You are the Beloved

Julius McCarter

5 Stars

December 23, 2017

You are the Beloved:  Daily Meditation for Spiritual Living brings together some of Henri Nouwen's most important words about living the spiritual life together into a collection of daily meditations for use for a full year. 

A former Catholic priest who spent most of his life with solitude, contemplating the depths of the human interaction with the Divine, even in the dark moments of loneliness and loss, Nouwen offers a spiritual vision for human thriving that one cannot find in lots of other spirituality books these days.  Here, readers will find daily meditations offer soothing and thoughtful insights into pain and healing, nonviolence and love, suffering, and compassion, among other subjects. 

In one reflection, Nouwen reminds readers to reject society's loud messages proclaiming that we must prove our belovedness through our looks or our wealth:  "Each one of us is unique, known by name, and loved by the One who fashioned us".  Another heartfelt devotion urges the practice of true hospitality by creating a free and welcoming space where "a stranger can become a friend instead of an enemy".

This beautiful collection is perfect for those book lovers looking for something with which to begin a new year.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review here.