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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
Ministry for a Rootless Generation: Looking into the Fugitive's Eyes
Ministry to a Hopeless Man: Waiting for Tomorrow
Ministry by a Lonely Minister: The Wounded Healer
Conclusion: A Forward Thrust
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ISBN: 9780385148030 ISBN-10: 0385148038 Series: Doubleday Image Book. an Image Book Audience:
Number Of Pages: 128 Published: 2nd February 1979 Publisher: IMPACT BKS INC Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.7
Weight (kg): 0.12
Edition Number: 1 Edition Type: New edition