The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
ISBN: 023252078X
EAN13: 9780232520781
Language: English
Pages: 151
Dimensions: 0.55" H x 8.19" L x 5.43" W
Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Format: Paperback

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

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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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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.