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Letters to Marc About Jesus: Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World

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A profound and beautiful collection of intimate writings, Henry J.M. Nouwen’s Letters to Marc About Jesus recalls the author’s correspondences with his teenage nephew, a boy struggling with issues of faith and spirituality in an apathetic age. The much-beloved author of The Wound
Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by HarperOne (first published November 2nd 1988)
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Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Henri Nouwen never disappoints those who are seeking a deeper relationship with God. In this book of letters to Marc, the way to life in Him is practically presented in a way that points to the benefits, albeit difficult, and joys of trust in God.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed his perspective, and look forward to reading his more traditionally written books.
Sam B
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great stuff. Simply presented personal insight into the character of Christ. Re-read for sure.
Kristian Kilgore
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Henri Nouwen has a different way of thinking. His decision to leave his career as a university professor in favor of working with the mentally handicapped is, perhaps, the best illustration to paint a picture of this intriguing man.

He was, it seems, a man who sought after God, and for that alone it is worth giving his words an opportunity to help inform us on our own journey. He saw life through a lens of beauty that I have an easier time admiring than emulating, but it is for this very reason
Amos Smith
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. When Nouwen writes about Jesus there is a deeply felt intimacy. Nouwen's words about Jesus come from the heart. Nouwen is someone who follows Jesus with deep devotion and this comes through in the text. I like that these are actual letters in a mentoring relationship. We need more mentors like Nouwen to steer us toward the liberating inclusive love of the sacred heart of God (Jesus).
-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots)
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Nouwen's literally style didn't blow me away, but his intimate reconstruction of the most pivotal aspects of Christianity through letters to his nephew was enlightening. Nouwen clearly has an intimacy with the Holy Spirit and a deep friendship with the Son of Man. These letters reflect his continued search for Christ and his encouragement of his nephew to do the same.
Doutor Branco
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This is one of the most simple book I ever read from Henry Nouwen. Well, it is a collection of letters and for this reason doesn't have the structure of a book, nevertheless it is a book of love for Christ and for Henry's nephew. There are some very interesting spiritual points to learn and apply.
Devan M
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
A nice, short read. Nouwen is a good author and a really great thinker; brings lots of interesting points to light. Would definitely recommend this book.
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