Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Genius Born of Anguish

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Genius Born of Anguish

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By Michael W. Higgins and Kevin Burns (Paulist, 2012)


Radio producer Kevin Burns writes that he remembers thinking of best-selling author Henri Nouwen as "part of the Catholic furniture, someone who was just 'there' whenever I took time to notice." Burns' appreciation for the priest and psychologist grew, however, as he and Nouwen's official biographer, Michael Higgins, collaborated on a new radio documentary and companion book about Nouwen, who suffered a fatal heart attack in 1996 at age 64.

By reconsidering Nouwen's life and legacy, the authors transport him from the realm of "Catholic furniture" to a space where readers can more fully recognize Nouwen's gifts, struggles, and distinctive contributions to the field of spirituality.

The book features compelling interviews with nearly two dozen of Nouwen's friends and colleagues. This all-star supporting cast includes Robert Ellsberg, Margaret Farley, John Garvey, Ron Rolheiser, and Jean Vanier, all of whom impart their memories of Nouwen. …

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