ISBN: 0385473079
EAN13: 9780385473071
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 1, 1994
Pages: 151
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 8.11" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

With over a million copies sold, this classic work is essential reading for all who ask, Where has my struggle led me?

A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on an unforgettable 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.

As Nouwen reflects on Rembrandt's painting in light of his own life journey, he evokes a powerful drama of the classic parable in a rich, captivating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers. Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger son's return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's resentfulness, and the father's compassion. 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 God loves, and to be loved as God's beloved, will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and is here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times.

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   Moving toward the light
The Sunday school class at St. Francis Episcopal read this book for four weeks. Many of us were able to think about our place in the world in a new way thanks to the poster of the prodigal son that was available through Amazon and Nouwen's reflection on the parable. Our conversations have turned to how well we are moving toward the father. We have a new understanding of how often we stand firmly in the grip of the elder son. It is difficult to move toward the light.
   Awesome and accessible spiritual food
This book is great. Rembrandt's painting of the parable of the Prodigal Son is one of my favorite paintings and I have never looked at it through the lens of a biblical scholar. Henri Nouwen's book is both accessible and spiritual at the same time. The world and our own lack of self-esteem can affect our relationship with God. The perspective of the artist and the figures in the painting are reflected in the chapters. Nouwen shows how the painting and the story reflect issues in his own relationship with God, as well as steps to correct the problems. I think this book is very good.
   Do you ever feel like a prodigal child?
Everyone should read this book. I have purchased extra copies to give to people. Most people feel like a prodigal child at times, because they have rebelled in their life. They want to be forgiven and start over. They know a change needs to be made, but where do you begin? The answers to these questions are given in the book, but I show them that we need to deal with the other elder brother who is inside of us. The brother who feels slighted, used, looked over, and unappreciated. The soul needs some love and forgiveness. The kicker in this book is that eventually we all need to become the loving forgiveness FATHER to help others. The two brothers have all been us. We need to nurture ourselves and grow in to the adult Father or Mother for the little children that come our way. Thank you for the blessings.
   The Best
I consider this book a work of art, a wonderful devotional book, a profound book of psychology, and something as close to scriptural authority as any book I know. It speaks of the three main characters in the parable, and each is done with great depth and insight. Nouwen's book uses Rembrandt's masterpiece in oil to enter that category of profound art value. It's the highest recommendation. You can learn about yourself in the process by reading this. Masterful.
   Love this book
Father Martin's book recommended this book to me. Through the masterpiece painting of The Prodigal Son, he opens up a lot about himself. The Prodigal Son was read at Mass as I was reading this book. I am reading more of Henri Nouwen's writings. This is a gem, I recommend it very highly.
   A Whole New Ballgame
It was a very personal and thought- provoking interaction with the text. The Rembrandt painting. One should study any painting by sitting in front of it for hours and asking why. The new understanding of the prodigal son, his older brother, and the father is amazing. I'm very thankful to have this book.
   Wonderful, Life-Changing
You will love this book if you are touched by the account of the Prodigal Son. It's small, but moving. The Rembrandt painting of the Return of the Prodigal Son fascinated Henri Nouwen so much that he wrote a book about it. If we put ourselves in the place of each of the three main characters, we can learn a lot from this. It was one of those books that changed my life.
   Expanding My Understanding
The painting inspired by the biblical story of the Prodigal Son was the subject of the story. Mr. Nouwen does not only focus on the prodigal, but also on the older brother as well as the father, where our focus rarely rests when we read the story in scriptures. I want to learn more about the love of our heavenly Father for us, yet everything he says fits with what I've learned. He helps us to understand what a relationship with our Father needs to contain. I plan to read the book many times.
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Henri Nouwen's book, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming? is a book filled with insight into Rembrandt's life, Rembrandt's painting, "The Return of the Prodigal Son" and into the life of Henri Nouwen, the book's author. The reader is drawn into all aspects of the book and is invited through Mr. Nouwen's insightful writing to examine and to be reflective of one's own personal life. The author challenges his reader to picture themselves as each of the characters in Rembrandt's painting and thus the reader envisions the painting in their mind as if the reader were one of Rembrandt's own character subjects. The author's descriptive approach to Rembrandt's painting and yet deeply personal reflection is worth the time and reflection necessary to elicit one's own examination of a life reflected by Rembrandt's vision, as the reader ponders throughout the Nouwen's book, one's own homecoming.
The current publishing run of the book is incorrect. The Bible Study group was going to read this book. I opened my book to begin reading. The interior pages of Untangled are a self help book on raising teenage daughters. People in my group also received books that were incorrect. The replacement book was also wrong. This book will not be available until the current publishing run is correct. Not sure if it would be the same problem with other book sellers. I contacted the publishing company and they sent a pre-programmed reply thanking me for my inquiry, but I'm not sure if this will be corrected anytime soon.