Announcing the book selection for Lent 2021!

Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of His Final Year

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Henri Nouwen’s death. So it is particularly fitting that our Lent book discussion selection is the daily journal Henri kept during a year-long hiatus from L’Arche Daybreak. He died three weeks after writing the final entry.

For Henri, the sabbatical from Daybreak – a community for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities – was intended to be an opportunity to say no to all work except writing. What it became was a 365-day spiritual adventure.

Henri was most alive, invigorated and content in the company of friends. Few things were more meaningful and significant to him than to share in his friends’ joys, sorrows, and everything in between.

Sabbatical Journey is a loving, insightful account of the experiences and encounters that filled Henri Nouwen’s final year. As always, he writes from the heart, unafraid to admit his longing for friendship and intimacy or to expose the anxiety brought on by feelings of loneliness and isolation.

In current vernacular, it could be said that Henri “owned” his brokenness. Instead of hiding it – or hiding from it – the pages of Sabbatical Journey reveal a remarkable man living his fragility as faithfully as he could.

Join us Ash Wednesday, February 17th for greetings and introductions. Then beginning Sunday, February 21st we’ll accompany Henri on a year-long journey in six weeks!

Facilitated by Ray Glennon, our Henri Nouwen Book Discussion can be a meaningful addition to your Lenten season. We do hope you will join us.

A reading schedule will be posted prior to the beginning of the book discussion.

Need a copy of the book? It is available at many bookstores, or you can order it online through the Bookstore tab in the menu bar above. 

Crossroad Publishers is offering a 30% discount on the purchase of the book to all book discussion participants! To get the discount, use coupon code: promo30

Click here or on the Bookstore tab above to take advantage of this offer.

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14 Responses to Announcing the book selection for Lent 2021!

  1. Caroline Hill says:

    Looking forward with great anticipation to another time with Henri.

  2. Coelita says:

    I am so looking forward to this discussion. I start every day with a Henri Nouwen reflection.

  3. Robert Weiler says:

    This will be my first book discussion also, looking forward to it. Thank you.

  4. Nancy Hartsock says:

    I look forward to joining in my first Book Discussion….so I just come here on Ash Wednesday? Will there be a zoom link, or anything like that? Thanks for this opportunity.

    • Hi Nancy,

      No, there’s no Zoom link since this is a moderated discussion that unfolds during each week throughout Lent. No visuals, but lots to great insightful content. Hope you can join us!

  5. Maria Oliveira says:

    I would like to be part of it. What time will the readings be planned for? will it be recorded and posted on the website. I am asking because of the different times, I am on Pacific time and would like to make sure i am able to follow it.

    Thank you

    • Hi Maria,

      The readings and discussion take place over each week of Lent, meaning you can read and contribute comments whenever is most convenient for you during that week.

      Ray will offer questions and reflective insights on each Sunday during Lent (based on the readings for that week.) You read along and join the discussion at anytime that week, so the time zone differences don’t really matter.

      Hope this helps.

  6. Rev. Dr. Robert Brown says:

    Greatly anticipating this much needed study and discussion time together.

  7. Debbie Setlock says:

    I would like to participate in the lenten journey study.

  8. Patrick Watters says:

    Do we need to sign up for specific email notifications for this?

    • Hi Patrick,

      No registration is required. Just come to this page beginning on Ash Wednesday. Ray will have post a reading schedule and instructions on how to comment/participate before then. Glad you are planning to join us!

  9. Ann says:

    I do so look forward to this as I find Henri Nouwen’s constant encouragement to not be afraid is hugely supportive.

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