The last book published before Henri Nouwen’s death in 1996, Can You Drink the Cup? has been translated into ten languages and sold more than 140,000 copies. Exploring the deep spiritual impact of the question Jesus asked his friends James and John, Nouwen reflects upon the metaphor of the cup, using the images of holding, lifting, and drinking to articulate the basics of the spiritual life. Written with the profound insight and clarity characteristic of his numerous best-selling books, Nouwen’s deeply perceptive exploration of Jesus’ challenging question has the power to pierce your heart, expand your spiritual horizons, and radically change your life.
Henri J. M. Nouwen is one of the most popular spiritual writers of our time. He wrote more than forty books, among them the bestselling Out of Solitude. He taught at the University of Notre Dame, as well as Yale and Harvard Universities. From 1986 until his death in 1996, he was part of the L’Arche Daybreak community in Toronto, where he shared his life with people with mental disabilities.
“When the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin learned that his cancer had returned and that he hadn’t long to live, he turned immediately to Henri Nouwen for spiritual support. This little book explains why. In concise and elegant language, Can You Drink the Cup? opens up Nouwen’s own life in Christ and enlarges ours. I loved the book—and needed it.”
Kenneth L. Woodward, Contributing Editor, Newsweek. “Can You Drink the Cup? weaves personal encounter, profound compassion for the Other, and the vibrant reality of God’s Word into a brilliant whole. It is, quite simply, a classic.”
Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology, The University of Notre Dame