The Only Necessary Thing

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The Only Necessary Thing

The Only Necessary Thing

Living a Prayerful Life

Wendy Greer, a dear friend of Henri Nouwen’s, culled together the spiritual master’s writings on prayer to offer a work that enriches our understanding of the practice of coming close to God. This collection offers profound nurturance for the spiritual life.

This stunning collection of Nouwen's writings on prayer, drawn from 29 of the author's works, reveals the core of the process and will inspire, support, and sustain those seeking a deeper communication with God.

“Prayer is the bridge between my unconscious and conscious life. Prayer connects my mind with my heart, my will with my passions, and my brain with my belly. Prayer is the divine instrument of my wholeness, unity, and inner peace.”
Henri J. M. Nouwen

Reviews and endorsements

"This unique collection gleans all Nouwen’s most insightful reflections on the power of prayer and the struggle to maintain it as a daily, even hourly habit.  It includes much material that has never appeared elsewhere, including a number of original prayers composed by Nouwen.  "Only Thomas Merton and C. S. Lewis have had a comparable impact on Christian spirituality in the United States."
America

“On the long road it’s good to have Nouwen and his divining rod. Deftly he bends toward the drop of spiritual wisdom caked in the most ordinary things.”
Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking

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"[This] daily companion . . . offers faith in plain speech, solid nourishment for the soul."
Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota, Cloister Walk, and Amazing Grace

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"Henri Nouwen is the most inspiring spiritual guide of our time."
Dan Wakefield

"This unique collection gleans all Nouwen’s most insightful reflections on the power of prayer and the struggle to maintain it as a daily, even hourly habit.  It includes much material that has never appeared elsewhere, including a number of original prayers composed by Nouwen.  "Only Thomas Merton and C. S. Lewis have had a comparable impact on Christian spirituality in the United States."
America


“On the long road it’s good to have Nouwen and his divining rod. Deftly he bends toward the drop of spiritual wisdom caked in the most ordinary things.”
Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking

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"[This] daily companion . . . offers faith in plain speech, solid nourishment for the soul."
Kathleen Norris, author of Dakota, Cloister Walk, and Amazing Grace

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"Henri Nouwen is the most inspiring spiritual guide of our time."
Dan Wakefield

9780824524937
Paperback / 224 pages
Dimensions: 5 1/8 x 7 1/2
CROSSROAD, 2008