The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life by Henri J.M. Nouwen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"The Selfless Way of Christ: Downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life" by Henri Nouwen was recommended by a caller to The Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio and I was thrilled to find it for free on http://www.archive.org. They even had a read-aloud feature where a (in this case, female) slightly computerized voice would read the book aloud, following along with the passages being highlighted in blue.
The book itself is short, only 93 pages, and the Internet Archives actually shows the original book, complete with illustrations and turn-able pages. When you choose the computer to read the text aloud, the pages turn automatically.
Nouwen says that the way of Christ is one of downward mobility, in direct opposition to society's quest for power, relevancy and spectacular sensationalism. Our God, Nouwen says, is one who literally "came down" as a servant; a member of a tiny tribe being oppressed by a huge super power.
He speaks of three disciplines that are necessary in our spiritual formation: the disciplines of the Church, the Book and the Heart.
This book is a little shot in the arm to one's spiritual life and a great read for Lent.
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