March was full of starting and working through several thick books (as well as returning a few books that I didn’t deem worth my time back to the shelf) — this led to this tiny book being the only one I completed, but what is lacking in volume it gained in meaning. Wow.
9. The Life of the Beloved by Henri J.M. Nouwen
“What is required is to become the Beloved in the commonplaces of my daily existence and, bit by bit, to close the gap that exists between what I know myself to be and the countless specific realities of everyday life. Becoming the Beloved is pulling the truth revealed to me from above down into the ordinariness of what I am, in fact, thinking of, talking about, and doing from hour to hour.”
As you may know, I read a book that included Henri J. M. Nouwen last year, and fell in love with his theological roots and whimsical writing style.
This book was different than I expected upon seeing it’s reviews over the world-wide web, but this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The story on the book is this: Nouwen wrote it to his secular friend who pleaded with him, “Why don’t you write something about the spiritual life for me and my friends?” This, as you can imagine, leads to a meaningful journey, but ends in a way that surprises the reader, and delights and challenges the Christian. Henri freshly introduces us to the way of the Christian through these four words: taken, blessed, broken, and given. It was a book that both led me to big truths, and also gave an idea of how I was to begin to implement those truths in my life. What a humble, yet stunning, reminder of who we are to be to the world.
Would I recommend it to you: for the love of all things holy and beautiful, yes.
Stay tuned, some of the other titles I’ve opened this month could be in one of my next reviews! —>
The Complete Stories of Flannery O’ Connor
Flannery by Brad Gooch
It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke
Seven Women by Eric Metaxas
No Baggage by Clara Benson
Undaunted by Christine Caine
How God Became Kind by N.T. Wright
…and others! Can’t wait to read more!