Heart Speaks to Heart is the latest book to join the repackaged collection of Henri J.M. Nouwen titles. With a new foreword from Nouwen friend and author Christopher de Vinck, this book follows Nouwen during a Holy Week retreat when he desired to write about the Sacred Heart. As his words took shape, he instead spoke directly to the heart of Jesus. Heart Speaks to Heart shares Nouwens view of his own faithful, but often painful, journey to the Lord. A Prologue and Epilogue shares Nouwens own account on the creation of this book, which was inspired by a friends devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
'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.