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.

As God’s chosen child, I have a choice in how I will view the world around me. I am able to add values to others because I’m operating from a place of authenticity and wholeness. As a result, light is dispersed into the universe while darkness takes a back seat.

I highly recommend this book for anybody who has wrestled with their 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.