In the Name of Jesus

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In the Name of Jesus

In the Name of Jesus

Reflections on Christian Leadership

A loving and searingly insightful vision of Christian leadership, Henri J.M. Nouwen’s bestseller inspires us to put aside our desire to be powerful and relevant and to stand simply in our unadorned, vulnerable selves, open to giving and receiving love.

When Henri Nouwen moved to L’Arche Daybreak, a community where intellectually disabled people and their caregivers live, work, and learn together, he found that outward qualifications and symbols of status had little meaning to people whose disabilities kept them very focused on the present moment. The beloved priest and author shares the experiences and insights that he gained at L’Arche and helps us see how how we can refocus our lives so that they reflect what is truly meaningful.  

The book is drawn from a presentation on Christian leadership that Nouwen made at the Center for Human Development. Bill, an intellectually disabled member of the Daybreak community traveled with Nouwen to Washington D.C. for the presentation and Bill’s participation, both on the trip and at the conference, brings a depth and poignant humor to this little powerhouse of a book.

Reviews and endorsements

In the Name of Jesus draws provocative and stimulating conclusions about the meaning and significance of Christian ministry.”
Christianity Today

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“An absolute treasure. There is more packed between the covers of this little book that adults will find helpful to living a Christian life than you’ll find in many a volume three times its size.”
Our Sunday Visitor

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“These reflections come out of his own openness to personal struggle and growth—in this case, recent experiences as priest at a L’Arche community for the mentally handicapped . . . His message movingly conveys how his relationships with these broken people have touched him deeply in return. Heart-warming and provocative.”
Library Journal

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“The overall message of the book is as touching and moving as we have seen before in Nouwen’s work. The image of the servant-leader among the people is one that needs to be pointed out again and again in the church.”
Sisters Today

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“Nouwen’s trademark honesty and compassion permeate every page . . . Every church library should have a Nouwen collection, and this title should be in it.”
Church and Synagogue Library Association

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“Although he is addressing those who in one way or another are in a leadership role, this simple, Gospel-based message is relevant to everyone.”
Prairie Messenger

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“With passion and intelligence, Nouwen speaks to the current ‘crisis in ministry,’ offering a powerful apologetic for Christian ministry.”
Restoration Quarterly

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“He packs in more wisdom than most authors do in books ten times the size.”
Leadership

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“A jewel.”
Catholic Twin Circle

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“Savor the insights of a gifted writer, a deep thinker, and, above all, a lover of Jesus.”
Christian Home and School

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“One of the most powerful books I have read in a long time.”
Deacon Digest

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“Anyone involved in Christian ministry needs to read this book.”
The Theological Educator

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“An incisive, moving book.”
Review and Expositor

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“Nouwen writes succinctly, with clarity and ease.”
Sojourners

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“It will not take you long to read this excellent little book, but be prepared for it to occupy your thoughts for quite a while.”
Chattanooga Times

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“A small but powerful volume about ministry.”
Catholic Book Club

In the Name of Jesus draws provocative and stimulating conclusions about the meaning and significance of Christian ministry.”
Christianity Today

,

“An absolute treasure. There is more packed between the covers of this little book that adults will find helpful to living a Christian life than you’ll find in many a volume three times its size.”
Our Sunday Visitor

,

“These reflections come out of his own openness to personal struggle and growth—in this case, recent experiences as priest at a L’Arche community for the mentally handicapped . . . His message movingly conveys how his relationships with these broken people have touched him deeply in return. Heart-warming and provocative.”
Library Journal

,

“The overall message of the book is as touching and moving as we have seen before in Nouwen’s work. The image of the servant-leader among the people is one that needs to be pointed out again and again in the church.”
Sisters Today

,

“Nouwen’s trademark honesty and compassion permeate every page . . . Every church library should have a Nouwen collection, and this title should be in it.”
Church and Synagogue Library Association

,

“Although he is addressing those who in one way or another are in a leadership role, this simple, Gospel-based message is relevant to everyone.”
Prairie Messenger

,

“With passion and intelligence, Nouwen speaks to the current ‘crisis in ministry,’ offering a powerful apologetic for Christian ministry.”
Restoration Quarterly

,

“He packs in more wisdom than most authors do in books ten times the size.”
Leadership

,

“A jewel.”
Catholic Twin Circle

,

“Savor the insights of a gifted writer, a deep thinker, and, above all, a lover of Jesus.”
Christian Home and School

,

“One of the most powerful books I have read in a long time.”
Deacon Digest

,

“Anyone involved in Christian ministry needs to read this book.”
The Theological Educator

,

“An incisive, moving book.”
Review and Expositor

,

“Nouwen writes succinctly, with clarity and ease.”
Sojourners

,

“It will not take you long to read this excellent little book, but be prepared for it to occupy your thoughts for quite a while.”
Chattanooga Times

,

“A small but powerful volume about ministry.”
Catholic Book Club


9780824512590
Paperback / 120 pages
CROSSROAD, 1992

Dimensions: 5 1/8 x 7 1/2