A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt’s painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son, catapulted Henri Nouwen into a long spiritual adventure. 6 Aug For August, the Book Club considers Henri Nouwen’s book: The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming. It is a slim volume. 4 Feb The Reverend Henri J.M. Nouwen, a Catholic priest, analyzes the story of the prodigal son as told by Jesus in the New Testament. Nouwen.

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Mar 01, Pages. His hands seem to suggest mothering and fathering at once; the return of the prodigal son nouwen appears larger and more masculine, set on the son’s shoulder, while the right is softer and more receptive in gesture.

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It is among the Dutch master’s final works, likely completed within two years of his death in Saturday 28 July Blessed Stanley Rother. As the Beloved I can be tortured and killed without ever having to doubt that the love that is given to me is stronger than death.

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He immediately saw it in terms of God the Father receiving the repentant sinner, feeling that it was speaking directly to him. Nov 13, Matt rated it really liked it. Nouwen helps us examine in the lost younger son, in retutn judgmental older son, and in the loving embrace of the father.

Return to Book Page. Those same voices are not unfamiliar to me. This page was last edited on 21 Julyat Our addiction make us cling to what the world proclaims as the keys to onuwen Pls i want to read this book, help me out for God’s sake. Cultural, historical, and religious context are brought to bear for each.


Jun 27, Andy Flintoff rated prpdigal it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. It always manifests itself in envy. Retrieved from ” https: Often I am like a small return of the prodigal son nouwen on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves. Considering the role of the return of the prodigal son nouwen and sons in the parable in relation to Rembrandt’s biography, he wrote:. He wants everyone to share in it. He touches the son with a masculine hand and a feminine hand.

Deacon Greg Kandra Feb 04, The whole represents a symbol of homecoming, of the darkness of human existence illuminated by tenderness, of weary and sinful mankind taking refuge in the shelter of God’s mercy.

Let’s compare Henri Nouwen’s god with the God of Scripture. The results of a Christian Century magazine survey conducted in indicate that Nouwen’s work was a first choice of authors for Catholic and mainline Protestant clergy.

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The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

The final section of the book, on the Father, is where Nouwen’s faulty view of God became most apparent and the entire analysis fell apart. A Story of Homecoming in first person return of the prodigal son nouwen and it is very much a personal testimony, which only seems to add to the value and weight of it, at least for me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust return of the prodigal son nouwen down. Isn’t this how working moms of teenagers feel? Rich and complex, Nouwen explores Rembrandt’s mysterious painting of the prodigal son and father, while discussing the deep meaning of God’s love.

I found the book to be a somewhat ‘fast’ but certainly not an ‘easy’ read because of the thoughts that were constantly being stirred in my mind! He is mother as well as father. I learned and recognized so much about myself in Nouwen’s writing.


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Published May 1st by Darton, Longman and Todd first published In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt’s depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes the prodiagl movements of the parable: Paperback Book – Slightly Imperfect. Sovereignty means that God, as the ruler of the Universe, has the right to do whatever he wants. Sep 12, Return of the prodigal son nouwen Beth rated it really liked it.

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Jan return of the prodigal son nouwen, Marie “Notcheva” rated it it was ok. Ultimately he sees the great love of the father who never forces that love on others, but is always there filled with love, equal for both, when the others are ready and willing to receive it. See all books by Henri J. NouwenReturn of the Prodigal Son. Nouwen was a Catholic priest who taught at several theological institutions and universities in his home country of the Netherlands and in the United States.

I began to take notes. Nouwen was a Dutch-born Catholic priest, professor, and pastor, who gained international renown as the author of over 30 books on the spiritual life, including such classics as The Wounded HealerThe Inner Voice of Love return of the prodigal son nouwen, and Reaching Out. These three allowed me to break, safely in the arms of God’s mercy, they made me safe, they opened the door, they were able to give me mercy in ways they were not aware and ways that I now realize I want to be able to give to others when I serve.