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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And when I place myself in that story under the light of that divine love, it becomes painfully clear that leaving home is much closer to my spiritual experience than I might have thought.

It is pure grace and gift, whether it return of the prodigal son nouwen from God, parents, spouse, sibling or child or from me. Sep 02, Yari rated it it was amazing. As long as we live within the world’s delusions, our addictions condemn us to futile quests in “the distant country,” leaving us to face an endless series of disillusionments while our sense of self remains unfulfilled.

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The Return of the Prodigal Son

They want me to prove return of the prodigal son nouwen myself and others that I am worth being loved, and they keep pushing me to do everything possible to gain acceptance. Aug 17, Peter Blair rated it liked it Shelves: Dutch art and architecture — The Prodigal Son is one of the best known of Jesus’ teachings, but Nouwen uses an examination of Rembrandt’s rendition of the onuwen to analyze all of the characters involved and ask if, maybe, we miss the point of the parable, especially prodiagl the way that we tend to only identify with the prodigal himself.


Encounters With Merton Henri J. Yet the longer I am part of the community, the more that solidarity return of the prodigal son nouwen to be only a way station on the road to a much more lonely destination: In his reflection on Rembrandt in light of his own life journey, the author evokes a powerful drama of the parable in a rich, capativating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers.

He is, indeed, God, in whom both manhood and tne, fatherhood and motherhood, are fully present.

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Jan 02, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not only did I love this book, I found myself looking at art differently and even began to look at more Rembrandt painting. I find myself too just staring and meditating on particular aspects of the picture.

In his highly-acclaimed book of the same title, he shares the deeply personal meditation that return of the prodigal son nouwen him to discover the place within which God has chosen to dwell. A wonderful journey through a parable that is changing my life!

As I then reflect further on the painting, and as I read on, I see and agree that the entire painting presents “an enormous spiritual challenge. He revealed why this parable might well have been called “a parable of the lost sons”. A year later, on a trip to Russia, he spent two days in front of the picture at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg now taking in also the watchers at the right-hand sideand continued to think and write about it for the next four years.


Using Rembrandt’s painting, Return of the prodigal son nouwen Return of the Prodigal as inspiration, Henri Nouwen shares his journey in reflecting on the painting and the parable. I will never be able to read Luke 15 again without the bitter taste of false teaching in my mouth.

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Want return of the prodigal son nouwen Read Currently Reading Read. But, as Nouwen writes, “during his sixty-three years, Rembrandt saw not only his dear wife Saskia die, but also three sons, two daughters, and the two women with whom he lived. Nouwen has a way of writing that is warm, tender, and persuasive. One of his most famous works is Inner Voice of Lovehis diary from December to June during one of his most serious bouts with clinical depression.

Not Prepared to Donate? That impact with rock bottom or bedrock that finally cracks me open to receive is not always a visible deterioration, at least not necessarily visible to others.

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

Dives in misericordia Reconciliatio et paenitentia When Henri Nouwen stumbled across a poster of Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son he began a spiritual journey that would help him understand the biblical parable as well as the story of his own life.

It seems that wherever my virtuous self is, there also is the resentful complainer.

This book is testimony to the power of art to inspire and transform lives. And still it seems that my resentments and complaints are mysteriously tied to such praiseworthy attitudes.