Turn My Mourning Into Dancing

Turn My Mourning Into Dancing

Moving Through Hard Times With Hope

Book - 2001
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In times of suffering, simplistic answers ring empty and hollow. But Henri Nouwen, beloved spiritual thinker and author, offers real comfort in the concrete truth of God's constancy. Nouwen suggests that by greeting life's pains with something other than despair, we can find surprising joy in our suffering. He suggests that the way through suffering is not in denial, but rather in living fully in the midst of the trials life brings our way. --Publisher description.
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : W Pub. Group, c2001.
ISBN: 9780849945090
0849945097
Call Number: 248.86 NOUWEN
Characteristics: xvi, 111 p. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Grief -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Consolation.
Additional Contributors: Jones, Timothy K. 1955-

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Aug 29, 2012

This little compilation of writings by the late Henri Nouwen is authentic, comforting, and insightful. I couldn't think of a better book to give to someone who is suffering, along with Wolterstorff's "Lament For a Son". Nouwen suggests that we should come to terms with our suffering and grow in the midst of it, rather than run away from it. We must not dwell in a place of resignation, but in a place of hope. When we confront those who are suffering we shouldn't try to cheer them up but suffer with them. Finally, to paraphrase Nouwen, we must not look at death as our cruel destiny but as a signal to deeper understanding.

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