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The Way of the Heart by Henri J.M. Nouwen
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Dec 19, 2011

it was amazing

The Way of the Heart is Henri Nouwen's classic work on the Desert Fathers. The late Nouwen was an influential Catholic priest who left his post to care for a bed-ridden man who would never speak, eat, or walk.

In this book, Nouwen draws upon the wisdom of early monastic Christians. From their writings and lives, he illuminates three essential pillars of their faith--solitude, silence, and prayer.

This is a short work, less than one hundred pages, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. Nouwen is able to interweave our modern world with that of the Desert Fathers, making their isolated ways seem possible in our busy world.

This is a great book to take for a weekend camping trip or a just a quiet day at home. It's a good book for reflection and takes some time to soak in.

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