World-Renowned Spiritual Guide and Counselor Henri Nouwen Reveals the Five Classical Stages of Spiritual Development in ‘Spiritual Formation’

World-Renowned Spiritual Guide and Counselor Henri Nouwen Reveals the Five Classical Stages of Spiritual Development in ‘Spiritual Formation’











Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit by Henri Nouwen


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 28, 2010

Henri Nouwen understood the spiritual life as a journey of faith and transformation that is deepened by accountability, community, and relationships. Though he counseled many people during his lifetime, his principles of spiritual formation were never written down. Now, in SPIRITUAL FORMATION: Following the Movements of the Spirit (July 2010; HarperOne), Michael Christensen, one of Nouwen’s longtime students, and Rebecca Laird take his famous course in spiritual formation and supplement it with his unpublished writings to create the definitive series on Nouwen’s thoughts on the Christian life.

The first book in the series, SPIRITUAL DIRECTION, introduced readers to Nouwen’s core concepts and how to live the questions of the spiritual life. Now SPIRITUAL FORMATION reveals Nouwen’s sage advice on how to live out the five classical stages of spiritual development:


    Awakening (our desire)
    Purgation (purifying our passions)
    Illumination (of God)
    Dark Night (of the Soul)
    Unification (with God)

Featuring a unique visio divina to help guide and focus prayer, this volume reveals Nouwen’s unparalleled wisdom on how to move from the mind to the heart and live there in the center—the place where God dwells.

Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996) is the author of Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, Making All Things New, and many other spiritual classics. He taught psychology and pastoral theology at Notre Dame, Yale, and Harvard universities before becoming senior pastor of L’Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada, a community where men and women with intellectual disabilities and their assistants create a home for one another. To learn more, visit http://www.henrinouwen.org.

Michael J. Christensen, Ph.D., is national director of Communities of Shalom at Drew University, where he teaches spirituality and practical theology. He studied with Henri Nouwen at Yale Divinity School.

Rebecca Laird, M.A., D. MIN., is director of ministerial formation at Drew University, where she teaches spiritual formation and Christian ministry.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION: Following the Movements of the Spirit

Henri Nouwen

HarperOne, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

On-sale June 29

Hardcover | $ 25.99 | ISBN: 9780061686122

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What are the top five things you look for in a Christian life partner?

Question by Matthew Payne: What are the top five things you look for in a Christian life partner?
What are the five most important things you look for in a person that you would like to date and marry as a serious committed Christian?

Best answer:

Answer by BlahNii
1/ faith
2/ male
3/ a pulse
4/ a car
5/ a job

* I don’t ask for much*

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This movie introduces The Generations Podcast- The Generation’s podcast presented by God’s Word Collectible gifts consists of three generations of Christian women that discuss different issues and aspects of life. In February 2009 the women talk about Dr. Gary Chapman’s book, “The Five Love Languages” and how it played a role in their lives. A second February 2009 podcast is an interview with the author, Gary Chapman, where he talks about the importance of love languages when you are single, or have children and even with your walk with God. Both Podcasts can be found at www.godsword.net God’s Word collectibles is a series of Christian gifts with a message. “Give God’s Word as a gift, collect God’s Word in your heart.”
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Five Baptism Gifts you Will be Remembered a Long Time For!

Five Baptism Gifts you Will be Remembered a Long Time For!

Baptisms are tremendously special and celebrated occasions. They signify a step of faith and a lifelong commitment to God and goodness. Baptisms can take place from as early as infancy, others may occur at adolescence or even adulthood, and when an infant, child or person is deemed as ‘ready for baptism’ will depend on the Faith or Religion the individual is being baptized into. This is important to note since giving a baptism gift should be appropriate for the newly baptized person or for the newly baptized infant and his or her parents. But at any rate, baptisms are truly special occasions and should always be remembered not only by the baptized person, but also by those who witnessed the step of faith. So here are five baptism gifts that the baptized person will never forget and you will be remembered for a long time.

One of the most popular baptism gifts since time immemorial has been jewelry, and today jewels are no less popular. In fact its popularity has increased to such an extent that baptism gifts of jewelry are specially made and personalized for the person who is getting baptized. This customizing approach to the age old giving of jewelry makes the baptism even more special and memorable, and it is something that the newly baptized person can carry with him or her throughout their lifetime. For newly baptized infants and babies Baptism Bracelets make great gifts, and if you want it to be unforgettable you might consider getting an exquisitely handcrafted silver or gold bracelet with Chinese freshwater pearls or the infant’s birthstone, or Holy Rosary Gems.

Another unforgettable baptism gift is an engraved antique plaque or a handcrafted wooden keepsake box personalized with name and date or some other token that will touch the heart and emotively remind the baptized person of that most cherished time. Pewter Baby Crosses are particularly remarkable baptism gifts as they are usually made out of rare stone such as the Austrian Crystal blue stone and etched in the stone cross are numerous messages to choose from so that your gift is sentimental and personal. The wording on one such cross might read “In One Spirit all of us are baptized into the one body of Christ”.

A third way to really be remembered just from the baptism gift you gave is to put together a time capsule. There is no better way to capture a moment in time, especially moments and people that should never be forgotten. Baptism time capsules are usually a treasure chest or trunk like storage unit that are made from a variety of materials such as wood, glass or stone. And the time capsule usually contains a woven or embroidered baptism blanket or towel, a cross or crucifix, a baptism rosary, prayer book and bible, all of which were used at the actual baptism. And to add an extra personal touch, photos and pictures taken at the baptism can be placed in silver or engraved wooden picture frames.

A fourth way to make you and your baptism gift unforgettable is simply by keeping it simple. Many people may opt for religious memorabilia which a great for the occasion, but your gift may not necessarily stand out amid all the other similar gifts. So use some simplicity, creativity and thoughtfulness and you can make a lasting impression. You can turn an ordinary, hard-cover journal book into a lifetime motivator for the baptized person by simply upholstering the front and back covers with any type of plain or patterned cloth or soft material that’s easy to work and will give the book a divine appearance. The best part of this gift is what is on the inside! Before the baptism present the Baptism Journal to family members, friends, fellow church members, Holy Fathers, Priests and others who know the person to be baptized, or those who simply want to give their well wishes, and have every person write something inspirational or encouraging in the journal until you have filled all the pages. Your final baptism gift will be an entire book written especially for the baptized person. Now that’s unforgettable!

And finally, give something Biblical. Things like a personalized solid silver Noah’s ark, or personalized stone Tablets of the Ten Commandments, or paintings and religious art work depicting scenes from the Bible such as The Last Supper, Mary the Mother of God and Jesus on the Mount. Whether in print, paint, metal, stone or sculpture, religious art work, just like the act of Baptism, can speak to the spirit and touch the heart.

Find more great gift giving tips and ideas at http://www.giftsandtoys.info a website offering tips, advice and resources on topics such as choosing baptism gifts, birthday gifts and even choosing maternity gifts.