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Return of the Prodigal Son

Author: Henri J. M. Nouwen
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 385473079
Pages: 139
Year Printed:
A Story of Homecoming
Price$18.99 $19.94 with TAX

A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long 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 depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes 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, jealously, 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.


1. Rembrandt and the Younger son
2. The Younger Son Leaves
3. The Younger Son's Return
4. Rembrandt and the Elder Son
5. The Elder Son Leaves
6. The Elder Son's Return
7. Rembrandt and the Father
8. The Father Welcomes Home
9. The Father Calls for a Celebration
Becoming the Father
Epilogue: Living the Painting
COMMENTS from Readers

Book Dimensions: 14 x 21 cm.

Comments from people who have used this material:
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
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