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The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming Paperback – Deckle Edge, March 1, 1994
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Had I not read the convincing "portrayal" of this truth by Fr. Nouwen, I would not have believed it. This truth puts a whole new meaning to "being a member of God's household" - to be fully in the Father's house is to be a living extension of the Father's home, which is always welcoming! This is indeed a "high calling," and one that inspires me to strive even harder to cease allowing self-centeredness to hold me back.
Henri Nouwen is a master of reflection, study, self-knowledge, and of writing beautiful, profound books. This book is amazing, perhaps life-changing. It has spoken to me in profound and deep ways, and I am deeply thankful for it.
Nouwen's main message, I think, is the unconditional, unfailing, all-surpassing love of the Father, this love that meets all needs easily. He puts himself in the place of the younger son, the older son, and the father, and considers this love - and the things that keep us from fully experiencing it - in all of these places, places that ring universal.
The media of realization here is the parable of course, but also Rembrandt's painting, Return of the Prodigal Son. It is profoundly helpful, fun, and provoking to consider this representation of the story and let it work spiritually in us, as it has in Father Henri. This book has more than opened my heart to the love of my Father, it has given me a new love for art, and a side education on Rembrandt and one of his most famous paintings.
In short, this is another truly rare, truly wonderful book from a modern mystic. Nouwen will be remembered, I hope, alongside Augustine, Lewis, and others I have yet to discover but now believe exist.
"Home is the center of my being where I can hear the voice that says: "You are my Beloved, on you my favor rests"-the same voice that gave life to the first Adam and spoke to Jesus, the second Adam; the same voice that speaks to all children of God and sets them free to live in the midst of a dark world while remaining in the light. I have heard that voice. It has spoken to me in the past and continues to speak to me now.Read more ›
Henri Nouwen used his experiences and feelings surrounding the Rembrandt painting "Return of the Prodigal Son" coupled with time as the father at a group home for the severely handicapped as a back drop for this book. But it is not a book that is about his time at the home, nor it is a book that really reflects that he is a catholic priest. It has a universal message and is based squarely on scripture revolving around the story of the prodigal as well as insights gained from Rembrandt's painting
The pleasant yet challenging surprise of the book is how Nouwen takes the logical path from rebellious son through older brother and landing finally at the role of father and how the Father Himself calls us to become as He is. It is the first time I have read or heard a teaching that moves from the unrelenting love that the father has for the son in the story to the idea that God is calling us not just to accept His love as the younger son does once he realizes how lost he had become, but how God is calling us to become like Him and love the rebellious and lost as He does.
I found it very interesting how Nouwen see parts of Rembrandt's work as being reflections of or symbols of something great and true. These insights made the book more interesting than just a simple bible lesson on an old and familiar story.
Whether you find yourself in a foreign land or just outside the Fathers House, or whether you tend to feel a bit resentful that you're "following all the rules" and yet things just don't seem quite right this book has something important and powerful to say to you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully woven story around Rembrandt's painting and the Biblical account of the prodigal son, with many new perspectives and ways of looking at all the characters that I had... Read morePublished 4 days ago by T. Patnode
Interesting although I found Nouwen ultimately depressed in his resignation to live the life that he thinks God has chosen for him.Published 6 days ago by Julie C. Wang
Highly recommend. Our pastor recommended we read this to go along with a series he was doing and as usual he was right. Read morePublished 7 days ago by DS
This is the second time I have read this deeply inspirational work. Father Nouwen shows in this, a multifaceted look at the well known parable of The Prodigal Son as never before... Read morePublished 7 days ago by jim
A bit too detailed in some aspects - such as Nouwen's life at the time he meditated with the painting. Read morePublished 9 days ago by RLH
This is a story of Nouwen's spiritual (uncompleted) journey to acceptance of Grace. Rembrandt's Prodigal Son becomes the model for Nouwen.
Good read and spiritually practical.
I suppose that I was expecting to be a bit more inspired by this story. Henri Nouwen, who is a Christian Priest, seems to feel very guilty about who he is, as this comes across... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Bloomart
Every Christian should read this book. We all have both sons and the father in us. The author shows us how to become the father.Published 12 days ago by John A. Rhodes