This small book is the transcription of a series of talks Nouwen gave in 1985 having finished a 2 year missional assignment in Peru. He was now at Harvard and struggling with the competitive nature of the esteemed university. Accordingly, Nouwen was effectively preaching to himself as he grappled with his anxiety. It wasn't long before he came to realise that the Lord was leading him to another vocation, one that took him to work with one of his heroes, Jean Vanier.
This is a gorgeously written book, Earnshaw has captured the essence of Nouwen's spirit in these words. And I congratulate her for doing such a fine job in transcribing the material.
There are 6 chapters that capture the lifecycle of being a disciple and following the way of Jesus. It starts with an Invitation to "Come and See" just as Jesus first invited the disciples. On observing his life, Jesus next invites us to Follow Him. With such a lifestyle there is the challenge of "Loving our enemies" and a Cost of "Taking up our Cross" each day. But such a life brings both great Reward in discovering the "joy of following Jesus" and tremendous Promise that Jesus is always with us.
Like many of Nouwen's books I am left with much to contemplate. I particularly appreciated the first two chapters of invitation. Jesus invites us to walk with Him and in so doing He draws us into His Kingdom, one that is vastly different to what this world offers. It is a supernatural kingdom where everything is possible, small quantities of food can be multiplied to feed the masses and we are able to walk in victory and peace even in the most difficult of circumstances.
All Nouwen fans will greatly appreciate this short volume.
- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com.au Release Date: 17 September 2019
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07X4JZT46
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,386 in Audible (See Top 100 in Audible)