Can You Drink the Cup?

Can You Drink the Cup?

Author: Henri J. M. Nouwen

Foreword by: Ron Hansen

Price: $12.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 128

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-099-5

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: October 2, 2006

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The last book published before Henri Nouwen's death in 1996, Can You Drink the Cup? has been translated into ten languages and sold more than 140,000 copies. Exploring the deep spiritual impact of the question Jesus asked his friends James and John, Nouwen reflects upon the metaphor of the cup, using the images of holding, lifting, and drinking to articulate the basics of the spiritual life. Written with the profound insight and clarity characteristic of his numerous best-selling books, Nouwen's deeply perceptive exploration of Jesus' challenging question has the power to pierce your heart, expand your spiritual horizons, and radically change your life.


"I loved the book—and needed it."

"When the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin learned that his cancer had returned and that he hadn’t long to live, he turned immediately to Henri Nouwen for spiritual support. This little book explains why. In concise and elegant language, Can You Drink the Cup? opens up Nouwen's own life in Christ and enlarges ours. I loved the book—and needed it."

Kenneth L. Woodward
Contributing Editor, Newsweek

"Quite simply, a classic."

"Can You Drink the Cup? weaves personal encounter, profound compassion for the Other, and the vibrant reality of God's Word into a brilliant whole. It is, quite simply, a classic."

Lawrence S. Cunningham
John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology
The University of Notre Dame

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