Can You Drink the Cup?
You can't judge a book by its size! This small, unassuming book by the late Henri Nouwen is packed, cover to cover, with a concept that will really make you think about your role here on Earth.
This book closely examines Matthew 20:22 - "You don't know what you are asking, "Jesus said to them. Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" What does it mean to "drink the cup?"
Nouwen breaks drinking wine down into 3 steps - holding, lifting and drinking - and talks about what each step really means. Holding is examining ourselves and looking critically at who we really are - skills, abilities, shortcomings. He compares the cup to life, Jesus gave his life (blood) for us, so it is not only our life, but that of others as well. Lifting the cup is sharing and joining with others - being able to be honest with each other and work together for the good of the Kingdom and life here on earth. Drinking the cup is fully trusting God and embracing unconditional love, being ready to deal with the consequences of living as Jesus did.
Henri Nouwen uses stories from his own life as he explains the process of holding, lifting, and drinking. This is a quick and interesting read - only 123 pages - that might help give you a new perspective on a life worth living. ~ Donna
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.