- Paperback: 151 pages
- Publisher: Image Books / Doubleday Publishing Group; Reissue edition (March 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385473079
- ISBN-13: 978-0385473071
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 765 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Most people know that they have rebellious patterns in their life and feel like a prodigal child at times. They want to be forgiven, they want to start over. They know a change needs to be made, but where do you start...
This book gives answers to these questions, but more then that I show us that we also need to deal with the other elder brother who is inside each of us. The brother who feels slighted, used, looked over, unappreciated, etc. That soul is also hurting and needs some love and forgiveness.
But the kicker in this book is... That eventually we all need to become the loving forgiving FATHER, to help others through our forgiveness and personal blessing. We have all been the two brothers. We now need to nurture ourselves and grow in to the adult Father or Mother for all the little prodigal children that come our way. Blessings
This book should be required reading for entry into adulthood, into marriage, into parenthood, as well as entering middle age, not to mention before taking on the label of "elderly".
There is no greater compliment than being called Mom or Dad. Here is the instruction manual needed to properly execute the job associated with the title. And, by the way, it also lays out the path to be traveled in route to the Pearly Gates.