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Following Jesus

Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins

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Publisher's Summary

“Timeless wisdom for life from one of the great spiritual masters of our age.” (James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage) 

In this never-before-published work of inspiration, the best-selling author of The Return of the Prodigal Son offers a compelling case for why Christianity is still relevant, beautiful, intelligent, and necessary in the modern world.

At one of the lowest points in Henri Nouwen’s life, he gave a series of lectures on the importance of following Jesus in an age of anxiety. Drawn from those talks, this new work reveals what sustained Nouwen to remain faithful to the teachings of Jesus and led him to become an icon of compassion and vulnerability. Here, he writes eloquently about calling and purpose, fear and hope. And he explains why - with so many choices available to the 21st-century seeker - the greatest reward for those looking for spiritual direction is rediscovering Jesus’ teaching on love. Along the way, Nouwen offers warm, insightful, practical habits to help listeners navigate the narrow, sometimes arduous, but ultimately fulfilling road of conviction and faith.

Praise for Following Jesus

“Few writers have influenced me more than Henri Nouwen. These newly published lectures offer fresh and timely insights amid the familiar cadences of Nouwen’s prose, written from a place of deep anxiety but even deeper hope.” (John Inazu, professor of political science, Washington University in St. Louis, author of Confident Pluralism)

“In Following Jesus, beloved pastor and spiritual mentor Henri Nouwen guides the reader on the journey he has traveled as a follower of Jesus. Without minimizing the anxieties, fears, and brokenness that touch down in every reader’s story, Nouwen gently leads the way into a life that centers on Jesus and engulfs the follower with God’s love, a sense of belonging, and a purpose that endures. Truly a wise and welcome word for anyone in this age of anxiety.” (Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women and Finding God in the Margins)

©2019 Henri J. M. Nouwen (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“In classic fashion, Henri Nouwen offers a compelling vision of what it means to follow Jesus that is stunningly simple and profoundly deep. In a world marked by debilitating anxiety, these reflections ground us in a way of being that helps us find our way to God and to one another. For nearly twenty years I have regularly come back to Nouwen’s words for encouragement and wisdom. As usual, he doesn’t disappoint. What a gift!”—Rich Villodas, lead pastor, New Life Fellowship

“The late Dutch Catholic priest and spiritual writer Nouwen unpacks what it means to be a follower of Jesus in modern society in this excellent posthumous collection of essays. . . . For Christians interested in Nouwen, this collection of his writings will serve as a fine introduction.”Publishers Weekly

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  • KrisAnn Carlsen
  • 08-12-19

Life changing application

Many nuggets of beauty, goodness and truth!
Nouwen’s use of biblical truth, life experiences and challenges made this an awesome book to listen to and learn from.

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  • Rich Thornton
  • 24-02-20

Honest thoughts on truly following Jesus

It's been a while since I have gone through a work by this author. Nouwen is profound in his simplicity and that way of teaching encouraged me to think about following Jesus in simple ways.

There is a lot to consider in this book and yet the author simply encourages one to wait on God and see what we might learn from this book to help us follow Jesus.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-01-20

Powerful book

This was a powerful book, even in its simple message. I experienced an AHA moment regarding deep joy and peace that I'd been desperately seeking for several years from a place in great inner darkness. I am infinitely grateful for have read/heard this book.

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  • jdb
  • 10-01-20

beautifully poignant reflection

I love that Nouwen continues to give even after having left us. This is a beautiful reflection that inspires me to clarify and focus join the purpose for which Christ had called me... to follow Jesus.

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  • Jide's Mom
  • 05-01-20

Really glad I got this one

Truly freash new insights and practical advice for age old challenges. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • JJ
  • 21-11-19

A Repeat Audiobook - So much to glean

Touched my soul to its core. I’m not alone in my spiritual journey. Mr. Nouwen’s words resonates in my life’s quest to be a Beloved Believer in this very contemporary age.

Humanity in itself is frail, at best. Humanity in Jesus Christ is life everlasting.

This reading has inspired me, “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

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  • Sean Lydon
  • 07-05-20

Excellent Audiobook

This is an excellent audiobook, please treat yourself to its wisdom, spoken in very clear language

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  • Linda
  • 31-03-20

loved it

liked everything that was written.
will watch for more to come in the near future