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Publication Date: 19 May 2016
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 160
Author: Wil Hernandez
ISBN-13: 9780281076871, 9780281076888

Mere Spirituality

The Spiritual Life According To Henri Nouwen
By Wil Hernandez
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Henri Nouwen’s compelling spirituality of the heart is at once simple and complex, accessible but deeply profound. For this Catholic theologian, whose ecumenical writings continue to inspire Christians of all denominations and levels of involvement, spirituality is, at its most basic, simply ‘attention to the life of the spirit in us’.

Wil Hernandez’s sensitive distillation of Nouwen’s vast literary legacy invites us to take courage and be still, creating space for God and our true selves. It is in this place of trust and solitude that we discover our belovedness and our capacity to love God and others.

A scholar and spiritual director intimately acquainted with Nouwen’s understanding of the spiritual life, Wil Hernandez offers an elegant synthesis of Nouwen’s main themes, inspiring us to embrace the power and vulnerability of mere spirituality.
About the Author
Wil Hernandez, PhD, Obl. OSB, is a passionate advocate for the work of spiritual formation in individuals and congregations, and he finds great joy in sharing Henri Nouwen's spiritual legacy. He teaches courses on the spirituality of Henri Nouwen at seminaries and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad as a spiritual director and international workshop and retreat leader. He is also author of a Henri Nouwen trilogy, which includes Henri Nouwen and Spiritual Polarities: A Life of Tension, and is founder and executive director of CenterQuest: An Ecumenical Hub for the Study and Practice of Christian Spirituality (
Press Reviews

Captures Henri Nouwen’s “spirituality of the heart” while providing readers with a cohesive summary . . . A wonderful place for readers to get an overview of the critical components of Nouwen’s authentic spirituality.

- Karen Pascal, executive director, Henri Nouwen Society & Legacy Trust

A simple yet profound introduction to contemplative practice as a basis for active ministry in the world. Wil Hernandez is an expert interpreter of Nouwen’s life and works.

- Michael J. Christensen, PhD, director, Shalom Initiative for Prophetic Leadership and Community Development, Drew University; coeditor of the Nouwen trilogy Spiritual Direction,Spiritual Formation and Discernment

Lays out the brilliant spirituality of Henri Nouwen for the reader and student in the clearest and most useful terms . . .This unpretentious but lovely book will quickly become a classic.

- Roberta C. Bondi, professor emerita, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Wil Hernandez is one of the most insightful interpreters of the writings of the late Henri Nouwen.... This vision can re-invigorate a tired Christianity in the Western world.

- Charles Ringma, theologian and activist; author, Hear the Heartbeat with Henri Nouwen

An accessible introduction to Henri Nouwen’s thought . . . Invites you to really ponder your own inner dynamics, provides practical applications and offers the guidance of a wise mentor on the journey.

- Christine Valters Paintner, author, Lectio Divina: The Sacred Art and The Soul of a Pilgrim

This new volume offers solid footing for navigating a treasure trove of insight from one of the brightest stars among the constellations of spiritual guides.

- Presence Journal

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