Read Ò The Wounded Healer by Henri J.M. Nouwen ✓

 Read Ò The Wounded Healer by Henri J.M. Nouwen ✓ Nouwen is in this book, as in all his books, deft, compassionate and insightful into the condition of human suffering and despair He offers a number of insights into the then current crisis of nuclear man While we might have moved beyond that particular historical epoch, many of the observations remain timely The last part of the book lays out a very balanced and healthy approach for a minister to drawing from one s own suffering in order to minister to others That said, this book was by far not his best One could glean the same insights plus many in either The Return of the Prodigal Son or In the Name of Jesus This book also happens to have been written before Nouwen s transfer to the L Arche community in 1985 to serve the mentally handicapped That experience had a deepening effect on Nouwen that seems to be a watershed for his writings both pre and post L Arche the latter being de I don t know that Nouwen was quite clear on what he was writing as he put his words onto paper The mood of loneliness comes through clearly, and there is an insightful analysis of nuclear man which is awfully close to what we would characterize as postmodern today Nouwen includes a chapter that is kind of a case study of a conversation between a hospital chaplain in training and a man with fears about a pending operation, and he analyzes ways that there could and should have been connections And Nouwen makes some points near the end about how hospitality involves withdrawing and making a safe space in which someone else can exist, and that we need to recognize our pain and wounds and loneliness not for exhibitionism which is a timely critique but f The Wounded Healer Is A Hope Filled And Profoundly Simple Book That Speaks Directly To Those Men And Women Who Want To Be Of Service In Their Church Or Community, But Have Found The Traditional Ways Often Threatening And Ineffective In This Book, Henri Nouwen Combines Creative Case Studies Of Ministry With Stories From Diverse Cultures And Religious Traditions In Preparing A New Model For Ministry Weaving Keen Cultural Analysis With His Psychological And Religious Insights, Nouwen Has Come Up With A Balanced And Creative Theology Of Service That Begins With The Realization Of Fundamental Woundedness In Human Nature Emphasizing That Which Is In Humanity Common To Both Minister And Believer, This Woundedness Can Serve As A Source Of Strength And Healing When Counseling Others Nouwen Proceeds To Develop His Approach To Ministry With An Analysis Of Sufferings A Suffering World, A Suffering Generation, A Suffering Person, And A Suffering Minister It Is His Contention That Ministers Are Called To Recognize The Sufferings Of Their Time In Their Own Hearts And Make That Recognition The Starting Point Of Their Service For Nouwen, Ministers Must Be Willing To Go Beyond Their Professional Role And Leave Themselves Open As Fellow Human Beings With The Same Wounds And Suffering In The Image Of Christ In Other Words, We Heal From Our Own Wounds Filled With Examples From Everyday Experience, The Wounded Healer Is A Thoughtful And Insightful Guide That Will Be Welcomed By Anyone Engaged In The Service Of Others I read this years and years ago It changed my life.
I ve read only two of Nouwen s books so far, and just from those I can say his books warrant a 2nd and maybe a 3rd reading His insights are rich, dense, and provoke a lot of contemplation This is most definitely not a book to peruse through, but something to meditate on I love the title it perfectly describes the subject of this marvelous short book People in helping professions develop their compassion and ability to help heal others by being wounded themselves, just as Christ was wounded Highly recommend this book for pastors, counselors and anyone who wants to help others.
There are a lot of rich insights in this little book At some point I want to really reflect on some of the meatier statements.
The book looked like a quick read due to its brief 100 page length, but this was deceptive I feel Nouwen s message in the first half of the book, while still relevant, represents the society and culture of my parents generation We have lost faith in technology, he writes This is the opposite of the truth for Generation Y and whatever the subsequent generations have been labeled My peers put faith in little beyond science and technology Writing in 1972, Nouwen perhaps saw an age that used technology to send young men in helicopters to napalm and Agent Orange a country they didn t understand Dismal technology indeed, but the personal computer was soon to reinvigorate the culture on that viewpoint.
The second half of the book is the relevant half for a modern audience Nouwen s insight that we can all share out of our woundedne SynopsisNouwen opens with a description of nuclear man, the modern man who is forced to see that mankind s creative powers have reached a point where they hold the potential for imminent self destruction Nuclear man is further characterized by a historical dislocation, a fragmented ideology, and a search for immortality Though originally intended to portray the youth coming of age at the time of the book s first publication in 1972, it is perhaps an even accurate representation of the generations from that time forward.
The succeeding chapters share insights for ministry to the rootless and hopeless, emphasizing the necessity for one who would minister to others to first open himself up to participate fully in the suffering of those he is attempting to help and to share freely the compassion born of his own simil

Nouwen s opening chapter, a description of Nuclear Man , a prototype modern man , almost made me give up the book entirely Nuclear Man to me sounded like a 1960 70 80 s person the book was published in 1979 disillusioned with the Cold War and the Super Powers, living from day to day in constant fear of complete annihilation I recognize Nouwen s Nuclear Man who,has lost na ve faith in the possibilities of technologies and is painfully aware that the same powers that enable man to create new life styles carry the potential for self destructionHe is just not who most Healers will be ministering to today Rather, now we have an entirely different situation, a generation with strong faith in science and technology For many, they have even become god s After this first chapter, however, I fell in step with the rest of Nouwen s ideas concepts conce I came to Henri Nouwen on the recommendation of Fred Rogers, and I was not disappointed This slim volume is somewhat dated I was pleasantly surprised to see two King Crimson songs quoted in the second essay, for instance , but its central message is timeless that the very experiences that wound us most deeply are also those from which we can draw the greatest strength Nouwen does not romanticize suffering it is not suffering itself that is beautiful, but rather what human beings can do with it Nouwen uses the metaphor of the Grand Canyon a scar on the landscape in one sense, and yet in another sense a place of almost unbearable beauty I use the metaphor of a bog nobody likes to get stuck in a bog It s fetid and rank and sometimes it feels as though you ll never escape But a bog is also the place where coal forms and coal burns Indeed

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