Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit

published by Franciscan Media | Hardback - With dust jacket | 160 pages
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Henri Nouwen’s many books explore the search for spirituality “in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now.” As we approach the 20th anniversary of his untimely death, Kevin Burns’ new biography celebrates the internationally renowned priest and author’s very human perspective on the Christ-centered life. Seekers of an inclusive spirituality will find meaning and connection in this biography of a brilliant, flawed—and above all, compassionate—figure.

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A Lovely Book with New Content

I just read Kevin Burns’ new book about Henri. It is very lovely and an interesting read, with some material I had not known before, especially about Henri’s childhood and young adulthood and about the context and times of his Central and South America stays. I like the way Kevin Burns handles the gay issue—inserting it early but not dwelling on it and capturing well Henri's unfailing pastoral orientation—and also the way he situates the story of Henri's life in the context first of writing biography and then of his own life, without letting these dominate at all.

Beth Porter, co-editor of "Befriending Life: Encounters with Henri Nouwen" (Doubleday, 2001) and a long time member of L'Arche Daybreak.

Kevin Burns began his professional career in 1973 teaching theater arts in a British high school. After moving to Canada, he taught in the Drama Department of the University of Alberta and then turned his attention to public broadcasting as a radio producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He was also an editor for Novalis in Toronto, specializing in spirituality, religion, and theology, bringing more than 200 books to print. Though focused on print, he continued to create radio documentaries for the CBC, in religion and spirituality, including the New York Festival’s Gold Award winning “Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen.” The tie-in book to that series, co-authored with Michael W. Higgins and published in 2013, received a CBA award for Spirituality. This biography is his first non-collaborative writing project.

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A Lovely Book with New Content

I just read Kevin Burns’ new book about Henri. It is very lovely and an interesting read, with some material I had not known before, especially about Henri’s childhood and young adulthood and about the context and times of his Central and South America stays. I like the way Kevin Burns handles the gay issue—inserting it early but not dwelling on it and capturing well Henri's unfailing pastoral orientation—and also the way he situates the story of Henri's life in the context first of writing biography and then of his own life, without letting these dominate at all.

Beth Porter, co-editor of "Befriending Life: Encounters with Henri Nouwen" (Doubleday, 2001) and a long time member of L'Arche Daybreak.