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. 7 Sep Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming is an extended reflection on Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son as.

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Look, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. It is humbling to think that humans are incapable of truly fathoming the heart of God. Aren’t I the only one who feels this way? The book is divided into three parts; the younger son, the elder son, and the father.

The Return of the Prodigal Son: As long as we live within the world’s delusions, our addictions condemn us to futile quests in “the hebri country,” leaving us to face an endless series of disillusionments while our sense of self remains unfulfilled.

Book Review: The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

A complainer is hard to live with, and very few people know how to respond to the complaints made by a self-rejecting person. I leave home every time I lose faith in the voice that calls me the Beloved and prkdigal the voices that offer a great variety of ways to win the love I so much desire.

Naturally, unbiblical practice and adding “spiritual disciplines” that have more in common with paganism than Scripture will hhenri one’s theology. If you want to know what type of God we have in Christianity, then begin with this book and you will be proud that you are a Christian!

Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell. Oct 14, Tim rated it really liked it Shelves: While I don’t agree with all of Nouwen’s theology, this was a great book. Open Preview See a Problem? I must become like the father. See all books by Henri J. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

His insights into the human condition and how we relate to God rivaled those of any Reformed nouwwn counselor. I still think about his love as conditional and about home as a place I am not yet fully sure of.


Then there is the review of the older son who had remained home and his approach to this biblical episode. The younger son’s hsnri and bold demand for his share of his inheritance was tantamount to wishing his father dead. But, it is more than just a devotional book on the Biblical parable of the prodigal son; it is a devotional book on Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son as well. Several years ago, I wrote about my brief encounter with “contemplative Christianity”, which I was introduced to through the works of Brennan Manning, Richard Foster, and Basil Pennington.

I was encouraged by his firm grasp and pronouncement of the gospel, and by his vulnerability regarding his own flaws and trials. His eventual return home only happens when he understands his position retunr a true son who his heavenly Father loves unconditionally.

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It was a spiritual homecoming, What Nouwen says about Rembrandt’s interior light is not merely poetic whimsy; it can be seen quite clearly in his late paintings. During this time, he would give up his post at Harvard, go into retreat for a year, then take up a post as chaplain to the L’Arche Daybreak community in Toronto, a center for the mentally handicapped. A Story of Homecoming by Henri J. My heart grows heavy.

Jan 19, Marie “Notcheva” rated it it was ok. This site uses cookies. He immediately saw it in terms of God the Father receiving the repentant sinner, feeling that it was speaking directly to him.

This book has some crazily accurate descriptions of what a perverse need for human affirmation feels like, and how reception of God’s love is the answer. The book is dedicated to the author’s own father, for his ninetieth birthday.

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But nonetheless, he makes a sonn deal of Rembrandt as a prodigal son himself. This time, the story is touchingly retold in a fresh new way nouweb a famous painting of the same parable. This adventure, including much self-analysis and attempt at understanding himself and his vocation, is presented in the book.

He is my God I am His, He chose me. I read to really look at the finer points and detail of the both the painting and the story. Yet the longer I am part of the community, the more that pfodigal proves to be only a way station on the road to a much more lonely destination: Pls i want to read this book, help me out for God’s sake. Mar 01, Pages.


Even more so, perhaps, if the religion were Judaism, Buddhism, or Islam, since I would accept it as a belief that I personally have never shared, rather than seeing it as a reproach to the young man I no longer am.

Quotes from The Return of the He led me from the kneeling, disheveled young son to the standing, bent-over old father, from the place of being blessed to the place of blessing. Trivia About The Return of the To his surprise, not only did he find aspects of himself in the prodigal and old Another great book by Nouwen – this time, a reflection on Rembrandt’s painting of the Prodigal Son, found in the Hermitage in St. I believe this stems from his nouwwen to be vulnerable.

Whenever I express my complaints in the hope of evoking pity and receiving thr satisfaction I so much desire, the result is always the opposite of what I tried to get.

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri J.M. Nouwen

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. While I nouaen always engaged with some of the detailed art theory, that hte a majority of the book although it is the main reason I knocked off a star. Jan 02, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Each of the sons are recapitulated in Jesus–the true younger son who returb his home with the Father to welcome us back; and the true elder brother who loves and welcomes his wayward sibling.

I wish for one day that I could crawl into Henri Nouwen’s head and experience God as he does. Later still, he was persuaded that the most difficult task of all was to make himself worthy of becoming the father, in his own ministry and in his understanding of his relationship with God.

He goes on to share how each of us will e A wonderful journey through a parable that is changing my life! Nouwen sees himself in all three roles and invites the reader to recognize where they, too, might fit within the parable.