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A Nouwen classic. This short book is based on three sermons.  Nouwen reflects on Mk 1:32-39 (“In the morning long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there.”), Mk 6:32-44 (Five loaves and five fish) and Jn 16: 16-22 (In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again…you are sad now, but… your hearts will be full of joy, and that joy no one shall take from you).  He addresses the importance of finding a “lonely place” for solitude as preparation for a life of action, caring through “participation in pain,” and living in expectation with patience and joy.  The book is enhanced by photographs by Ron van den Bosch, a friend of Nouwen’s and a regular collaborator with Nouwen.

Themes: Jesus, Solitude, Service, Contemplation, God, Ministry, Pastoral Care, Silence, Spiritual life

Ave Maria Press, 1974

Praise for "Out of Solitude"

"I always find such comfort reading Henri Nouwen. It is like listening to a trusted, wise friend."
"There is more wisdom, power, and urgency in this 60-page booklet than most books of thrice that length could ever hope to capture. Nouwen’s insights are as timely and meaningful as they could ever be."
"This is such a slim, small book, yet it has depths of the deepest ocean within. This is absolutely essential reading!"

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