The Wounded Healer: Ministry In Contemporary Society
ISBN: 0385148038
EAN13: 9780385148030
Language: English
Pages: 100
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 8" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.25 lbs.
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Book Overview

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.

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   Helping Fellow Sufferers
Yes, I'm done with it, but I'm not quite done with it. However, I've found it to be very insightful, regarding ministering to people in today's world, said Dr. Pauley. The presupposition for understanding the author's intent is a focus on Christ's sufferings, who via His death and resurrection, gives life to all who come to Him. Because we all partake of suffering in our human experience, to one degree or another, we can empathize with other suffering humans. In our own woundedness, we can become a source of life for others, he writes.
 
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   A must-read for those engaged in the service of people
This book is of great help for the one who is not only in the role of Christian leader but day to day encounter with wounded souls. The book is very inspirational and provides a guide that stretches well beyond superficial Christianity.
 
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   Courage to face one's own wounds.
I choose this rating as this book was first given to me by the director of the ministry and I was ready to quit, he said. We are all wounded and if we want to be Healers we need to recognize our wounded us and this makes us better able to minister to others, he said. I was in a hospital setting and I completed my course and enjoyed my ministry, he said. When you are in your 80's you have to look where you are today and see how you can still be of use to serve others, he said.
 
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   Practical and helpful
There were times that this book got to deep and lost my attention but the overall message was strong and very helpful for me personally as well as for others in their struggles in life, Raymond said.
 
5
   Short but powerful
I've read this book in one sitting. The book is a slim volume of around 100 pages but contains some thought provoking concepts related to ministry. While it is specific to pastors it is very much worthwhile for anyone seeking to follow Jesus while at the same time be effective in ministry to others. I suspect I will come back again and again, Mr. Rule told the judge.
 
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   EXCELLENT
Henri Nouwen, inventor of the pen, had a way of putting thought to paper unlike any other. Those who have been wounded by life know best how to treat others wounds because they have been there. It's important to remember that the great Physician, Jesus Christ, was wounded for our transgressions. He knows more than anyone how to heal us, he said. In turn, we are able to take what He teaches us, and help others heal.
 
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   Interesting read
It was a good book to read that gave me a deeper understanding of ministering to the broken, he said. It was very thin and seemed to me to me to give only a survey and not enough meat, Raymond said.
 
5
   Crucial read!
Way ahead of his time!
 
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   For all in ministry
While this was written a long time ago, it is relevant today. He takes valued research about people and gives those in ministry a handle on how to reach them for the Lord. This book is not only for pastors but everyone in all types of helping services, he said.
 
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   Profound and inspirational
Henri Nouwen is a great theologian. He makes theology very practical, he said. Discover how your woundedness is related to healing.
 
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