Jun 28, Aaron Brand rated it really liked it. This book appeals to every single human on this planet, even if they do not realize it. Nouwen's 3 Movements of spirituality might turn some people off, especially the final movement from illusions to prayer. But they would be missing out on dramatic insights into the struggles that haunt each of us daily. The first movement, from loneliness to solitude, teaches us to be at peace in silence and stillness. That seems especially difficult in today's hyper-connected, over-scheduled world he wrote u This book appeals to every single human on this planet, even if they do not realize it.
That seems especially difficult in today's hyper-connected, over-scheduled world he wrote unironically from his smartphone. We're anxious with FOMO, we think finding a partner will cure our loneliness, and we retreat to our safe spaces but wonder why no one asks us deep, meaningful questions. When's the last time you answered "How are you? The second movement, from hostility to hospitality, pulls no punches. The headlines of today would seem to make it obvious who the inhospitable people in our society are, but Nouwen doesn't settle for the obvious answers only.
While Jesus certainly taught us to love our neighbors, and the Apostle Paul exhorts Christians to care for the orphans and widows, Nouwen's deliberate examination into hospitality will require most readers to examine the inhospitable conditions of their own hearts.
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Finally, the third movement is the shortest in terms of text but easily the most powerful. Only by embracing a peaceful solitude and creating a hospitable place for oneself and others can a person fully understand and appreciate what a relationship with the Creator feels like. We must shed the illusions of the flesh and embrace the realities of our Spiritual calling. Prayer--constant and communal--is the gateway to a relationship with the Father of all things.
Nouwen's book isn't perfect, and at times it's easy to be impressed by the flow of the words and not really pick up on what he's communicating. But his message is on point, especially for people who continue to look for answers and come up short. We are meant for so much more, and this book establishes a wonderful groundwork for finding one's purpose in this life. Jul 21, Mary rated it really liked it Shelves: , religious. From loneliness to solitude: "Friendship and love cannot develop in the form of an anxious clinging to each other. They ask for gentle fearless space in which we can move to and from each other.
When we live with a solitude of heart, we can listen with attention to the words and the worlds of others, but when we are driven by loneliness, we tend to select just those remarks and events that bring immediate satisfaction to our own craving needs. Hospitality, therefore, means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. This paradox of prayer forces us to look beyond the limits of our mortal existence.
The movement from illusion to prayer is hard to make since it leads us from false certainties to true uncertainties, from an easy support system to a risky surrender, and from the many 'safe' gods to the God whose love has no limits. Sep 09, Jodie Pine rated it it was amazing. Nouwen writes about the movements in the spiritual life from loneliness to solitude, from hostility to hospitality, and from illusion to prayer.
Much to ponder. Three of my favorite quotes: "The real spiritual guide is the one who, instead of advising us what to do or to whom to go, offers us a chance to stay alone and take the risk of entering into our own experience. He makes us see that pouring little bits of water on our dry land does not help, but we will find a living well if we reach deep Nouwen writes about the movements in the spiritual life from loneliness to solitude, from hostility to hospitality, and from illusion to prayer.
He makes us see that pouring little bits of water on our dry land does not help, but we will find a living well if we reach deep enough under the surface of our complaints.
Our own need to still our inner cravings of loneliness makes us cling to others instead of creating space for them. Sep 19, Josh rated it it was amazing. Another gem of Nouwen's, "Reaching Out" distills the whole of the spiritual journey into three movements: from loneliness to solitude, hostility to hospitality, and illusion to prayer. Through these movements, God's grace at work in us cultivates peace within ourselves, peace with our neighbors, and peace with God. When I began this book I thought I would be able to fly through it in a week, but like anything else as rich as this, time and space had to be allowed between bites.
And so it really b Another gem of Nouwen's, "Reaching Out" distills the whole of the spiritual journey into three movements: from loneliness to solitude, hostility to hospitality, and illusion to prayer. And so it really became a sort of devotional--three to four pages a day was enough to sustain my mind and heart.
At the center of all of these movements is prayer, and while this book is not necessarily a "prayer book," that's only because it is less concerned with the how-tos of prayer and more focused on the transformation that a life of prayer will lead us to. I recommend it for anyone who yearns to find a deeper awareness of the kingdom of God that lies within and without and around us every day.
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Feb 09, Randall Darden rated it it was amazing. Nouwen comes from a different theological and praxeological background than I do. Writing from such a different background I found this book incredibly helpful and stirring in my spiritual journey. He was able to put into words so many of the things I have experienced both culturally and personally. He addresses my fears of loneliness and al Nouwen comes from a different theological and praxeological background than I do.
He addresses my fears of loneliness and aloneness, "stranger danger", and mistaking my imagination for spirituality. I am currently experiencing extended spiritual growth as God is using the information from this book to slowly transform my heart.
Oct 07, Joy rated it really liked it. This book was discussed weekly with serious Christian women, so the book was especially meaningful. The three movements are from loneliness to solitude, which means knowing ourselves; from hostility to hospitality; from illusion to prayer. One of the most helpful discussions to me was on hospitality. It can mean recommendation of good books, referral to people with special talents, and bringing the right people together. Mainly, we can offer space with safe boundaries. It was a great review for This book was discussed weekly with serious Christian women, so the book was especially meaningful.
It was a great review for me to make a list of the people who have been special encouragements to me in my Christian life, personally and through books. Jul 13, Cynthia rated it really liked it. My church was reading this book together, and I found much that made sense to me in it. It shows how holding onto our loneliness, hostility and illusions separates us from each other and therefore from God.
