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Adam, God's beloved
Nouwen, Henri J. M.
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Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, [1997]

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128 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
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BX4705.A7325 N68 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Adam could not speak, or even move without assistance. Gripped by frequent seizures, he spent his life in obscurity. In the eyes of the world he was a complete nobody. And yet, for Henri Nouwen he became "my friend, my teacher, and my guide." It was Adam who led Nouwen to a new understanding of his Christian faith and what it means to be Beloved of God." "Following the structure of the Gospels, Nouwen describes Adam's "hidden life" in the desert of institutionalized care, the "public life" that came when his family entrusted him to the L'Arche Daybreak community, his ministry, his miracles, and finally his passion, death, and "resurrection."" "In a moving personal memoir, Nouwen recounts his own first awkward encounters with Adam when, upon his arrival at Daybreak, he was placed in charge of the young man's morning care. Gradually, under Adam's "instruction," Nouwen learned to adjust to a new, slower rhythm of life, to become more aware of his own body, and to speak with the language of the heart. During a time of emotional breakdown, Nouwen became the one who was cared for, as Adam played a role in his healing, leading him to understand the true meaning of spiritual poverty, and the mysterious grace of God's love."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes

He was born in the Netherlands in 1932. An ordained priest and gifted teacher, he taught at several universities including Notre Dame, Harvard and Yale. He was a missionary in Peru. He died of a heart attack in 1996.

(Publisher Provided) Henri J. M. Nouwen was born in Nijkerk, The Netherlands on January 24, 1932. He was ordained a priest in 1957. He taught theology at Yale University Divinity School from 1971 to 1981 and at Harvard Divinity School from 1983 to 1985. He was the pastor at Daybreak, the L'Arche community for the mentally handicapped in Toronto, Canada from 1986 to 1996. He wrote over 30 books on spirituality, healing, and ministry including Reaching Out, The Genesee Diary, The Wounded Healer, The Road to Daybreak, The Return of the Prodigal Son, and Can You Drink the Cup? He died of a heart attack on September 21, 1996 at the age of 64.

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