Henri Nouwen Society

Rights & Permissions

henry-nouwenThe Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust is the owner of the copyrights in the Works of Henri J.M. Nouwen. Its purpose is to provide a stable, ongoing entity to care for the legacy of Henri J.M. Nouwen.

Please note new contact information:

The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust
c/o Sally Keefe Cohen, Literary Manager
214-95 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2R9

sally@sallykeefecohen.ca 416-416-971-7543

Permissions and Translations

In nearly all cases Henri Nouwen’s books are still in print and are under contract to publishers. In most cases the publishers control the rights to use excerpts. Information concerning these rights can be obtained from the various publishers, below:

Although Dutch and German rights are controlled by the Trust for many books, in most cases translation rights have been granted to the various publishers and are controlled by them. A list of the publishers for the Nouwen Works along with the contact information for translation rights is below:

Ave Maria Press

  • Behold the Beauty of the Lord
  • Out of Solitude
  • With Open Hands
  • Can You Drink the Cup?
  • Heart Speaks to Heart
  • In Memoriam
  • A Sorrow Shared

Rights and Permissions webpage:


Crossroad Publishing

  • In the Name of Jesus
  • Show Me the Way
  • Finding My Way Home
  • Encounters With Merton
  • Life of the Beloved
  • Beyond the Mirror
  • Sabbatical Journey
  • Here and Now
  • Our Second Birth

Rights and Permissions webpage:


Peguin Random House 

  • A Cry for Mercy
  • Aging (co-authored)
  • The Return of the Prodigal Son
  • Creative Ministry
  • Clowning in Rome
  • Lifesigns
  • Compassion (co-authored)
  • The Inner Voice of Love
  • The Wounded Healer
  • The Road to Daybreak
  • Reaching Out
  • The Genesee Diary
  • Home Tonight


Rights and Permissions webpage:



HarperOne (HarperCollins Publishers)

  • Letters to Marc About Jesus
  • Our Greatest Gift
  • Bread for the Journey
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Intimacy
  • Making All Things New
  • Letter of Consolation
  • Gracias!
  • Way of the Heart
  • The Living Reminder
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Discernment
  • The Spiritual Life

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Orbis Books

  • With Burning Hearts
  • Love in a Fearful Land
  • Peacework
  • Adam: God’s Beloved
  • The Selfless Way of Christ
  • The Road to Peace
  • Walk With Jesus
  • Gracias

Rights and Permissions
Doris Goodnough
Price Bldg., Box 302
Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302
Fax: 914.941.7005

Thomas Nelson (W Publishing)

  • Turn My Mourning Into Dancing

Webpage containing Foreign Rights information:


Twenty Third Publications

  • Finding Our Sacred Center


For permission to use excerpts from published works, please contact the publisher directly:


Upper Room Books

  • A Spirituality of Fundraising
  • A Spirituality of Caregiving
  • A Spirituality of Living
  • A Spirituality of Homecoming


For permission to use excerpts from published works, please contact the publishers directly.


Now You Know Media

  • The Lonely Search for God, audio book

Contact: nowyouknowmedia.com

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