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Return of the Prodigal Son : A Story of Homecoming [Paperback]

Henri J. M. Nouwen
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Darton Longman & Todd; 1st Edition edition (1997)
  • ASIN: B000S5K6X8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,805,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and down to earth 12 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Spiritual reflections on a painting of the Prodigal Son, taking off from the way the picture captured the authors imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Synthesis 23 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
Having "The Genesee Diary" many years ago, and upon learning of Nouwen's untimely death, I was surprised to learn that he had written over 30 books. I was, and continue to be, overwhelmed by hearing his talk on "The Prodidgal Son." This represents a magnificent synthesis of his lifetime of searching. The fact that his cascade of insights is triggered by the painting of a fellow Dutchman, Rembrandt, and a searching soul as well, is remarkable. Because Nouwen is both priest and psychologist, I found his insights to be even more pointed and thought-provoking. When listening to this tape while driving, I have often pulled off the road because I was stunned by his cutting right to the core of so many issues. This could only come from a lifetime of struggling.
Native Americans believe in the healing power of stories. Jesus was, among other things, a story teller. Nouwen tells his own story of going out and returning, using the prodigal son parable as a framework, in these talks. This is truly a warm, wonderful, and deeply human volume. I highly recommend it.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully depicts art as a reflection of the inner life. 3 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
The lives of Rembrandt and the author take vivid shape before the mind's eye of the reader as Henri Nouwen tells the history of Rembrandt's painting. Rembrandt's famous canvas is inextricably intertwined with the story of the painter's own life and, as the author movingly shares, Rembrandt's experience was so powerfully human that it transcends generations and centuries and resonates clearly with contemporary women and men. The Return of the Prodigal Son may be said to be much more than the story of a painting; it is a beautiful story of love conveyed by Rembrandt through his painting.
In as much as love may be considered both human and spiritual, the reader is invited in to the intimacy of two men's deeply human and profoundly spiritual journeys though life. Despite life's suffering and bitterness, the author and the painter share their reasons for maintaining a firm grip on hope and inner peace. This is wonderful jewel of a book that has yet to be discovered and appreciated for it full worth - at least judging by its sales rank.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story of Homecoming 10 Mar 1999
By Francisco Bastitta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
The spiritual genious, Henri Nouwen, carves on paper an enlighting personal experience of Love. By contemplating Rembrandt's masterpiece; "The return of the prodigal son", the author reveals an aparently hidden road to happiness, and impells us to follow his steps towards a deep conversion. It is our own story, one of a long journey away from the Father, pursuing things that keep us far from his motherly womb. He offers always his gentle and healing embrace. Let us walk along with Henri Nouwen towards our home, our Peace, and our true Joy, to the arms of this everforgiving Father.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 11 Mar 2000
By Vickie Klick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
I found this book very moving. It changed how I think about the story of the Prodigal Son, and how I think about my own spiritual journey. Highly recommended. If you read the Genessee Diary and related to Nouwen's personal reflections there, you will get even more out of The Return of the Prodigal Son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of the Prodigal Son 21 Mar 2011
By Gene A. Brodland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was a fantastic book if you like fine art. Nouwen does an indepth study of Rembrants painting of the prodigal son. It makes the art piece really meaningful. The interesting thing is that Nouwen focuses a lot of attention on the older son and his envy, a view that I had never had before.
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