The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
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The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

By Henri J. M. Nouwen
Product Code: 9780385473071

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Dutch artist Rembrandt gifted the world beyond measure with his masterfully emotive work The Return of the Prodigal Son, which depicts the main characters in the Biblical parable. When Henri Nouwen randomly came across this painting one day, it spurred him onto a life-changing spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.

In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt's illumination of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen muses upon the several movements of the parable: the younger son's return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's vengefulness, and the father's compassion. 

In his reflection on Rembrandt in light of his own life journey, the author evokes the powerful drama of the parable in a rich, captivating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times.

For all who ask, "Where has my struggle led me?" or for those "on the road" who have had the courage to embark on the journey but seek the illumination of a known way and safe passage, this work will inspire and guide each time it is read.

"The Return of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful book, as beautiful in the simple clarity of its wisdom as in the terrible beauty of the transformation to which it calls us."
- New Oxford Review

Paperback. 160 pages.

ISBN-10: 0385473079
ISBN-13: 9780385473071

 
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