Return Of The Prodigal Son: A Meditation on Fathers, Brothers, and Sons

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Return Of The Prodigal Son: A Meditation on Fathers, Brothers, and Sons

by Henri Nouwen

The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group | March 1, 1994 | Trade Paperback

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A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt''s The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.

In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt''s depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger son''s return, the father''s restoration of sonship, the elder son''s vengefulness, and the father''s compassion. In his reflection on Rembrandt in light of his own life journey, the author evokes a powerful drama of the parable in a rich, capativating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times.

For all who ask, "Where has my struggle led me?" or for those "on the road" who have had the courage to embark on the journey but seek the illumination of a known way and safe passage, this work will inspire and guide each time it is read.


"The Return of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful book, as beautiful in the simple clarity of its wisdom as in the terrible beauty of the transformation to which it calls us." --New Oxford Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 3.22 × 2.11 × 0.18 in

Published: March 1, 1994

Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385473079

ISBN - 13: 9780385473071

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Return Of The Prodigal Son: A Meditation on Fathers, Brothers, and Sons

by Henri Nouwen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 3.22 × 2.11 × 0.18 in

Published: March 1, 1994

Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385473079

ISBN - 13: 9780385473071

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A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt''s The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.

In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt''s depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger son''s return, the father''s restoration of sonship, the elder son''s vengefulness, and the father''s compassion. In his reflection on Rembrandt in light of his own life journey, the author evokes a powerful drama of the parable in a rich, capativating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times.

For all who ask, "Where has my struggle led me?" or for those "on the road" who have had the courage to embark on the journey but seek the illumination of a known way and safe passage, this work will inspire and guide each time it is read.


"The Return of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful book, as beautiful in the simple clarity of its wisdom as in the terrible beauty of the transformation to which it calls us." --New Oxford Review

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The beloved spiritual writer meditates on the parable of the prodigal son''s return -- a powerful drama of fatherhood, filial duty, rivalry, and anger between brothers -- and its enduring lessons for Christianity.
Full-color photographs with gatefold.

About the Author

Henri J.M. Nouwen was born in the Netherlands, where he was ordained to the priesthood. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame, Yale Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School. His works include Creative Ministry, The Wounded Healer, Reaching Out, In the Name of Jesus, and Beyond The Mirror. In 1986 he became the pastor of the L''Arche Daybreak community in Toronto, Canada.

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The splendid challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son is the overriding message of this beloved spiritual writer's deeply personal and resonant meditation on the parable of the return of the prodigal son, as inspired by Rembrandt's painted masterpiece
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