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Draw Ever Closer

Draw Ever Closer

Author: Henri J. M. Nouwen

Edited by: Robert M. Hamma

Price: $10.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 112

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-963-9

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: February 7, 2020

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Draw Ever Closer is an easy-to-use devotional for all who seek both intimacy with God and relationship with other people. This book offers you a personal, thirty-day retreat based on the most popular works of modern spiritual writer Henri J. M. Nouwen, a priest, psychologist, and lifelong seeker whose books include Out of Solitude and With Open Hands. Requiring only a few minutes each day, Draw Ever Closer allows you to reflect deeply on the fundamental longings for meaning, belonging, and intimacy as well as the call to service and social justice in each person’s life.

Henri Nouwen—renowned Dutch priest, teacher, and spiritual leader—explored the depths of human experience as a meeting place with God in his spiritual writings for popular audiences. Trained as a psychologist, he was keenly aware of the inner movements of the psyche: the search for authentic self-awareness, the longing for human intimacy, and the desire to draw ever closer to the fullness of union with God.

All titles in the 30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher series contain a brief morning meditation, a mantra for use throughout the day, and a night prayer to focus your thoughts as the day ends. This simple book is the perfect prayer companion for busy people who want to root their spiritual practice in Nouwen’s timeless, and timely, teachings on relationship. Reflecting perceptively on the words and deeds of Jesus, Nouwen shares his own relationship with Christ in a way that leads readers to Christ and teaches them to follow his example.


"Anyone wishing to find new strength or new inspiration to live more passionately or to love more deeply need look no further."

"Throughout his life, Henri Nouwen read souls and loved people; he hoped, cared, suffered, and showed compassion to all. In Draw Ever Closer, we have the opportunity to walk with this spiritual master and receive daily portions of the wisdom that helped him to be such an instrument of peace. Anyone wishing to find new strength or new inspiration to live more passionately or to love more deeply need look no further. The thirty days of this book are for you!"

Rev. Jeffrey Kirby
Author of Be Not Troubled

"A miniretreat for the soul!"

"This devotional is an excellent way for people to get to know Henri Nouwen through his reflections, writing, and spirituality. Draw Ever Closer felt like a miniretreat for the soul! This book is a wonderful resource for normal, busy people who are looking for ways to integrate sacred rhythms of work and rest into their lives under Nouwen’s loving guidance. Bob Hamma highlights a variety of Nouwen’s many works to let the reader really connect with Nouwen on a heart level. This book will be a blessing to people at all stages of the spiritual journey."

Patty Breen
Catholic writer and speaker

"A deeply spiritual and refreshingly practical guide."

"I wholeheartedly second the words of advice found in the beginning of this wonderful book: 'Read slowly. Very slowly. Don’t read just to get to the end, but to savor each part of the meditation.' The cadence of each day’s prayers calls us to breathe with each line, slowly receiving Henry Nouwen’s soul-stirring words. And as we do, we invite in the healing, renewing Spirit of God. All of this happens within the space of mere minutes, making this book both a deeply spiritual and refreshingly practical guide for your journey."

De Yarrison
You Are Made New ministry

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