Learning from Henri Nouwen & Vincent Van Gogh: A portrait of the compassionate life

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader


Carol A. Berry






Hard cover book


135 pages


Henri Nouwen was an internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor. His views on the compassionate life and character of Vincent Van Gogh certainly opened my eyes to something new about this famous Impressionist painter, one of my favorites.

The author, Carol A. Berry, was a student of Nouwen and writes of Van Gogh’s life and compassion for the poor and needy through her studies with the famous professor.  The small but beautiful book is filled with paintings, some well-known and others not so much, that give us insight into the character and even life choices that Van Gogh made.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Especially those interested in art, artists and in particular, Vincent Van Gogh

Christian Impact:

This book will give most readers a new viewpoint on artist Vincent Van Gogh.

Other Notes:

Filled with many paintings done by Van Gogh!

Learning from Henri Nouwen and Vincent Van Gogh: A Portrait of the Compassionate Life

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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