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The Dance of Life: Weaving Sorrows and Blessings Into One Joyful Step

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In this new anthology, Michael Andrew Ford gathers Henri J.M. Nouwen's selections that encourage us to embrace our imperfections and find the transforming power of God at work within them. Spiritual refreshment and guidance through the darkness, loneliness, and turmoil of life's challenges. ...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Ave Maria Press (first published 2005)
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Arna Mountain
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A devotional book that has depth. Nouwen leaves you pondering great questions of faith without shattering your faith but rather driving you more into the heart of God. Its one book that should stay on my shelf to be meditated on often.
Christine
May 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Now, I have read Nouwen before and really loved it (Return of the Prodigal Son plus another one or two). I received this book for Christmas (though I blame myself since it was on my Amazon list). I did not realize this was an edited book with blurbs from his many different books and diaries. To be quite honest, for such a short book, it was extremely difficult to get through. It felt like reading a recipe book. Characterized by subject, you read 10 excerpts about going home (dying), similar to h ...more
Amy
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
My attention kept wandering when reading this book. Normally I love Nouwen's writing, but I didn't connect with this one.

Perhaps it was because this book is a collection of passages from his other books, and a paragraph or two isn't enough to pull me in. I don't know. Maybe if I read it again at another time I'd connect to it...
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Kit
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I love this book (despite the slightly cheesy title). Nouwen's psychological training informs his very down-to-earth spiritual writing, and this is a great format - an anthology of excerpts arranged by theme. The great message of God's love shines through every page. It's a wonderful book to read a little at a time. ...more
Eric Toribio
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this book really helpful. It addressed a lot of things about pain, sorrow, darkness, and other negative emotions and gives good advice about overcoming them and finding life.
Margaret
I may have to read more of his books, but for now, this has lovely short excerpts from many of his other books. Easy to pick up and find a short but powerful gem.
Allie
Jul 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
I absolutely love Henri Nouwen, but I completely distain how some publishers have pulled together bits & pieces of what he wrote or said to compile a new book by Nouwen post humus.
Randy Elrod
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mystical and provocative.
Stephen
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Read JUN 2007

Excellent edited collection of Henri Nouwen's works. Good way to identify individual titles you may want to dig into deeper.
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James
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Awesome. Comforting. Guiding.
Katherine
Really helpful during some of my darkest days. I like the concept of weaving the joy and the pain together, and these excerpts from Nouwen's other works all touch on this idea. ...more
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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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