this book, compiled from notes and recordings of a series of lectures given at what those who knew him best considered to be the low point of his spiritual life, take a hard, an oh-so-real look at the issues surrounding one's decision to walk in the footsteps of Christ. It challenges, encourages, clarifies, and ultimately draws you into a path that is nothing like they taught you in Sunday School.

Simultaneously the simplest and most complex
Kimberly-Dawn Quinn
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-list
I love Henri Nouwen so with that said I was disappointed that this book seemed to be cobbled together without deeper and more thoughtful content I am used to from the author. Apart from the obvious (that the author is resting in peace) the author-editor3 who pulled either the writings or messages together did not do Henri Nouwen the justice he deserves. I felt like I was getting random snippets instead of ruminations that didn't come to fruition. I was really looking forward to reading something ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love all of Henri Nouwen's books - they are simple, convicting and powerful. This book - based on a series of talks he did - is no exception. I loved the way he talked about following Jesus based out of the New Testament narrative and the Gospels. This is a beautiful, simple read full of convicting truth and challenges! It is the kind of book I will come back to over and over to get the full depth of. ...more
Laura Victoria
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Henri Nouwen book and definitely won’t be my last. It came from a collection of talks he did at a university. It was a very powerful read. A lot of things that deal directly with living with and loving God through seasons of high anxiety. Some that if you’ve grown up in church before you may have heard before. With others that are definitely a smack in the forehead with how simple and yet profound they are. Definitely recommend!
Andy Todd
Nouwen died in 1996 but his writing is in a modern vein of spiritual self-help (suggesting it owes much to the editor). There are many interesting ideas and thoughts which have a linking theme of considerable vintage, at least back to the wisdom literature in the Hebrew Bible, which is to give everything up to God, stop planning, fretting and worrying and live life today, for today. It's a popular message in the New Age of mindfulness and spirit. ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
When I began reading this book, I didn't see the subtitle (Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety), so I didn't expect the book to address anxiety and therefore wasn't disappointed. I thought the topics, although profound, were explained in a simple-to-understand way. There was a lot to think about presented in this short book, and I know I'll be returning to it in the future. ...more
Sally Carignan
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very compelling book by a very spiritual man

You will never regret ready this wonderful book compiled by an editor who understand stood Father Nouwen. He put very deep and spiritual observations in a way that any person searching for a better understanding of spiritual life can understand. His thoughts hopefully will stay with me for the rest of my life. A must read.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a new publication of Henri Nouwen's which is based on a series of lectures he gave during a time of anxiety. Nouwen does not really take on anxiety in a direct way, but rather though theological insights, personal stories, and spiritual practices he creates a fresh and detailed picture of an intimate and trustworthy God who can help with our anxieties amidst uncertainty. ...more
Gay Ann
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This book is written about Jesus' love from Henri Nouwen's lectures, giving the reader encouragement and wisdom. Fr. Richard Rohr from the Center for Action and Contemplation states that this author, "will be your friend, if he is not already." ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While the subtitle talks about "an age of anxiety", this is classic Nouwen, filled with wisdom for any age. His focus is clear, his writing is both simple and profound. I found myself highlighting long paragraphs. This is a book to reread and ponder. ...more
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following Jesus

I’m a longtime follower of Henri Nouwen and he is a great spiritual guide. This book speaks to the reader and feels as if Henri was speaking to you, moreover it feels as if the Holy Spirit is directly communicating with you.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nouwen can be needy yet at the same time I often need Nouwen.

I know now who he is really clinging to and searching for and for whom I'm searching in his words and books. It's simply one person, perhaps in three: Christ.

Merci Henri, for indeed helping me find my way back home.
Zoe Tan
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Henri Nouwen books always hit home. This was especially timely, given the COVID pandemic. I especially liked the last 2 chapters on how joy is tied to the cross, and how the gift of the Holy Spirit is so intimate, as it is literally God living and breathing in our lives. God with us, Emmanuel.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nouwen’s words about the benefits of a spiritual life in the midst of anxiety could not be more prescient. He rightly points out that we tend to vacillate between frenetic behavior and inertia without a spiritual path guiding us to another way of being.
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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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“Even people who are immensely praised and have made an enormous amount of money, who have awards, success, and applause, can be deeply depressed. If you get closer and you prick the balloon, you realize they are just as insecure as everyone else. Underneath all that wealth, all that success, and all that praise, they are still a little person who asks, “Do you love me?”

Nouwen, Henri J. M.. Following Jesus (p. 53). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.”
“You don't think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.”

― Henry Nouwen”
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