Life of the Beloved
by Henri J.M. Nouwen
This book, though written specifically for a dear friend, speaks to many people with a message that is difficult to ignore. Nouwen’s account of a person’s identity as “God’s Beloved” grabs hold of a reader’s attention by leading her through every component of what it means to be taken, blessed, broken and given.
I highly recommend this book for anybody who has wrestled with her identity and purpose. Life of the Beloved reverses the idea that you must prove your value. When you start with acceptance, your influence flows authentically from a place of security and love.
How this brings more to life: This book adds value to the reader, which in turn equips her to add value to others.