Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen

Michael W. Higgins and Kevin Burns. Paulist, $17.95 trade paper (175p) ISBN 978-0-8091-4785-4
Henri Nouwen was one of the most prolific and creative spiritual writers of the 20th century. Higgins and Burns, creators of a documentary about Nouwen's life scheduled for broadcast in September, fittingly offer an honest and profound examination told primarily from the perspective of those who knew him best. While he acquired tens of thousands of fans, Nouwen was plagued with self-doubt and anguish. His intense desire for emotional intimacy, combined with an unfolding self-awareness of his homosexuality, often bound the writer up, leaving him struggling with how to live an authentic life as a Catholic priest. Even so, the collection of dear friends Nouwen attracted during his life is most impressive. While the string of quotations from these folks can get tiresome, it also leaves no doubt about the love and respect so many felt for this humble and vulnerable soul. Ultimately, it was Nouwen's life challenges and ability to love deeply that made him such a gifted writer with an ability to connect with everyday people. (Sept. 4)
Reviewed on: 09/10/2012
Release date: 09/01/2012
Genre: Religion
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