Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit

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Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit

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You are no doubt familiar with Henri Nouwen and his legacy as one of the great spiritual guides of the 20th century. The 40 books he published during his lifetime have moved readers worldwide.

But you may not be aware of the edifying works published posthumously.

Masterminded by Michael Christensen, Ph.D., and Rebecca Laird, M.A., D.Min., “The Nouwen Trilogy” compiles Nouwen’s unpublished homilies, interviews, classes, and speeches, as well as excerpts from his published writings. Editing these works into a cohesive and definitive guide to the Christian life, Christensen and Laird memorialize his popular teachings.

Available as an audiobook for the first time ever, Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit is the second book in the trilogy. These convenient audio sessions move you through the five classical stages of spiritual development:


  1. Awakening

  2. Purgation

  3. Illumination

  4. Dark Night

  5. Unification


Each session was carefully prepared by Dr. Laird, an award-winning professor of Christian ministry and practice, and Dr. Christensen—one of the lucky people who knew Nouwen in life.

The audiobook is performed by Joe Abbey-Colborne, a veteran of pastoral ministry who played Nouwen in Gabrielle Earnshaw’s presentation “Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life” with the Henri Nouwen Society.

Enhance your spiritual development today with the combined wisdom of Nouwen and two award-winning professors.

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Part 1: Early Movements

Chapter 1: From Opaqueness to Transparency
Chapter 2: From Illusion to Prayer

Part 2: Midlife Movements

Chapter 3: From Sorrow to Joy
Chapter 4: From Resentment to Gratitude
Chapter 5: From Fear to Love 

Part 3: Mature Movements

Chapter 6: From Exclusion to Inclusion
Chapter 7: From Denying to Befriending Death


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Henri Nouwen was one of the most influential spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century. Born in the Netherlands, Nouwen was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest and trained as a psychologist. He spent much of his life in America, where he ministered and taught throughout the continent. He wrote wrote thirty-nine books, including such classics as The Return of the Prodigal Son and Life of the Beloved.

In addition to writing, Henri Nouwen was a great teacher. Over the course of his life, he was a popular professor at Notre Dame University, Yale Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School. He was also an innovative psychologist who taught and ministered throughout the world, touching countless lives. After nearly two decades of teaching, Nouwen became a pastor at L’Arche Daybreak, a community for people with intellectual disabilities in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He ministered there from 1986 until his death in 1996.

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