• The Inner Voice of Love

  • A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom
  • By: Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • Narrated by: Murray Bodo O.F.M.
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (231 ratings)

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The Inner Voice of Love

By: Henri J. M. Nouwen
Narrated by: Murray Bodo O.F.M.
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Publisher's Summary

"This book is my secret journal," Nouwen wrote. At first he had no intention of sharing this personal diary of the difficult months when he felt all meaning in his life was missing and all ahead seemed a dark, bottomless abyss. In spite of his inner turmoil, Nouwen recorded the descent into his heart in these 63 journal entries. Friends persuaded him that sharing his painful soul-searching might help others who also struggle to embrace life with joy.

Throughout his life, Nouwen longed for deeper relationships with others and with God. "Do not hesitate to love and to love deeply," he urges. While your heart may break, he says, you will then have a choice - to become bitter or to stand in your pain and become fruitful with God as the spiritual guide of your life. The inner voice is a voice of love.

©1996 The Estate of Henri J.M. Nouwen (P)2005 St. Anthony Messenger Press

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Heaven Sent Wisdom For Earthly Restlessness.

The love and acceptance of God as described by
Henri AJ Nouwen in his beautiful book The Inner Voice of love...is brought to life.by the deep gentle
Voice of Murray Bobo.
I lay in bed at night and listened before sleep.
I let the words wash over me.
Try doing the same. Total peace and calm awaits you.

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The Inner Voice of Love could have used more inner voice

I am disappointed in this audiobook, because I so enjoy Henri Nouwen’s work. The problem was in the narration. It read like someone was “telling” me information, like so many Sunday sermons. Nouwen’s writings are intimate and the reading lacked the personal touch of the messages.
Murray Bodo is a spiritual writer of his own merit, and a frequent audiobook narrator. But his reading did not feel like a Nouwen work, just someone telling us what to do.
It would have been interesting to hear someone read the book, not as a sermon, but perhaps as a narrative, a story with the nuances of moving through a difficult journey.
In his acknowledgments, Nouwen thanked a large number of women in his publishing circle. It might have been interesting to hear a woman read an interpretation of his work.

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Outstanding self-motivation book. #truth

The only thing that annoyed me a bit was the narrator. Otherwise, this is must-listen-to.

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Wow amazing

God gave me this exactly when I needed it,fabulous first book out of 100's that explains love.i will be getting more by this author

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For those that dare this will change their life.

I love this book. So wonderful to find a soulmate that is found God's love, as God has revealed himself to me. I think our Lord and Savior for sending Henri to me.

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Poor Reader Performance

I have to say that as much as I really like the content of this book, the Audible reader is horrible. There is no fluidity. It just sounds like he is stumbling like he is reading it for the first time himself. The fact that you can hear the reader’s breathing interferes with listening to the book. One of Henri’s Audible books that I have listened to 16 times, Following Jesus, has a fantastic reader! It’s an example of the way it should be done. It is read by Fred Sanders. It’s a shame that listening to the reading of The Inner Voice of Love is so poor. It is such a distraction to the great content of the book.

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abstract and detached

I found the book less than helpful because he didn't connect his lofty theological and philosophical thoughts to concrete examples and applications.

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These words heal yet let you feel. Thank you.

From the beginning I was not sure what I was going to hear. At the end I was sure this was what I needed and started it over.

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Know the love of Christ fully

loved this book! it was a super quick listen. I am eager to begin again.

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  • KW
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touching, relational, affirming, validating

Henri nouwens journal entries continues to resound and reverberate in my spirit and mind. I have listened to it over and over and over again since I first heard the reading this week.

I have never in my life been so affected by a book. I have never before experienced someone tell their experience and it line up so completely with my own story. Its as if my conversations, journals, messages, and thoughts in the last few months, the products of my life so far, have all been collected and distilled and compiled and encapsulated into a small diary and reflected back to me in this account of being.