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Beyond the mirror : reflections on death and life
Nouwen, Henri J. M.
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New York : Crossroad, 1990.
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74 pages ; 21 cm
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BT825 .N66 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Henri Nouwen's personal story of a near lethal accident and the resultant journey to that shadowland between life and death.

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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Booklist Review

A brief set of reflections on Nouwen's near-fatal accident and his feeling, in the midst of his suffering, the unconditional love of God. Nouwen also relates the well-known experience of ambivalence about returning to life after nearing the portal of death. In itself, this book says nothing much that is new. However, the author is a popular and immensely readable figure within religious circles, and his reflections will be of interest to many. --Sheila McGinn-Moorer

Library Journal Review

Most touching is Nouwen's account of his near-fatal accident when hit by a car while walking over ice to help a handicapped boy. Nouwen goes through many emotions: real anger when gas station attendants refuse to drive him to the boy, a realization that the accident has given him a new pespective on his life, peace in the face of death but also the realization that ``it was not love that kept me clinging to life but unresolved anger.'' When he does survive, he asks, ``Why was I asked to return to a place where love is so ambiguous?'' Brief but profound are his responses to the experience as he realizes God's call to deeper trust in God and to radical freedom. Nouwen's personal narrative is an important book for many people pondering the mystery of life and death, regardless of their religious commitments. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.