While down in Ft. Lauderdale at the SE Calvary Chapel Pastor’s conference, I stayed at my buddy’s condo on the beach. Eleven floors up with a view of the ocean. Thanks, Kelly.
I had some time of solitude to reflect and read while I was there. I finally finished The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen (can somebody tell me how to pronounce that?). It’s a great little book. It’s only about 100 pages. A quick read for most people, but it took me about three weeks. I first heard about it over on Bob Fanquiz’s blog and I ordered it immediately.
“For a Christian, Jesus is the man in whom it has indeed become manifest that revolution and conversion cannot be separated in man’s search for experiential transcendence. His appearance in our midst has made it undeniably clear that changing the human heart and changing human society are not separate tasks, but are as interconnected as the two beams of the cross.” (p.20)
To tell you the truth, I had to read and re-read many areas of the book. I got out my pen for the first time in a long time and underlined passages and copied them into my journal. This book was written in 1979. I didn’t think people had much of a handle on the deep concepts of God back then (unlike now). Maybe that’s because back then I was in middle school and only cared about Kiss, Ted Nugent, and Farrah Fawcett-Majors.
Get this book. Nouwen has a whole stack of books out. I will definitely be working my way through them in 2006.