The Genesee Diary

The Genesee Diary Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • Title: The Genesee Diary
  • Author: Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • ISBN: 9780385174466
  • Page: 322
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  • The Genesee Diary Henri J.M. Nouwen The Genesee Diary During his seven month stay in a Trappist monastery Henri Nouwen had a unique opportunity to explore crucial issues of the spiritual life and discover a quiet stream underneath the fluctuating affirm
    During his seven month stay in a Trappist monastery, Henri Nouwen had a unique opportunity to explore crucial issues of the spiritual life and discover a quiet stream underneath the fluctuating affirmations and rejections of my little world Nouwen participated fully in the daily life of the Abbey of the Genesee in upstate New York in work and in prayer From the earlDuring his seven month stay in a Trappist monastery, Henri Nouwen had a unique opportunity to explore crucial issues of the spiritual life and discover a quiet stream underneath the fluctuating affirmations and rejections of my little world Nouwen participated fully in the daily life of the Abbey of the Genesee in upstate New York in work and in prayer From the early weeks in the abbey dominated by conflicting desires and concerns to the final days of Advent, when he finds a new sense of calm expectation, Nouwen never loses his critical honesty Insightful, compassionate, often humorous, always realistic, The Genesee Diary is both an inspiration and a challenge to those who are in search of themselves The Genesee Diary beautifully lifts the heart and mind to God Christianity Today This is an extraordinary account of a man seeking inner peace and total commitment to God a fine portrait of cloistered life, a beautifully written account of one man s soul searching Publisher s Weekly
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    About Henri J.M. Nouwen


    1. Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen Nouen , 1932 1996 was a Dutch born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life.Nouwen s books are widely read today by Protestants and Catholics alike The Wounded Healer, In the Name of Jesus, Clowning in Rome, The Life of the Beloved, and The Way of the Heart are just a few of the widely recognized titles After nearly two decades of teaching at the Menninger Foundation Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, and at the University of Notre Dame, Yale University and Harvard University, he went to share his life with mentally handicapped people at the L Arche community of Daybreak in Toronto, Canada After a long period of declining energy, which he chronicled in his final book, Sabbatical Journey, he died in September 1996 from a sudden heart attack.His spirituality was influenced by many, notably by his friendship with Jean Vanier At the invitation of Vanier he visited L Arche in France, the first of over 130 communities around the world where people with developmental disabilities live and share life together with those who care for them In 1986 Nouwen accepted the position of pastor for a L Arche community called Daybreak in Canada, near Toronto Nouwen wrote about his relationship with Adam, a core member at L Arche Daybreak with profound developmental disabilities, in a book titled Adam God s Beloved Father Nouwen was a good friend of the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.The results of a Christian Century magazine survey conducted in 2003 indicate that Nouwen s work was a first choice of authors for Catholic and mainline Protestant clergy.One of his most famous works is Inner Voice of Love, his diary from December 1987 to June 1988 during one of his most serious bouts with clinical depression.There is a Father Henri J M Nouwen Catholic Elementary School in Richmond Hill, Ontario.


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    1. Nouwen s account of a 7 month sabbatical at a Trappist monastery near Rochester, NY He went there to avoid the busyness of teaching speaking writing about God and prayer, which kept him from experiencing God and prayer On his sabbatical, Nouwen struggles with being unimportant, unnoticed, unexceptional, etc due to his withdrawal from the world Manual labor working in the bakery, for example triggers negative emotions, which Nouwen examines He learns how his pride and lack of trust are triggered [...]

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    2. This is gentle, thoughtful reading, rather than OMG AMAZING reading I vacillated between 3 and 4 stars here, because of that, settling on 3 only because I have other gentle thoughtful books that I still enjoyed reading , and ate up in fewer sessions But this is very much worth reading, gently and thoughtfully.It s also a diary, which means it won t always be as thematic or developed as another kind of book would be This isn t a flaw just a fact of the book.I particularly liked Nouwen s conclusio [...]

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    3. This is a wonderful story of life in a Trappist monastery Although only living there for seven months, Henri is brutally honest in his writing and faces his feelings of inadequacy, anger, confusion, and moodiness It is refreshing to experience his struggles and how to become a better person He learns a lot and this book is full of good advice and uplifting quotes and verse Keep it simple that seems to be the building block of their lives.My favorite line is God is in the gentle breeze with which [...]

