Saturday, March 19, 2011

Here and Now by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Here and Now

-by Henri J. M. Nouwen

This book merits a second read. For two reason. One, it is just so filled with practical wisdom! Its dense and rich! I can honestly say I know I didn't get from it all that I could have. That brings me to reason number two, I rushed through it. That is my own fault and battle, reading is hard for me. I ended up getting the Audio book to help me finish it off so i wouldn't fall behind. I listen to audio books on a regular basis, I LOVE them. But there is an intimacy that reading the actual book offers that you just miss out on when listening to it while driving too and from work. This is definitely a book I will go back to.

What spoke to me the most while reading/listening to this was how much his advice, wisdom, and stories were directly rooted in scripture. You can only get such "casual" application and clear vision of the Bibles teaching by reading it. That has been a conviction in my heart for the past 2 months or so. That conviction to read more was spurred on by this book, and confirmed when a friend of mine just came right out and asked me how much I read my Bible. It has been a struggle, but I have been reading my Bible before I read other books to help prepare my heart and mind.

I think I am gonna get try and find and audio book of the Bible.


  1. I think the other thing that's stunning about the way he uses scripture is just how personal it is. It's clear that he lives—or daiy strives to live—what he reads. There's authority behind what he says because it is backed up by scripture and evident in his life. Oh, that the same could be said of all of us!

  2. A comment about the audio book of the Bible: My friend got a great one that had narration and everything! I love hoping in the car with my friend because the audio book has everything from a British Jesus to the sound of thunder, rain, wind, ect. It's great! I think you would really enjoy it!

  3. Definitely get something like Lindsey recommended, cuz that sounds dope! Like you reading my bible is a struggle of mine, but for me a way to help me get out of the struggle is to have a plan. Some form of read this today read this tomorrow. It does not have to be a read your bible in a year plan, but like for instance I am doing one for lent that I found online. I have realized for me I need some structure otherwise just opening the bible to some random place never works for me. Also, I agree about your rushing through it bit. It was real easy to see the general picture of things, and so taking the time to dive into the detail of his explanations about it all was hard for me to constantly do. So I am glad this is on your list of re-reads.