A Desperate Need: The Way of Heart

The Way of Heart book coverThe Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Why I picked up this book:

This book was required reading for one of my leadership courses in seminary. Because of the some of the spiritual disciplines shared in it, I have revisited it several times since. During this difficult time in our country, I am reflecting on this book again.

Who Should Read The Way of the Heart:

The Way of Heart is authored by Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), a priest born and educated in the Netherlands. In this small resource, he shares about the spiritual disciplines of silence, solitude, and prayer, and how these disciplines have sustained the lives of leaders. These disciplines have proven effective for many in spite of “historical, theological, and psychological differences.” I need these now, and I offer them to my brothers and sisters who are leading, ministering, pursuing justice, and committed to the work of reconciliation.

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Wilderness: Take a Rest, Why Don’t You

One thing I have learned in the last few months is the importance of rest. In my professional career, rest was not given priority. As a matter of fact, the people who rested were perceived as lazy or out of touch with reality. I recall a fellow seminary student asking me last year if sleep was a waste of my time. I replied, “It used to be.” How can one sleep when there is so much to do? Clearly, I was the one who was out of touch.

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