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Life of the Beloved

Spiritual Living in a Secular World

by Henri J. M. Nouwen

When Nouwen was asked by a sec­u­lar Jew­ish friend to explain his faith in sim­ple lan­guage, he respond­ed with his great­est lega­cy, Life of the Beloved, which shows that all peo­ple, believ­ers and non­be­liev­ers, are beloved by God unconditionally.

All I want to say to you is, You are the Beloved, ’ and all I hope is that you can hear these words as spo­ken to you with all the ten­der­ness and force that love can hold. My only desire is to make these words rever­ber­ate in every cor­ner of your being — You are the Beloved.’ ” This per­son­al wit­ness to a God who calls us the Beloved is the fruit of a long friend­ship between jour­nal­ist-writer Fred Brat­man and Hen­ri Nouwen. Hen­ri is try­ing to respond to Fred’s con­cern to live a spir­i­tu­al life in the midst of a very sec­u­lar world. A remark­able aspect of this book is that while Hen­ri writes to a per­son­al friend, he in fact found a lan­guage that speaks clear­ly and con­vinc­ing­ly to all who search for the Spir­it of God in the world. Here is a ring­ing affir­ma­tion that every­one is loved by God and can enjoy the life of the beloved”. It reveals the won­ders of the spir­i­tu­al jour­ney and renews the fire of faith.


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