The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

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Image, 1994 - Religion - 151 pages
The beloved spiritual writer meditates on the parable of the prodigal son's return -- a powerful drama of fatherhood, filial duty, rivalry, and anger between brothers -- and its enduring lessons for Christianity.

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Probably THE BEST SPIRITUAL BOOK I have ever read. Had to read it numerous times, because there was always something new I had missed in previous readings. I love the premise -- the detailed analysis ... Read full review

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I'm surprised to say I really liked this book. I have always disliked this parable, simply because I always believed that the elder brother was right to feel the way he did, and that the father's ... 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
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Henri J.M. Nouwen was born in the Netherlands, where he was ordained to the priesthood. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame, Yale Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School. His works include Creative Ministry, The Wounded Healer, Reaching Out, In the Name of Jesus, and Beyond The Mirror. In 1986 he became the pastor of the L'Arche Daybreak community in Toronto, Canada.

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