About the book
The gospel message applied to daily living for Christians in today's society.
During World War II, Father van Kaam hid Jews and Christians from the Nazis, often finding himself hiding with them. Together they read the last farewell of Jesus and it filled them with hope and promise. This event was to inspire him many years later to write The Tender Farewell of Jesus, a prayerful reading of the 17th chapter of the Gospel of John. It is full of insight and emotion that will help bring the last words of Jesus alive in your daily life. Van Kaam's desire is that each reader be moved to appreciate deeper their calling by the Holy Spirit to care for the poor and underprivileged of the world. It is the perfect book for anyone who seriously wants to deepen their spiritual life.
Fr. Adrian van Kaam has written many texts and poems in his distinguished career, but this one is especially tender and touches my heart. The words he uses to describe the content and intention of John 17 will transform the lives of all true disciples of Jesus into a living faith and love for all.
Adrian van Kaam has not only given us a superb commentary on Jesus' hymn of love; he has also read between the lines of Jesus' teaching to capture its transforming power. This is a book to be read and reread with the expectation that new treasures of insight and meaning await us each time.