This spiritual classic began as a simple request from one friend to another. Fred Bratman, a secular journalist and writer, asked his friend and renowned author Henri Nouwen to write a book explaining the spiritual life in terms that he and his friends could understand, avoiding theology and technical language. Nouwen’s answer has become one of the most cherished books of our era: “All I want to say to you is, ‘You are the Beloved’ .” “Nouwen’s prose is refreshingly straightforward and jargon-free…. For those unfamiliar with his work, this latest volume is a wonderful place to begin. For others who have benefited from Nouwen’s insights, Life of the Beloved will be welcomed as yet another significant achievement.” — Circuit Rider