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The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming is a spiritual adventure story. A chance encounter with a poster depicting a detail of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son set in motion a chain of events that enabled Nouwen to redefine and claim his vocation late in his life. In this book, which interweaves elements of art history, memoir, Midrash, and self-help, Nouwen brings the parable to life with empathic analyses of each character. Nouwen's absorption in the story (and the painting) is so complete that the father's challenge to love the son, and the son's challenge to receive that love, become Nouwen's own. And Nouwen's writing is so clear and his tone is so appealingly frank and humble that readers--no matter how far from home--will find hope for themselves in the prodigal peace Nouwen ultimately achieves. --Michael Joseph Gross
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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Read with a group of 10 ladies as part of our Catholic Book group that meets monthly. Excellent discussion on which personality of this painting and parable we were: the prodigal... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Douglas R. Tymkiw
This was a great book! Nouwen's thoughtful and deep reflections on Christ's parable are evident in his discussion of Rembrandt's painting. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Charles M. Davis
I was required to buy this book for a religion class I was taking. I was a nice book to read. We had to write a report on the book.Then review our classmates reports. Read morePublished 17 days ago by heather day
Outstanding read. Gives one a different look on the meanings of the parable and the members of the family.Published 18 days ago by Lost