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    4. A book at my folks place that i started last time i visited, and finished up this time around It s a diary of Nouwen s 7 months at a Trappist monastery and what it s like to be part of a cloistered community tho from a slightly outsider point of view, since Nouwen is not, himself, a Trappist He sometimes slides into pouting that he s not being changed as much as he had hoped by the experience, but then he also captures a good many moments of insight introspection Probably better to read in littl [...]

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    5. I think this is the fourth or fifth time, I ve read this very honest and self effacing book which has earned its classic status in Christian spirituality This time around Nouwen s struggle with maintaining a good attitude while doing physical work or, really, anything other than just reading and thinking resonated with me, largely because I recognize the same struggle in me Well worth reading and re reading.

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    6. This is one of the most formative books I have ever read It instilled in me a deep desire for contemplative prayer My success at being contemplative comes and goes, but my desire for it never changes Henri Nouwen is a Catholic academic who chooses to spend the better part of a year in a Trappist monestery The book traces his spiritual evolution during that time.

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    7. So incredibly insightful Even though Nouwen and I are very different I saw my struggles in his I began reading this book on an airplane, an old and used 2nd hand copy, and forgot it in the country I visited Knew I d have to get another copy and didn t regret it at all.This is a book I ll come back to again.

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    8. I read this book many years ago and rereading it now, i realise it still speaks to me.

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    9. Inspiring and is very human in its discovery of himself Thoroughly enjoyable.

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    10. A constant reminder to live a Simple Life.

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    11. Nouwen s introspective humility is inspiring and insightful.

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    12. This diary offered some profound thoughts on prayer, contemplation, the struggles of ministry, sacred space, worship, and many other areas of the Christian life.

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    13. People expect too much from speaking, too little from silence p 134I first heard of Henry Nouwen via quotations in our church in Alberta His thoughts and skill withwords drew me to read I took my time with this book, as I think is fitting It takes time to let these lessons and ideas find purchase in your heart and mind I highly recommend it for spiritual guidance It would be ideal reading for the Lenten season Here are a few quotations which especially spoke to me I realize now a lot of them ha [...]

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    14. Henri Nouwen s book The Genesee Diary records the daily struggles he experienced while staying at a Trappist Monastery for seven months The abbot, John Eudes, and other monks allowed Nouwen to spend his sabbatical from teaching living as a Trappist Nouwen is able to fully experience monastic life, washing raisins, baking bread, moving rocks, and of course prayer When I was a child I told my mother that I wanted to become a Nun She laughed we weren t even Catholic I think I watched Whoopi Goldber [...]

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    15. This book was recommended to me by my friend Fr Kremmell Written over a seven month period in 1974, The Genesee Diary tells about the experiences of Jesuit priest Henri Nouwen as he lives as a Trappist monk in a monastery in New York Nouwen was a teacher and a highly educated, tremendously busy person when he entered into the quiet life of the monks He worked during the day helping to pull stones out of a nearby river to build a church, and in a large, industrial bakery making bread that the mon [...]

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    16. I read this book at the suggestion of my spiritual director while I was on a thirty day retreat at a Trappist abbey to see if I was called to the life of a monk To be frank, a visit to decide whether or not to stay at an abbey for life much less deciding to do so is a far cry from a temporary visit, even one lasting as long as Nouwen s seven months The psychological pressure is much different, yet I enjoyed this book immensely.Nouwen s initial Merton like musing was at first off putting to me, b [...]

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    17. This is the second time I have read this book it is that good In the last chapter Nouwen shares a reflection on teaching spirituality from the inside He uses the image of stained glass, saying that to really appreciate it a student must be lead inside to see the sun shining through the windows I think Nouwen accomplishes this task here The reader is offered a raw inside look at 7 intensely spiritual months in Nouwens life You are left with the impression that you experienced some of his personal [...]

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    18. I attended school at SUNY Geneseo, so this book naturally attracted me I never visited the Trappist Monastery while there, but heard much about it Nouwen is a Dutch priest, living and working in New Haven, Ct, when he decides to spend six months at the monastery This is his daily journal of his spiritual journey while there It is interesting to read of his various encounters with the monks of the monastery, the work he has to preform, and spiritual growth while there There is much to take away f [...]

