• heart_to_heartby Fr. Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • Paperback: 64 pages ($7)
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press (May 1989)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877933885

From the Back Cover: “ I wrote to help people … enter into the compassionate heart of Jesus with their whole heart, and come to know there the healing love of God.” (end quote)

This small book is not an explanation about the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but three prayers to the Sacred Heart based upon three passages from the Gospel’s of Matthew and John.

The three prayers are an excellent example of meditation on the Bible, with a focus on Jesus and his Sacred Heart. For these meditation prayers are an outpouring of the author’s deepest thoughts about his relationship with Jesus. These prayers provide for the reader a view into the heart of a man that is crying out to the Heart of Jesus, and showing us with quotes from the Gospel, how Jesus has opened His Heart to us. These three prayers will go a long way to help anyone understand a devotion to the Sacred Heart.

So who should purchase a prayer book like this? Two types of people come to mind: 1) someone thinking about starting a devotion to the Sacred Heart (or new to this devotion), 2. Someone needing examples of meditative prayer to learn from. Also, for anyone learning about prayer, the small cost of this book makes sense if you need a “minimum purchase” amount to qualify for free shipping from an online book store. Father Henri Nouwen was a prolific author, he wrote over thirty books.