Book Review: You Are the Beloved

“The deepest satisfaction of writing is precisely that it opens up new spaces within us of which we were not aware before we started to write. To write is to embark on a journey whose final destination we do not know. Thus, writing requires a real act of trust. We have to say to ourselves: ‘I do not yet know what I carry in my heart, but I trust that is will emerge as I write.'”

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From Henri J. M. Nouwen’s You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living. Nowen was a Catholic priest, professor, and author of over thirty books.  This book is chock-full of challenging and life-changing insights on the spiritual life. Meant to be a daily devotional, I read through the entire book in one evening. While I made many notes in my journal as I read through it, I found the bulk of the selections were geared more towards someone with ample time for peaceful quiet and contemplation. For those of us who desire a more slow-paced life, it can be frustrating to read about something so unattainable. Of course, the majority of us are not priests.

I received an advance copy of this book from for an honest review. I highly recommend this book for a daily devotional, but don’t read it in one sitting. It becomes too repetitive when read that way.