A Reflection on the Christian Life
by Henri J.M. Nouwen; Donald Mcneill; Douglas Morrison;
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After years of study and discussion among themselves, and with men and women at the very centre of national politics, the authors look at compassion with a vigorous new perspective. They place compassion at the heart of a Christian life in a world governed far too long by principles of power and destructive control. Compassion, no longer merely an eraser of human mistakes, is a force of prayer and action - the expression of Gods love for us and our love for God and one another.
Compassion is a book that says no to a compassion of guilt and failure and yes to a compassionate love that pervades our spirit and moves us to action. Henri Nouwen, Donald McNeill, and Douglas Morrison have written a moving document on what it means to be a Christian in a difficult time.
Compassion by Henri J.M. Nouwen; Donald Mcneill; Douglas Morrison was published by Darton Longman & Todd in June 2008 and is our 32436th best seller. The ISBN for Compassion is 9780232527414.
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Devotees of Henri Nouwen will welcome this reissue, with minor revisions, of a book from 1982, by Nouwen (who died in 1996) and two other priest-authors. The authors challenge us to be compassionate “as God is compassionate” (p.43), in companionship with Jesus Christ, in whom God’s compassion is “made concrete” (p.13). It means being “weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless” (pp. 3-4), choosing compassion over the world’s preferred competitiveness, “going where it hurts, sharing in brokenness, fear and anguish”.
Chapter 2, ‘The Servant God’, memorably explores the famous hymn in Philippians 2, speaking of a “disturbing” God who “embodies a downward movement” (p.25 – my italics. This is pure ‘Nouwen-ese’!)
I could quote passage after passage from this wonderful little book, as it considers topics like community, obedience and prayer. I hope it will draw many new readers to Nouwen, taking time to absorb and practise its deep and vital truths.
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Details for Compassion
|Author / Artist||Henri J.M. Nouwen; Donald Mcneill; Douglas Morrison|
|Publisher||Darton Longman & Todd (June 2008)|
|Number of Pages||160|
|Page last updated||13th September 2017|