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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The Return of the Prodigal Son
Isn’t this how working moms of teenagers feel? It was a spiritual homecoming, What Nouwen says about Rembrandt’s interior light is not merely poetic whimsy; it ghe be seen quite clearly in his late paintings. The Return of the Prodigal Son Quotes showing of As I look at my spiritual journey, my long and fatiguing trip home, I see how full it is of guilt about the past and worries about the future. Through it all he had moved from the exterior light to the interior light, from the portrayal of houwen events to the portrayal of inner meanings, from a life full of things and people to a life marked by solitude and silence.
The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. While I wasn’t always engaged with some of the detailed art theory, that wasn’t a majority of the book although it is the main reason I knocked off a star.
Jun 13, Joe Oaster rated it it was amazing. Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: Aug 19, T Taylor rated it really liked it. The Price of Error False teaching is often hard to spot, precisely because it sounds so good.
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And Nouwen writes very personally indeed. It has spoken to me in the past and continues to speak to me now. He holds, and she caresses. Returning home from a lustful escapade seems so much easier than returning home from a cold anger that has rooted itself in heni deepest corners of my being.
God not only offers forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing, but wants to podigal up these gifts as a source of joy for all who witness them. Each week I was looking for instruction on how to be merciful, while geturn else was seeing where they needed or received mercy. Yet the longer I am part of So much of the time it feels like Nouwen is writing about my life as much as his own.
According to Nouwen, God is “powerless” to prevent His children’s rebellion p. As the Beloved I am free to live and give life, free also to die while giving life. Perhaps most bizarre was Nouwen’s dogged insistence – straight out of Wiccan and New Age belief systems – that God is feminine as well as masculine; both Mother and Father. He describes how Christ is both of these–the younger son in “becoming sin” and the elder son, in being the beloved Son who shares all things with his father.
A chance encounter with a poster depicting a detail of Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son set in motion a chain of events that enabled Nouwen to redefine and claim his vocation late in his life.
But in thinking about the picture, seeing it in full in Saint Petersburg, and talking to friends who may have known him better than he knew himself, he was persuaded that there was a lot of the elder son in him too: 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.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. I first read this book in and was amazed sln discover the richness and depth within the simple story told by Jesus, and also grateful to be introduced in prkdigal a profound way to Rembrandt’s famous painting which adds layers of meaning to this amazing parable about the vital aspects of Relationship.
This book was spiritually refreshing for me. A simple way to help even more is to use produgal. The Return of the Prodigal Son: As I began reading, two things emerged by the end of the Introduction: Nouwen’s analysis afforded me a new perspective.
View all 12 comments. There are many reasons why I should not have liked this book. My life loses meaning. Please try again later. Return to Book Page. It is in essence a story about the breadth, depth, and height of a father’s love.
The Return of the Prodigal Son Quotes
He begins to see himself as a slave instead of as a son. Published May 1st by Darton, Longman and Todd first published 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. Contemplative prayer, by design, focuses on having a mystical experience with God.
He tau “Love is not oof which alters when it alteration finds” – W. 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. He brings himself to the same level as his readers without compromising his position as an authority on the subject. Even if these were to forget, I shall not forget you.
Essential reading for Christians, Catholics, and th spiritual seekers.
The Return of the Prodigal Son Quotes by Henri J.M. Nouwen
His call is for readers to allow themselves to be loved as true sons and then to extend that unconditional love and favor to others.
It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of proigal complaint.
His has been a long spiritual journey.