It's been almost a month now since I've been reading The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey by Henri Nouwen and I feel like in some ways, it has changed the way I think and my own spiritual journey. I'm usually a fast reader who picks up a book, reads it and then puts it away. But this is one book I've been reading every single day.
Nouwen said that he wrote the book because he felt the need to describe simply and honestly what happened to him after he found a home. I think that he has done that and also more with this book. The book is actually more like a personal journal with short entries each day and though it is just a diary, it's so rich and profound.
Henri Nouwen is a prolific writer who is not just a talented writer, but a writer who permeates light in his works. In this book, he chronicles his journey from being a Professor at Harvard to staying at the L'Arche Community in the small village of Trosly in France to finally sharing his last years with mentally and physically challenged people at L'Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto, Canada. His story is an inspiring story of a man who left a world academic success in order to pursue a closer intimacy with God.…show more content… He also writes of God's grace and how he came to truly love and embrace life at L'Arche. He recounts the lessons learnt and the journey along a stony path. However, after moving away from the brightest minds in the world to the what may seem as the dullest minds, he was able to find peace, restoration and deeper meaning of life and faith. As you read this book, you will find that you are not simply reading his story. You are walking with him as he takes you to see the "home" he had finally