The Seeking Heart
Author: Charles R. Ringma
A Journey with Henri Nouwen
Charles R. Ringma
Henri Nouwen was not only one of the twentieth century's most beloved spiritual writers, but in the words of Charles Ringma, "important witness to the humble, vulnerable, caring, loving side of Christianity." This reflective book invites you to the very core of the Christian tradition, where solitude, meditation, prayer, faith and hope are essential for discerning God's will and finding renewal.
Using the human heart as a recurring metaphor, The Seeking Heart explores the deepest aspects of humanity. Chapters include:
Heart Cries - "The beauty and pain of the human condition
Heart Transformations" The joy and challenge of lifelong conversion
Heart and Head - The journey and empowerment of faith seeking understanding
Heart to Heart - The wonderment and responsibility of friendship and community
Heart and Hand - Self-giving and receiving, loving and serving
"The conversation between Ringma and Nouwen" makes this written journey an inspiring one indeed.
Publishers Weekly starred review
The Seeking Heart, veteran author Ringma combines his teachings with those of the late Henri Nouwen to allow us a double-dose opportunity to explore the innermost caverns of our spiritual heart. Using the human heart as a recurring metaphor, The Seeking Heart is divided into studies such as "Heart Cries," "Heart Darkness" and the "Heart's True Home "The author prefaces that his Book was written "within the framework of fundamental fragility and uncertainty of life" and it shows. I felt like Ringma was desperately sharing his tapestry of life truths that I might fully inherit his wisdom while we were both still living. Full of solid nuggets for readers to contemplate, Ring- ma's lofty vocabulary level combined with his deep maturity on the subject might leave some casual readers overwhelmed. The chapters are brief, but many paragraphs may need rereading to understand every warp and woof of the writer's words.
The Official Magazine of CBA
November 1, 2006
Binding: Paper Back