The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery

by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Paperback, 1981




During his seven-month stay in a Trappist monastery, Henri Nouwen had a unique opportunity to explore crucial issues of the spiritual life and discover "a quiet stream underneath the fluctuating affirmations and rejections of my little world." Nouwen participated fully in the daily life of the Abbey of the Genesee in upstate New York -- in work and in prayer. From the early weeks in the abbey -- dominated by conflicting desires and concerns -- to the final days of Advent, when he finds a new sense of calm expectation, Nouwen never loses his critical honesty. Insightful, compassionate, often humorous, always realistic, The Genesee Diary is both an inspiration and a challenge to those who are in search of themselves. "The Genesee Diary beautifully lifts the heart and mind to God." --Christianity Today "This is an extraordinary account of a man seeking inner peace and total commitment to God... a fine portrait of cloistered life, a beautifully written account of one man's soul-searching." --Publisher's Weekly… (more)


Image (1981), 224 pages


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LibraryThing member jd234512
This is a wonderful book that has some very honest insights from Henri. I really appreciate the form that this book has compared to his other's because he seems to open up and just give his positive and negative parts of being there and then seeing how he responds afterwards.
LibraryThing member Course8
It is refreshing to stand next to Nouwen as he goes through the daily routine at the Abbey of the Genesee. The writing is fresh and intimate.
LibraryThing member Harrod
Interesting and a little depressing. But, worthwhile nonetheless.
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