The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

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Crown Publishing Group, Nov 20, 2013 - Religion - 160 pages

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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Outstanding!

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I bought this book to re-read and keep on my shelf, but I was moved to give it to an Orthodox friend as I enthusiastically recounted my own experience after my first read! This is a life-altering ... Read full review

Execllent dipiction of the Christian Life

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As Christian we are the Father/Mother that even though humiliated by children still continues to care and love them and is always ready to welcome them back into the fold not looking on their faults ... Read full review

Contents

The Story of Two Sons and Their Father
2
Encounter with a Painting
19
Rembrandt and the Younger Son
29
The Younger Sons Return
45
THE ELDER SON
61
The Elder Son Leaves
67
The Elder Sons Return
77
THE FATHER
92
The Father Welcomes Home
98
The Father Calls for a Celebration
110
Becoming the Father
120
Living the Painting
134
Notes
140
Acknowledgments
150
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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 upwards of seven million copies worldwide, resonating with people across the religious, spiritual, cultural, and political spectrum. Since his death in 1996, ever-increasing numbers of readers, writers, teachers, and seekers have been guided by his literary legacy.

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