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The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming Paperback – Deckle Edge, March 1, 1994
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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
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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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He learned how to move from the 'shame' of his woundedness to the joy of watching that very same woundedness become a source of healing and blessing in the service of others. That, truly, is the astonishing meaning of the "Gospel". 'By His stripes, we are healed', and by our wounds, others may be as well when we give those wounds to Him and let them transform them into something redemptive.