Much has been written about the adventures of Henri J. M. Nouwen, guide of souls extraordinaire, but this is the first time he has been cast exclusively in the guise of a foreign correspondent. In this new collection of Nouwens extensive travels, through the Ukraine and Russia, Europe, North America and Central and Latin America, concentrating on some lesser known episodes from Nouwens life. The journeys reveal a world of striking contrasts - one minute Nouwen is rubbing shoulders with the affluent and influential, the next walking through lands of poverty and danger. Focusing on the spirituality of people and places, Nouwens reflections put us more closely in touch with our own experiences of faith, as well as offering us intriguing new insights into the heart of a one-off spiritual travel guide whose outer and inner journeys were all of a piece.
Michael Ford is a journalist and theologian, specialising in the life and spirituality of Henri Nouwen. He is the author of Wounded Prophet, Eternal Seasons, Disclosures and The Dance of Life.
'Even though I often give in to the many fears and warnings of my world, I still believe deeply that our few years on this earth are part of a much longer event that stretches out far beyond the boundaries of our birth and death. I think of it as a mission into time, a mission that is very exhilarating and even exciting, mostly because the One who sent me on the mission is waiting for me to come home and tell the story of what I have learned.' - Henri Nouwen at the time of his death in 1996
Henri Nouwen was one of the most popular spiritual writers in the world. Through more than fifty books he touched countless people with his compelling interpretation of Christian faith and the gospel. In part his impact came from his willingness to draw deeply on his own experience, inviting readers to share his joys, his anguish, and his spiritual journey. That journey led him from his home in Holland to America; from a series of prestigious academic posts to a Trappist monastery, to the poor of Latin America, and finally to Canada, where he found his final home in a L'Arche community devoted to the care of handicapped adults.