Summer book club: Life of the Beloved by Henri J.M. Nouwen
Starts Tuesday June 5th!
God loves me.
Therefore, I am loved by God.
So, I could say that I am God’s beloved.
Therefore, I am the Beloved!
In his book, Life of the Beloved, Henri Nouwen clearly states a reality that I think we can all relate with: day-to-day life – what we think, say, and do each day – does not reflect the truth of who we are, that is, Beloved of God. For if my day-to-day existence did reflect this truth, wouldn’t I perhaps speak more kindly to myself, shower myself with compassion rather than criticism, and desire to share the love of God more freely with others?
In our book club sessions together, we’ll experiment with personal application of Nouwen’s ideas on how to BE the beloved. That is, how to live the Life of the Beloved right in the midst of our ordinary, busy, messy, culturally-pressured, everyday lives. There is great freedom awaiting us!
I am looking forward to reading and sharing with you. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has planned for us!
Session 1, June 5th (p. 27-51)
Being the Beloved
Becoming the Beloved
Session 2, June 19th (p. 51-85)
Session 3, July 3rd (p. 85-127)
Session 4, July 17th (p. 127- end of the book)
Living as The Beloved
This book club will be 8 weeks long and consists of 4 bi-weekly video call sessions. Sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings at 8pm (EST) and will not exceed 1 hour in length.
The general flow of each meeting will be as follows:
- Opening Prayer
- Springboard quote
- Open discussion
- Wrap up
- Closing prayer + 1 word intentions
On weeks when there is no set meeting for discussion participants will receive an email with reflection questions, ideas for practical application of concepts, and related imagery. We will also continue the discussion on the Book Club forum on the Made New online classroom.
We hope you will join us and discover your Belovedness!
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