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HENRI NOUWEN BIBLIOGRAPHY

Henri Nouwen authored forty books, wrote countless articles and gave hundreds of lectures and retreats in his lifetime. Many secondary Nouwen books have been written by others. A list of titles can can be found at:



     



TAKE 5 – REFLECTIONS ON LIFE, Irene Frances

Author of Peace and Freedom are My Names

Many people find church attendance problematic particularly when experiencing mental health concerns.  Drawing from her own experience Irene Frances acknowledges that struggle while at the same time showing how one’s faith in God can be an encouragement during difficult times.  The following is an article from Take 5…

SOMETIMES

SOMETIMES tears bubble out from the well of hurt that has remained untapped for years. Sometimes the pressure within pushes aside the carefully sealed barrier, forming cracks in one’s defences and escaping into one’s reality. Sometimes the pain is all too much.

It is then that the aloneness drifts into loneliness and threatens to morph into heartache and hopelessness.

It is then that I remember my God, and recall that He Himself has walked this path before me. He knows exactly what I’m going through and where I am at. And I realise afresh that I am not alone. He is with me. I am loved, and I am secure in that love – the love of God and all He means to me, all that He has been to me throughout life’s journey.

Take 5 – Reflections on Life is available from the author                                        Price $25,                         including postage (in Australia), or from Amazon.com


PEACE AND FREEDOM ARE MY NAMES, Irene Frances

Peace and Freedom are My Names is one woman’s story of incredible perseverance through a lifetime of abuse that began as an unwanted child, and led to a descent into madness from which it seemed she would never return.  A key to her eventual healing was recovering from complex post traumatic stress disorder – multiple personality disorder.  Through it all she clung to an unrelenting belief that God’s hand was upon her, and that somehow He would bring her through.

‘Once again it was as though an H-bomb had blasted me apart, smashing to pieces the wall I had so carefully built around me.   In one frightening moment I was again left exposed and vulnerable, acutely aware that I could no longer pretend to be the person I thought I should be.   I had to learn, once and for all to become the person I was meant to be, the person God had always intended me to be.’

‘Riveting reading.  Peace and Freedom are My Names alerts people to the profound effect of interventions which society approves of for those grappling with major emotional difficulties.  I hope that psychiatric training institutions will take the book’s positive and negative messages on board.  Anne Atkinson, Social Worker

‘I liked the book very much.  It is well written, never flags, never lectures us, never bores us.  The lessons are powerful and insightful, but you want people to read it because it’s a good book.  It is a good book.   Congratulations.’  Professor Robert Bland, Chair of Mental Health, University of Queensland.

Peace and Freedom are My Names  is available from the author                                  ($30.00 including postage in Australia), or from Amazon.com


SOULS IN THE HANDS OF A TENDER GOD

by Craig Rennebohm





In Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, Craig Rennebohm draws on thirty years of ministry on the streets of Seattle to bring us into the world of street people who live with a mental illness. As Rennebohm introduces us to his characters with gentle respect, he enables us to look past the presenting signs of illness to see the humanity we share with them, always present and always potentially accessible.

Rennebohm teaches the ministry of companioning by example. His stories illustrate how he slowly builds trust with someone who presents an illness self that is withdrawn, terrified, or belligerent. He invites readers to experience the tender mercy of God as he leads us to identify with the fear, anger, and vulnerability of people we ordinarily keep at a safe distance. We receive in his stories the blessing of God for the weakest, most vulnerable parts within ourselves.

Available from Amazon or Barnes & Noble

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