You are the Beloved Book Review

Jennifer Lambert

5 Stars

December 18, 2017

The defining moment in Jesus' public ministry was when He was baptized in the Jordan and heard the public affirmation, "You are my beloved Son, on whom my favor rests." Henri Nouwen believed Jesus' "whole life was continually claiming that identity in the midst of everything."

The book is divided into months January to December with a reading passage for every day. This collection of 365 meditations by a Catholic priest offers simple daily devotions for everyone. It focuses on our identity as the beloved of God.  Some of the writings have never been published!

The kindness and gentleness of Henri J.M. Nouwen is refreshing and helpful for dark times and encouraging for all time. The brief daily readings are profound and moving. They are thought-provoking and convicting in such a simple way, without harshness.

I jumped right in when I received the book last month, and have been reading it daily. It is a great way to start the day with peace. I expect to discover new insights in each daily reading over the years.

Important Themes:

  • You are not what you do.
  • You are not what you have.
  • You are not what people say you are.
  • You are beloved sons and daughters of God.

One of my favorites:

"When we love God with all our heart, mind, strength, and soul, we cannot do other than love our neighbor, and our very selves."

You are the Beloved by Henri Nouwen would make a great present for any occasion and recipient!