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Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son Paperback – Deckle Edge, March 24, 2009
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RETURNING: REFLECTIONS ON THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON grew out of a series of lectures Nouwen presented as he immersed himself further in the desire to understand and embrace the meaning of the father's challenge to love his son and the son's challenge to receive that love. In thoughtful, incisive analyses of each character, Nouwen brings the parable to life and brilliantly illuminates the nature of what it means to love and to be loved.
Elegantly packaged and affordably priced, RETURNING: REFLECTIONS ON THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON is the perfect holiday gift for readers familiar with Nouwen's writings (more than two million copies of his books are currently in print), as well as those discovering his ageless wisdom for the first time.
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Henri Nouwen wrote over 40 books on spirituality and the spiritual life that have sold millions of copies and been translated into dozens of languages. His vision of spirituality was broad and inclusive, and his compassion embraced all of humankind.
He died in 1996. His work and his spirit live on.
Henri Nouwen pronounced his name "Henry Now-en." For more information on his life and work, please visit www.henrinouwen.org .
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It deals with the issues of belonging, forgiveness and home in new ways that I hadn't considered before.It is a sequel to THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL.
Beautifully crafted from Nouwen's notes and workshops, this book touches the deepest longings and fears of those who feel alienated by life and circumstances.
One of the best of Nouwen's books!
Never mind that Henri Nouwen died in 1996. Thanks to the hard work of a small group of Nouwen enthusiasts, it's now possible to participate in one of his retreats. His conferences and workshops were never professionally recorded during his lifetime, but a dedicated group has drawn together the contents of a three-day workshop Nouwen gave at a L'Arche community.
Home Tonight focuses on a topic close to Nouwen's heart, the parable of the Prodigal Son. The chapters of this book proceed as expected. They open with an examination of a particular facet of the parable. From there you're led to prayerful review, journaling, communing and, finally an assigned spiritual practice. Approach this intentionally. Clear your weekend schedule, gather your materials, and be prepared for an immersion in the wisdom of Henri Nouwen. You won't regret it.
As is often the case with Nouwen's books, I am again very aware that I'm being challenged through these heartfelt personal reflections to accept the love, forgiveness, and mercy of the Lord on a deeper level than I ever have before. This task is rather daunting because it's really difficult for me to accept love, especially unconditional love and forgiveness when I know (to some extent) how little I deserve it. There's a lot in me that still believes certain lies: that my worth comes more from what I do for others, can offer them, and help them with more than it has to do with my innate value as a Beloved Daughter of God. We are all God's Beloved Children, and I know intellectually that favor cannot be earned and isn't based on performance. I really don't understand that kind of love--especially when it comes to God and others loving me--but by golly, I'm sure going to keep trying if not to understand it, at least to absorb it.Read more ›
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Classic Henri Nouwen. From his books and weekend workshops on the prodigal. Powerful and penetrating.Published 10 months ago by Karen G.
If you THINK you've come a long with with the first book ..... BE PREPARED for the followup -- and not just the reading but the journaling. I don't want to hear your lame excuse. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Flypuppy
A great follow-up to the Return of the Prodigal Son which I have read several times. Henri Neuwon reveals the growth in his relationships and affords us choices to make in our... Read morePublished 10 months ago by john parent
This is a great companion with Nouwin's famous book, the Parable of the Prodigal son!Published 16 months ago by Helen
This book is well written and was very deep yet written in words that were simple to understand. It changed my thinking about my relationship with God.Published 23 months ago by msufan