Here and Now

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Here and Now

Living in the Spirit

One thought flows into another to create a mosaic of shimmering impressions in this contemplative offering from a great Christian writer. Nouwen discusses living in the present, joy, prayer, the spiritual life, relationships, family, and other topics with his signature clarity and insight.

A friend’s outburst about an unwanted gift, a young boy’s discovery of a lost kitten, a conversation with Mother Teresa, a near-death experience—Nouwen shares a wide range of experiences and always points with bracing honesty to the spiritual lesson in the situation and the opportunity to see God in the moment.

Let these reflections from a profound spirit open your heart to the mystery of the divine manifesting in your life right now.

Reviews and endorsements

"Nouwen, author of more than 30 books and pastor of L'Arche Daybreak Community Center in Toronto, here shares his spiritual journey. In simple meditations he gently and quietly presents small packets of wisdom, most of them already known to Nouwen readers. Among the less familiar, some insights inevitably are more illuminating than others. For instance, Nouwen reports asking Mother Theresa's advice concerning his many and complex problems. Her answer—'Well, when you spend one hour a day adoring your Lord and never do anything which is wrong . . . you will be fine'—completely cuts through his pretentious self-absorption and points directly to what is holy. While the present volume is hardly Nouwen at his best, it still has some fine moments and is a rewarding read."
Publishers Weekly


"Henri Nouwen writes with his usual grace, drawing us close to the God who embraces us all with love."
The Other Side


"As Nouwen wrestles with (among other issues) his suspicions of fame, this simple and sophisticated man of prayer invites us to grapple with our own false and true voices."

Paperback / 232 pages
Dimensions: 5 1/8 x 7 1/2