Books To Get You Started

Henri Nouwen Books

About Henri Nouwen’s Writing

In the preface to his groundbreaking book, The Holy Longing, (Doubleday, 1999) Ronald Rolheiser refers to Henri Nouwen as “the spiritual writer who most influenced our generation.” Dedicating his book to Nouwen, Rolheiser refers to him as “our generation’s Kierkegaard,” summing up the special appeal in his writings and lectures that drew so many readers and seekers:

The Return Of The Prodigal Son

A Story of Homecoming Exhausted from a six-week lecture tour across the U.S. in 1983, Nouwen seeks rest in the L’Arche community…read more

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Reaching Out

The Three Movements Of The Spiritual Life Nouwen gives his own evaluation of one of his best selling books: “This book is…read more

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With Open Hands

Originally trans. from the Dutch, Met Open Handen, Ave Maria, 1972) Nouwen has updated the entire text to reflect the changes in…read more

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In the Name of Jesus

Reflections On Christian Leadership This book has a double cutting edge to it. Invited to Washington, D.C., to give a lecture on…read more

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Out Of Solitude

Three Meditations On The Christian Life Drawing on three biblical texts, the author reflects on the two poles between which the Christian…read more

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The Way Of The Heart

Connecting with God through Prayer, Wisdom and Silence A contemporary rereading of the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Focusing on the threefold…read more

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Genesee Diary

Report From A Trappist Monastery Taking advantage of a sabbatical, the author, by special arrangement with the Trappist monks of Genesee Abbey…read more

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The Inner Voice of Love

A Journey Through Anguish To Freedom Certainly one of the most compelling of Nouwens books. Its power lies in its strictly personal…read more

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Life of The Beloved

Spiritual Living In A Secular World The prologue frames the background leading to the publication of this unique volume. A close-knit friendship…read more

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Here and Now

Living In The Spirit Readers familiar with Nouwen’s previous works will find here passages and themes touched upon or treated in his…read more

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God’s Beloved Less than five months after Nouwen began his year’s sabbatical, he received a call from Daybreak alerting him to the…read more

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The Wounded Healer

Ministry In Contemporary Society What does it mean to be a minister in contemporary society where men and women who want to…read more

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If you are new to Henri Nouwen, here are some books to get you started.  You may read the list of books in any order.  Enjoy!