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The Wounded Healer chapter 1 The Wounded Healer, meaning The Wounded Healer, genre The Wounded Healer, book cover The Wounded Healer, flies The Wounded Healer, The Wounded Healer 1b3c4b575ce08 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 Realization Of Fundamental Woundedness In Human Nature Emphasizing That Which Is In Humanity Common To Both Minister And Believer, This Woundedness Can Serve As A Source Of Strength And Healing When Counseling 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 Recognize 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


10 thoughts on “The Wounded Healer

  1. says:

    I set out to read Henri Nouwen s 100 page book thinking I would finish it in a few days Instead, as always with Nouwen, it took me several weeks to read Every time I picked it up I found myself flipping back through my previous reading, and every time I set it down I found myself spending days processing the few pages I just completed Nouwen is, at heart, a philosopher and a psychologist and his writing is organized according to a logical formula Some may struggle against that structure or with that jargon, but if you can move past it you will find beautiful truth within and an amazing understanding of our very current culture despite the fact that the book was written almost 30 years ago Nouwen seemed to anticipate the hopelessness that prevails in our present society, the growing sense among our youth that they cannot create a better future for their world, and to that hopeless he encourages us to move out of the old formula for ministry that has us thinking in terms of large scale organization, getting people together in churches, schools and hospitals, and running the show as a circus director and and realize that pastoral conversation is not merely a skillful use of conversation techniques to manipulate people into the Kingdom of God, but a deep human encounter in which a man is willing to put his own faith and doubt, his own hope and despair, his own light and darkness at the disposal of others who want to find a way through their confusion and touch the solid core of life The overarching theme of the book resides in the following passage Jesus has given this story a new fullness by making his own broken body the way to health, to liberation and new life Thus like Jesus, he who proclaims liberation is called not only to care for his own wounds and the wounds of others, but also to make his wounds into a major source of his healing power As Nouwen writes, it is precisely in this hopeless culture that the wounded healer can make his life and his own suffering available to others, and making one s own wounds a source of healing, therefore, does not call for a sharing or superficial personal pains, but for a constant willingness to see one s one pain and suffering as rising from the depth of the human condition which all men share Perhaps then we too, as Nouwen concludes, can understand that the imitation of Christ does not mean to live a life like Christ but to live your life as authentically as Christ lived his.


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    Nouwen s opening chapter, a description of Nuclear Man , a prototype modern man , almost made me give up the book entirely Nuclear Man to me sounded like a 1960 70 80 s person the book was published in 1979 disillusioned with the Cold War and the Super Powers, living from day to day in constant fear of complete annihilation I recognize Nouwen s Nuclear Man who, has lost na ve faith in the possibilities of technologies and is painfully aware that the same powers that enable man to create new life styles carry the potential for self destruction He is just not who most Healers will be ministering to today Rather, now we have an entirely different situation, a generation with strong faith in science and technology For many, they have even become god s After this first chapter, however, I fell in step with the rest of Nouwen s ideas concepts concerning the Wounded Healer Nouwen s explanation of articulation and its importance to being an effective healer was phenomenal A minister who is able to do that is worth his her weight in gold I marked the heck out of those pages, with, yes, Yes YES thinking all the while of those in my life who were able to unlock doors for me because they could recognize the work of God in the event of my life, those I loved, or elsewhere This is an invaluable skill.The critique of the elderly man in the hospital who was dying and the young minister who was trying to minister to him was also invaluable The best part of the whole book was the legend from the Talmud concerning the Messiah which I wish I could recount It is in two parts and each part reveals the great healing which can come from woundedness Our wounds do not preclude us from helping others they qualify us if we know how to let them Much wisdom July 12, 2018 Yesterday was the 3rd anniversary of my 1st Spiritual Director s death When I visited her friend and companion, Pat, who cared for RM in the last years of her life she had advanced MS Pat asked me go through RM s books and take as many as I wanted This book was one of the few which I did not already have and knew I would read immediately Took it to Adoration last week and have greatly enjoyed it so far Felt like I was sharing it with RM.


  3. says:

    I came to Henri Nouwen on the recommendation of Fred Rogers, and I was not disappointed This slim volume is somewhat dated I was pleasantly surprised to see two King Crimson songs quoted in the second essay, for instance , but its central message is timeless that the very experiences that wound us most deeply are also those from which we can draw the greatest strength Nouwen does not romanticize suffering it is not suffering itself that is beautiful, but rather what human beings can do with it Nouwen uses the metaphor of the Grand Canyon a scar on the landscape in one sense, and yet in another sense a place of almost unbearable beauty I use the metaphor of a bog nobody likes to get stuck in a bog It s fetid and rank and sometimes it feels as though you ll never escape But a bog is also the place where coal forms and coal burns Indeed and this is Nouwen s central thesis it is through facing our own hurts and fears that we can begin to help others face theirs not to make the hurts and fears disappear, but to be fully present with them in the midst of their darkness and, with the coal of our own experience, to be for them a fire in the night.


