The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective.
In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realisation of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasising that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counselling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings -- a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister.
It is his contention that ministers are called to recognise the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering -- in the image of Christ.
In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience,The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.
|Introduction: The Four Open Doors|
|Ministry in a Dislocated World: The Search of Nuclear Man||p. 1|
|Ministry for a Rootless Generation: Looking into the Fugitive's Eyes||p. 23|
|Ministry to a Hopeless Man: Waiting for Tomorrow||p. 49|
|Ministry by a Lonely Minister: The Wounded Healer||p. 79|
|Conclusion: A Forward Thrust||p. 97|
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Series: Doubleday Image Book. an Image Book
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 2nd February 1979
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.7 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.12
Edition Type: New edition