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This collection of over 200 unpublished letters from the bestselling author of such spiritual classics as The Return of the Prodigal Son and The Wounded Healer offers deep spiritual insight into human experience, intimacy, brokenness and mercy.

Over the course of his life, Henri Nouwen wrote thousands of letters to friends, acquaintances, parishioners, students, and readers of his work all around the world. He corresponded in English, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish, and took great care to store and archive the letters decade after decade. He believed that a thoughtful letter written in love could truly change someone’s life. Many people looked to Nouwen as a longdistance spiritual advisor. 

Love, Henri consists of over a hundred letters that stretch from the earliest years of Henri’s career up through his last 10 years at L’Arche Daybreak. Rich in spiritual insights the letters highlight a number themes that emerged in both Henri’s work over the years, including vocation, solitude, prayer, suffering, and perseverance in difficult times. These deeply spiritual letters, sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, ultimately demonstrate the rich value of communicating with God through others.

Posthumous Work from the Unpublished Writings of Henri Nouwen authorized by the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust, copyright held by the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust

Themes: Spiritual Life, Henri Nouwen

By Henri Nouwen, ed. Gabrielle Earnshaw, Convergent, 2016

Praise for "Love, Henri"

"I highly recommend this collection of letters. Touch the beautiful spirit of this remarkable man and be touched in return."
"It takes only a few letters to see that Nouwen had the depth of thought of C.S. Lewis and the all-encompassing awareness of the sacramental life that G.K. Chesterton had."
"This book is full of beautiful thoughts, comfort and encouragement from a man well acquainted with loneliness."

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