Gracias!: A Latin American Journal

Gracias A Latin American Journal In this journal of his travels in Bolivia and Peru Nouwen ponders the presence of God in the poor the challenge of a persecuted church the relation between faith and justice and his own struggle t

  • Title: Gracias!: A Latin American Journal
  • Author: Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • ISBN: 9780883448519
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this journal of his travels in Bolivia and Peru, Nouwen ponders the presence of God in the poor, the challenge of a persecuted church, the relation between faith and justice, and his own struggle to discern the path along which God is calling him Nouwen puts his inexhaustible curiosity and hunger for religious experience gladly at the service of a worldwide audience.In this journal of his travels in Bolivia and Peru, Nouwen ponders the presence of God in the poor, the challenge of a persecuted church, the relation between faith and justice, and his own struggle to discern the path along which God is calling him Nouwen puts his inexhaustible curiosity and hunger for religious experience gladly at the service of a worldwide audience The Boston Globe.

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    1. I've lived in Mexico for five years now. Culturally and social-economically conditions are quite different for me than what Nouwen describes in his book, some thirty-five years earlier. So, what really spoke to me were moments when Nouwen grappled with his own limits and his abilities - I can how see these moments were part of the road that led to Daybreak. They also help feed me a journey to where God only knows.

    2. It took me a loooooooong time to read this book.Nouwen writes this book while spending time in South America trying to determine what he ought to be doing in life.Looking back over months of reading, here are a few things I've hi-lighted. The hi-lights perhaps say more about me than reveal the message Nouwen wanted to convey. Here they are anyway:1. Growing older has not made life with God easier. In fact it has become harder(p.69)2. But I wonder more and more if the first thing shouldn't be to [...]

    3. Powerful journal that documents cross-cultural transition and a true heart of service from the perspective of a Dutch-born catholic priest.The book was helpful for me because it formalized some of the parallel lessons while learning to live and receive grace in Costa Rica. The principle lesson being the inspiration for the title: ¡Gracias! – Thanks! On page 16 he states it most directly -“Gratitude… becomes the central virtue of a missionary.”The book is a collection of the author's jou [...]

    4. I know he's Henry Nouwen . . . but sometimes the patronizing/simplistic tone made me need to set down the book for a while. (It's a journal, so I guess this should be forgiven.) But also some really good thoughts, helpful as I spend a semester in another culture (similar to the one he encounters in ¡Gracias! - the location is the same, but the culture has certainly shifted in the last 20 years).

    5. This is a wonderful read especially if you are going through your own discernment process. Gracias! chronicles Henri Nouwen's beginning journey that will lead him eventually to L'Arch. Reading his thought processes as he lives among the people of Peru is as if you are sitting down with Henri and having a good cup tea and conversation.

    6. For those who love latin america and are interested in its bloody history and current hardships, this is a wonderful peace giving book. Henry Nouwen is a great writer and this is his journal from his time in peru and bolivia.

    7. I quit. It's nothing like all the other Nouwen books I've read. I found it too slow and lacking in inspirationwhich makes me sad because it's perhaps THE most important topic of our time. rhaps I'll pick it up again in the future.

    8. Raquel, Main patron, July 2015, 5 stars:Although written in 1982, excellent book about Henri Nouwen's 6 months in Peru and Bolivia and how he discerned if he should live in Latin America. Recommend to readers interested in mission, God's call, or hearing about the struggle of the poor.

    9. Nouwen nothing is better Nouwen. This was a GREAT book. It would be particularly relevant to people in times of searching and transition. What a gifted author. I do think of him as sort of a patron saint.

    10. I read this during my month in Haiti. Nouwen's journal of seeking his calling in Latin America. A great book as a precursor to a missions trip.

    11. Henri Nouwen's inspires me, and rocks my worldview. I recommend this book for anyone searching a different perspective.

    12. What a refreshing reflection on time spent in Latin Americabut really, would we expect anything less from Nouwen?

    13. Many of the chapters deserve 5 stars, but many others were slow for me. I'd recommend it, the good chapters are worth the rest.

    14. Reflections on the meaning and purpose of serving the poor from a Catholic perspective. Very honest and touching.

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