The Return of the Prodigal Son : A Story of Homecoming, Paperback Book

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

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A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son, catapulted Henri Nouwen into a long spiritual adventure. In his highly-acclaimed book of the same title, he shares the deeply personal meditation that led him to discover the place within which God has chosen to dwell. This Lent course, which has been adapted from the book, helps us to reflect on the meaning of the parable for our own lives.

Divided into five sessions, the course moves through the parable exploring our reaction to the story: the younger son's leaving and return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's resentment and the father's compassion. All of us who have experienced loneliness, dejection, jealousy or anger will respond to the persistent themes of homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation.

Each session contained on the CD includes extracts from the book by Henri Nouwen, and background information about Henri Nouwen's life, as well as suggestions for reflection. Notes for Group Leaders and written questions for group discussion are also included in the enclosed booklet.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, Black and white illustrations
  • Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780232520781



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Nouwen's meditations on Rembrandt's painting and Luke's Parable of the Prodigal Son provide a rich resource for looking afresh at the biblical narrative and engaging on a personal basis with the heart of God. You must read this book!

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I almost feel bad giving this a bad review since so many people have loved it, but I was disappointed in it. I'd heard so many wonderful things about it, and then when I read it, I was looking forward to the end of it. I personally thought he focused a little too much on the painting and while I wouldn't have minded some mentioning of the painting, I almost thought the talk of the painting was to help stretch the book into a longer length. While this is an all time favorite book of one of my friends, I can't say the same for myself even though I went into reading it very much ready to enjoy it!

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