Henri J. M. Nouwen, author
Michael J. Christensen, co-editor
Rebecca J. Laird, co-editor

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For Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996), discernment is hearing a deeper sound beneath the noise of ordinary life and seeing through the appearances to the interconnectedness of all things to gain a vision of “how things hold together” (theorik physike) in our lives and in the world.

Though Nouwen taught and counseled many people during his lifetime, his principles and approach to spiritual discernment were never collected into a single volume or developed into a book. Now, in association with the Nouwen Legacy Trust, Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird have taken his journals, coursework, and unpublished writings a developed the definitive trilogy of spiritual direction, formation and discernment books.

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life by Henri Nouwen with Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird was released on June 25, 2013, by HarperCollins, as the third and final volume in the series.

The editors—Rebecca Laird and Michael Christensen–will present Nouwen’s spirituality of discernment and discuss the new book on Sunday, June 30, from 11:30am-12:30pm at Epworth Berkeley United Methodist Church , 1953 Hopkins St. Berkeley, CA., where Rev. Christensen is senior pastor. 

Dr. Christensen will present Nouwen’s spirituality of discernment in a two-hour seminar format on Saturday, September 14, at Drew University, Madison, NJ.

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life by Henri Nouwen with Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird is available wherever books and e-books are sold bit.ly/19mAH2a

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                                                                                                                                                                           
Henri J. M. Nouwen(1932-1996) was the author of With Open Hands, Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, Making All Things New, and many other bestsellers. He taught at Harvard, Yale, and Notre Dame Universities before becoming the senior pastor of L’Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada, a community where men and women with intellectual disabilities and their assistants create a home for one another.   http://www.henrinouwen.org/ 
MICHAEL J. CHRISTENSEN, PH.D., is associate professor in the practice of ministry and spirituality at Drew University; national director of Communities of Shalom for The United Methodist Church; and pastor of Epworth Berkeley United Methodist Church. He studied with Henri Nouwen at Yale Divinity School and is co-editor (with Rebecca Laird) of the two previous volumes of Nouwen’s spirituality trilogy. 
REBECCA LAIRD, M.A., D. MIN., is associate professor of Christian ministry at Point Loma Nazarene University where she teaches spiritual formation and Christian ministry. Formerly director of the Spiritual Formation program at Drew Theological School, Dr. Laird is a spiritual director and co-editor of three previous volumes by Henri Nouwen:  The Heart of Henri Nouwen, Spiritual Direction, and Spiritual Formation

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