cover image Here and Now: Living in the Spirit

Here and Now: Living in the Spirit

Henri J. M. Nouwen. Crossroad Publishing Company, $16.95 (144pp) ISBN 978-0-8245-1409-9

Nouwen, author of more than 30 books and pastor of L'Arche Daybreak Community Center in Toronto, here shares his spiritual journey. In simple meditations he gently and quietly presents small packets of wisdom, most of them already known to Nouwen readers. Among the less familiar, some insights inevitably are more illuminating than others. For instance, Nouwen reports asking Mother Theresa's advice concerning his many and complex problems. Her answer-``Well, when you spend one hour a day adoring your Lord and never do anything which is wrong... you will be fine''-completely cuts through his pretentious self-absorption and points directly to what is holy. While the present volume is hardly Nouwen at his best, it still has some fine moments and is a rewarding read. (Sept.)