At one of the lowest points in his life Henri Nouwen gave a series of lectures on the importance of following Jesus in an age of anxiety. This new work from the archives of the Nouwen estate draws on those talks. It reveals the deep turmoil and sometimes chaotic inner life of the man who has become an icon of compassion and vulnerability for Christians and non-Christians alike. Nouwen writes eloquently about calling and purpose fear and hope and explains why with so many choices available to 21st century seekers – including atheism and secularism – the greatest reward for those looking for fulfilment is to choose belief in God. Along the way he offers warm insightful practical spiritual practices to help readers navigate the narrow sometimes arduous but ultimately fulfilling road of conviction and faith.