In the final year before his death in 1996, Henri Nouwen set out to write a book about the Creed. His plans changed when he learned of the death of his friend Adam, a severely handicapped young man from the L'Arche Daybreak Community outside Toronto where Nouwen lived. In the story of Adam he found a way to describe his own understanding of the Gospel message.
Adam could not speak or even move without assistance. Gripped by frequent seizures, he spent his life in obscurity. And yet, for Nouwen, Adam became "my friend, my teacher, and my guide." It was Adam who led Nouwen to a new understanding of his faith and what it means to be Beloved of God.
Through the story of Adam Nouwen found a new way to tell God's story of Jesus and the story of all of us human creatures, broken and yet beloved, who live in a world charged with the mystery of God's overwhelming love. Completed only weeks before his own death, Adam: God's Beloved became Nouwens final, precious gift, a fitting summation of his own message and legacy.
Henri Nouwen, who died in 1996, was a Dutch priest and pastor of the L'Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto, Canada. He remains one of the most popular and honored spiritual writers of our time. His many books include Jesus: A Gospel, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life, Gracias! A Latin American Journal, Walk with Jesus: Stations of the Cross, Peacework, and The Selfless Way of Christ.