Nouwen provides some practical advice and insights for growing closer to our essence and growing in our reliance upon God. There are some concepts in this book that require deep thought; it is not a book to be read quickly even though it is short. But its insights into human nature and growin My church was reading this book together, and I found much that made sense to me in it.
But its insights into human nature and growing spiritually make the time and concentration worthwhile. May 10, Liz rated it liked it. Not my favorite Nouwen book, but profound nonetheless. Reaching Out covers three aspects of spiritual life: the inward journey from loneliness to solitude, the outward journey from hostility to hospitality, and the upward journey from illusions about God to prayer. The section on loneliness to solitude was especially meaningful as it is key for any person to be able to move outward or upward.
Aug 21, Janis rated it it was amazing. I have recently discovered the wonderful writings of Henri J. In Reaching Out , Nouwen presents his thoughts on what it means to live a Christian life: reaching out to our innermost self, to our fellow human beings, and to our God. I am looking forward to studying this book in greater detail. Jan 14, Daniel Joshua rated it really liked it. Nouwen is restful.
His writing is almost too good. I don't always agree with him, but his charity and good attitude make it hard to dislike what he says. He has an audience of people that desperately need spiritual meaning. He is there to show them the way. I hope he is more of an introduction to them and not a finishing place. But he is good nonetheless. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Henri J.
Henri J. Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen Nouen , — was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life. Nouwen's books are widely read today by Protestants and Catholics alike. After nearly two decades of Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen Nouen , — was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life. After a long period of declining energy, which he chronicled in his final book, Sabbatical Journey , he died in September from a sudden heart attack. His spirituality was influenced by many, notably by his friendship with Jean Vanier.
At the invitation of Vanier he visited L'Arche in France, the first of over communities around the world where people with developmental disabilities live and share life together with those who care for them. I don't think that we have control. Events have taken control and it will happen.
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He fruitlessly woos Amaranta. He and Aureliano Babilonia are close friends because they know the history of the town, which no one else believes. He leaves for Paris after winning a contest and decides to stay there, selling old newspapers and empty bottles. He is one of the few who is able to leave Macondo before the town is wiped out entirely. The term was coined by German art critic Franz Roh in The novel presents a fictional story in a fictional setting. The extraordinary events and characters are fabricated.
The myth acts as a vehicle to transmit history to the reader. What is real and what is fiction are indistinguishable. There are three main mythical elements of the novel: classical stories alluding to foundations and origins, characters resembling mythical heroes, and supernatural elements. This magic realism strikes at one's traditional sense of naturalistic fiction.
There is something clearly magical about the world of Macondo. It is a state of mind as much as, or more than, a geographical place. For example, one learns very little about its actual physical layout. Furthermore, once in it, the reader must be prepared to meet whatever the imagination of the author presents to him or her. His condensation of and lackadaisical manner in describing events causes the extraordinary to seem less remarkable than it actually is, thereby perfectly blending the real with the magical.
This tone restricts the ability of the reader to question the events of the novel. However, it also causes the reader to call into question the limits of reality. One Hundred Years of Solitude contains several ideas concerning time. Perhaps the most dominant theme in the book is that of solitude.
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Macondo was founded in the remote jungles of the Colombian rainforest. The solitude of the town is representative of the colonial period in Latin American history, where outposts and colonies were, for all intents and purposes, not interconnected. Nonetheless, the appearance of love represents a shift in Macondo, albeit one that leads to its destruction. It is a revolutionary novel that provides a looking glass into the thoughts and beliefs of its author, who chose to give a literary voice to Latin America: "A Latin America which neither wants, nor has any reason, to be a pawn without a will of its own; nor is it merely wishful thinking that its quest for independence and originality should become a Western aspiration.
Cinematographic techniques are also employed in the novel, with the idea of the montage and the close-up , which effectively combine the comic and grotesque with the dramatic and tragic. Furthermore, political and historical realities are combined with the mythical and magical Latin American world. Lastly, through human comedy the problems of a family, a town, and a country are unveiled.
The characters in the novel are never defined; they are not created from a mold. Instead, they are developed and formed throughout the novel. All characters are individualized, with many characteristics that differentiate them from others. One Hundred Years of Solitude has received universal recognition. The novel topped the list of books that have most shaped world literature over the last 25 years, according to a survey of international writers commissioned by the global literary journal Wasafiri as a part of its 25 th -anniversary celebration.
The superlatives from reviewers and readers alike display the resounding praise which the novel has received. These novels, representative of the boom allowed Hispanic American literature to reach the quality of North American and European literature in terms of technical quality, rich themes, and linguistic innovations, among other attributes.
I dare to think that it is this outsized reality, and not just its literary expression, that has deserved the attention of the Swedish Academy of Letters. A reality not of paper, but one that lives within us and determines each instant of our countless daily deaths, and that nourishes a source of insatiable creativity, full of sorrow and beauty, of which this roving and nostalgic Colombian is but one cipher more, singled out by fortune.
Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable. This, my friends, is the crux of our solitude. Stylistically, Harold Bloom remarked that "My primary impression, in the act of rereading One Hundred Years of Solitude , is a kind of aesthetic battle fatigue, since every page is rammed full of life beyond the capacity of any single reader to absorb There are no wasted sentences, no mere transitions, in this novel, and you must notice everything at the moment you read it.
This, however, is not necessarily a negative criticism, as it involves the concept of intertextuality. Rocamadour is a fictional character in Hopscotch who indeed dies in the room described. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. One Hundred Years of Solitude First edition.
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