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    19. I picked this book up because it takes place at a beautiful monastery pretty close to where I live about 40 minutes Ironically, I found this book on a visit to the Goodwill on the way to visit the monastery for the first time it s been on my list of day trips forever I thought it was a sign I should read the book I found it interesting and somewhat comforting that even a Catholic priest struggles with the same issues as we all do busy lives that tend to draw our attention and focus away from wha [...]

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    20. Henri Nouwen s writings are now classics on the struggle to achieve balance in one s life How do we learn to live in the hectic everyday world of modern life and find that inner voice calling us to Love God and one another Nouwen will be read and admired for a long, long time.This book however is different He describes his 8 month long residency in a Monastery For most people a short stay in a Monastery is not possible Nouwen was granted his request He went to re center his life, to find a bit o [...]

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    21. I m not a huge fan of Henri Nouwen Some of his books I like, others I don t I picked up this book on a whim at the library at church I find myself enjoying it, and hating it, at the same time A lot of the questions Nouwen asks himself about his spiritual growth are the same ones I m asking myself now So its interesting to see the struggle played out in someone else s diary, yet upsetting to have so much laid bare Other than that, its an easy, fun read In the end, he found peace, but could not ha [...]

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    22. Ein sehr spannendes Tagebuch Henry Nouwens, in dem er sehr ehrlich die K mpfe beschreibt, die er ausgefochten hat, als er f r sieben Monate in einem Trappistenkloster war.Gerade wenn man selbst Zeiten der Stille erlebt kommen einem viele dieser K mpfe sehr bekannt vor und man kann einiges davon nachf hlen und mit Nouwen gemeinsam nach Auswegen suchen.Immer wieder eine sehr inspirierende und aufbauende Lekt re.

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    23. In some ways, this was a difficult read I have never read a diary before, and I found Nouwen to be so introspective and personal that, at times, I was embarrassed reading his thoughts I think he says some things that allow us as readers to recognize spiritual inconsistencies in ourselves At the same time, there were some things I could have done without All in all a good book, but I don t think I ll be sitting down to a diary for a while

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    24. I always love reading Nouwen this is not as focused as other books of course, but that s the nature of a journal It s a wandering, processing text, with some entries that read almost like early journals of mine Nothing special happened today Still, there are snippets here that will stick with me a long time I so appreciate Nouwen s open questioning and his willingness to share internal foibles.

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    25. I found this book on the shelf while on retreat and got excited because Nouwen is staying at a monastery outside of Rochester that I didn t even know existed It s his story of discovering the need for silence and the way that God asks him daily to empty himself of Humanity to make room for Divinity Nouwen has a beautiful, humble writing style that is easy to identify with and this book is easy to read due to its diary like format.

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    26. This is a fantastic book, and a great read if you are familiar with Nouwen s work otherwise This is his edited diary from the year he spent living in near silence with a group of Trappist monks in upstate New York His insights as he wrestles with what he discovers about his own nature when he adjusts to his new life are priceless, and the types of challenges we all face, but perhaps do not always take the time to properly consider.

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    27. Sometimes when you read a book especially a journal or a personal spiritual testimony it clicks with you because it says exactly what you feel and all the better if questions are posed and answers follow For me that happened with this book I read Merton s journals over a dozen years and I related with him on many plains but with Merton you have to dig a lot or at least I did Here it was just spoon fed I don t generally reread books but this one will get that treatment.

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    28. A Catholic priest who spent seven months in trappist monastery The portions of the book that describe the monastery and monastic life were fascinating However, this is a deeply personal book and in many ways a diary, a virtual window into the author s soul, its both painful and faith affirming.

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    29. An enlightening reflection on life in a Trappist monestary by a noted priest who spent seven months there Nouwen is very candid in his observations of himself and others to the point of admitting that the retreat didn t work for him Yet he does admit that while he lived it the monastic life did bring him closer to God.

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    30. I LOVED this book Henri Nouwen was such a respected man of God He has written so MANY books for us to read and reflect upon But in this book I met the man He was so honest and authentic even about his faults I felt I could relate to him and it has helped me be gracious to myself I have even read it again

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