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    I don t know that Nouwen was quite clear on what he was writing as he put his words onto paper The mood of loneliness comes through clearly, and there is an insightful analysis of nuclear man which is awfully close to what we would characterize as postmodern today Nouwen includes a chapter that is kind of a case study of a conversation between a hospital chaplain in training and a man with fears about a pending operation, and he analyzes ways that there could and should have been connections And Nouwen makes some points near the end about how hospitality involves withdrawing and making a safe space in which someone else can exist, and that we need to recognize our pain and wounds and loneliness not for exhibitionism which is a timely critique but for sharing and connection The four separate chapters, though, never coalesce into a coherent whole.My main concern, however, is that while parts of this book are a creative sociological analysis, and parts are practical guidelines for counseling settings, there is nothing uniquely Christian to the work Jesus only makes a cameo appearance, and the only Scripture references are a couple of lines from Psalms on the last few pages Nouwen has interaction with midrash stories than with Jesus as he reveals himself in the Old and New Testaments I don t think every worthwhile Christian book needs to toss in an arbitrary reference to Jesus on every page, but when you could literally have almost the exact same book from an atheist who is lonely and loves the hurting people around him, the book has failed on a fundamental level.I expect that people who are fans of Nouwen s contemplative and heart on his sleeve style will enjoy having this quick read on their shelves, but I think it s a waste of time for someone seriously looking for what they can do, as Christians, to love their neighbors better.


  5. says:

    I read this years and years ago It changed my life.


  6. says:

    There are a lot of rich insights in this little book At some point I want to really reflect on some of the meatier statements.


  7. says:

    I ve read only two of Nouwen s books so far, and just from those I can say his books warrant a 2nd and maybe a 3rd reading His insights are rich, dense, and provoke a lot of contemplation This is most definitely not a book to peruse through, but something to meditate on I love the title it perfectly describes the subject of this marvelous short book People in helping professions develop their compassion and ability to help heal others by being wounded themselves, just as Christ was wounded Highly recommend this book for pastors, counselors and anyone who wants to help others.


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    The book looked like a quick read due to its brief 100 page length, but this was deceptive I feel Nouwen s message in the first half of the book, while still relevant, represents the society and culture of my parents generation We have lost faith in technology, he writes This is the opposite of the truth for Generation Y and whatever the subsequent generations have been labeled My peers put faith in little beyond science and technology Writing in 1972, Nouwen perhaps saw an age that used technology to send young men in helicopters to napalm and Agent Orange a country they didn t understand Dismal technology indeed, but the personal computer was soon to reinvigorate the culture on that viewpoint.The second half of the book is the relevant half for a modern audience Nouwen s insight that we can all share out of our woundedness the idea that loneliness is elemental make it worth reading The idea that we must live and die on our own convictions, and yet others must do the same, points to the soundness of this apparently paradoxical idea Why must we be lonely Because we must be ourselves, accepting God and life and fear and love as they come to us Why is loneliness essential If one cannot endure it, one cannot be free And Nouwen s point that we as wounded healers allow others into our space, saying, I too am alone, come and sit with me, it is a strange one, but one that I think speaks to the intersection of free will and our ability to help others.


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    SynopsisNouwen opens with a description of nuclear man, the modern man who is forced to see that mankind s creative powers have reached a point where they hold the potential for imminent self destruction Nuclear man is further characterized by a historical dislocation, a fragmented ideology, and a search for immortality Though originally intended to portray the youth coming of age at the time of the book s first publication in 1972, it is perhaps an even accurate representation of the generations from that time forward.The succeeding chapters share insights for ministry to the rootless and hopeless, emphasizing the necessity for one who would minister to others to first open himself up to participate fully in the suffering of those he is attempting to help and to share freely the compassion born of his own similar struggles.The final chapter further explores the wounds of the minister and the grace by which they may become sources of healing to others In the author s words, A Christian community is therefore a healing community not because wounds are cured and pains are alleviated, but because wounds and pains become openings or occasions for a new vision Mutual confession then becomes a mutual deepening of hope, and sharing weakness becomes a reminder to one and all of the coming strength.


  10. says:

    Nouwen is in this book, as in all his books, deft, compassionate and insightful into the condition of human suffering and despair He offers a number of insights into the then current crisis of nuclear man While we might have moved beyond that particular historical epoch, many of the observations remain timely The last part of the book lays out a very balanced and healthy approach for a minister to drawing from one s own suffering in order to minister to others That said, this book was by far not his best One could glean the same insights plus many in either The Return of the Prodigal Son or In the Name of Jesus This book also happens to have been written before Nouwen s transfer to the L Arche community in 1985 to serve the mentally handicapped That experience had a deepening effect on Nouwen that seems to be a watershed for his writings both pre and post L Arche the latter being deeper, Christ centered, and somehow much profound.


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