Henri J.M Nouwen – A Spirituality of Living

What’s the secret to living a spiritual life? So much is happening in our world that we often get distracted and listen to voices other than the voice of God. In The Henri Nouwen Spirituality Series, A Spirituality of Living is a short (only 64 pages), but rich booklet by Henri Nouwen on discipline and discipleship, edited by John S. Mogabgab. The Dutch author identifies three main disciplines: solitude, community and ministry. It’s not important to do or don’t do things, it al starts with being in fellowship with God and others. Nouwen draws his lessons from Jesus Christ’s examples in the Gospels. In solitude you can pray, and have communion with God. Listening instead of talking and walking. In community you can extend grace by forgiving others and receiving forgiveness and celebration of blessings and each other.

Ministry isn’t something to perform, but to trust. Gratitude is important here, as is compassion. Nouwen shares from his beloved painters, Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh and his own personal experiences in the Daybreak Community. The result is a fruitful, Spirit-filled life.