The Return Of The Prodigal Son: A Story Of Homecoming by Henri J.M. NouwenThe Return Of The Prodigal Son: A Story Of Homecoming by Henri J.M. Nouwen

The Return Of The Prodigal Son: A Story Of Homecoming

byHenri J.M. Nouwen

Paperback | March 1, 1994

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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, this work will inspire.

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.

"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

Henri J.M. Nouwen was a Dutch-born Catholic priest, professor, and pastor, who gained international renown as the author of over 30 books on the spiritual life, including such classics as The Wounded Healer, The Inner Voice of Love, and Reaching Out. Nouwen's books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold upw...
Title:The Return Of The Prodigal Son: A Story Of HomecomingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.18 × 5.37 × 0.46 inPublished:March 1, 1994Publisher:The Crown Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0385473079

ISBN - 13:9780385473071

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Profetic This is an excellent book that allows us to look at our lives from the three aspects of the characters in the book. We must each deal with all three persons as we live out our lives.However eventually we must all become the father figure. This shows the love of God the Father for us and how we are all welcomed home no matter how often we reject him. It is an excellent book for personal grow and requires more than one reading to extract all that it has to give.
Date published: 2010-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small book with Huge Impact You will pick up this small book, and be drawn in by it's basic use of a classic work of art as inspiration and explanation of a biblical principle. Henri Nouwen draws you into his life, his struggles, and thoughts, and through them you begin to understand your own. You will begin to see your face in the painting of the prodigal son. Highly recommend this book. It is a small book only because no word is wasted. Nouwen is gifted at explaining the complex in such a real way, you will remember it.
Date published: 2005-12-12

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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