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

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Darton, Longman & Todd, Limited, 1992 - God - 151 pages
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A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandtís painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son, catapulted Henri Nouwen into a long spiritual adventure. In his highly-acclaimed book of the same title, he shares the deeply personal meditation that led him to discover the place within which God has chosen to dwell. This Lent course, which has been adapted from the book, helps us to reflect on the meaning of the parable for our own lives. Divided into five sessions, the course moves through the parable exploring our reaction to the story: the younger sonís leaving and return, the fatherís restoration of sonship, the elder sonís resentment and the fatherís compassion. All of us who have experienced loneliness, dejection, jealousy or anger will respond to the persistent themes of homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation. Each session contained on the CD includes extracts from the book by Henri Nouwen, and background information about Henri Nouwenís life, as well as suggestions for reflection. Notes for Group Leaders and written questions for group discussion are also included in the enclosed booklet.

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A small book full of love and deep insights. - Goodreads
At times the writing seemed forced and contrived. - Goodreads
Great book, but not a "page turner". - Goodreads
I love Nouwen's writing. - Goodreads
I found his insights very valuable. - Goodreads
good insights and interpretation of the parable. - Goodreads

Review: The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

User Review  - Meshach Kanyion - Goodreads

A lot of great insights and, for a personal reflection, it was very thought provoking. I am only giving it 3 stars because my expectations were a 5 based off the recommendations of many. Had I approached it blindly I would've rated it higher. Read full review

Review: The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

User Review  - Perri - Goodreads

A very short but dense work. The author becomes captivated by Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son and shares with the reader profoundly, enlightening spiritual insights. Read full review

About the author (1992)

He was born in the Netherlands in 1932. An ordained priest and gifted teacher, he taught at several universities including Notre Dame, Harvard and Yale. He was a missionary in Peru. He died of a heart attack in 1996.

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