The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming review Ø 9

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The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming review Ø 9 Ï [Read] ➼ The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming ➹ Join or create book clubs – With over a million copies sold this classic work is essential reading for all who ask Where has my struggle led meA chanGod has chosen to dwellAs Nouwen reflects on Rembrandts painting in light of his own life journey he evokes a powerful drama of the classic parable in a rich captivating way that is Return of the PDF #8608 sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable the younger sons return the fathers restoration of sonship the elder sons resentfulness and the fathers co. This book is terrific I am a biblical scholar I have a master's degree in Biblical Languages and I have never looked at the parable of the Prodigal Son through the lens of Rembrandt's painting although that particular parable is one of my favorites and Rembrandt is my favorite painter Henri Nouwen's book is accessible and spiritually filling at the same time Each chapter reminds us of how the world and our own lack of self esteem can interfere with our relationship with the all loving God The book is broken up into chapters that reflect the perspective of the artist and the figures in the painting who reflect the characters in the parable Nouwen reveals how the painting and the story reflect issues in his own relationship with God and issues that no doubt affect our relationship with God as well as steps to correct the problems I recommend this book highly

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Mpassion The themes of homecoming affirmation and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who Return of the Prodigal Son PDF or have known loneliness dejection jealousy or anger The challenge to love as God loves and to be loved as Gods beloved will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time and is here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our time. The story known as the Prodigal Son as told by Jesus in modern English commences the bookThis is followed by a description of how the author came across a poster of an original painting by Rembrandt from the Baroue period He was so taken by the painting that he longed to see the original kept at the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg He says A seemingly insignificant encounter with a poster presenting a detail of Rembrandt's ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’ set in motion a long spiritual adventure that brought me to a new understanding of my vocation and offered me new strength to live it At the heart of this adventure is a seventeenth century painting and its artist a first century parable and its author and a twentieth century person in search of life's meaningThe main body of the book is presented in three sections The younger son The author states “Only when I have the courage to explore in depth what it means to leave home can I come to a true understanding of the return” He looks honestly at the reality that evokes a deep understanding of the mystery of compassion and the betrayal of the treasured values of family and community displayed by the younger son in leaving home Henri Nouwen states probably correctly that than any other story in the Gospels the parable of the prodigal son expresses the boundlessness of God’s compassionate loveWe are challenged with the uestion “To whom do I belong to God or to the world” As a reader I was forced to uestion my personal reactions when I receive human criticism and rejection; human praise and occasional success Do I actually place too much emphasis on the approval of my peers It has encouraged me in my endeavour to place God’s approval of me much highly than that of my fellowsThe author reminds us that the younger son returned with nothing no money poor health dishonour no self respect and a ruined reputation; but a rediscovery of his deepest selfInterestingly Henri Nouwen suggests that Jesus himself became a willing prodigal for our sake Not as a rebellious but as an obedient son sent to bring home all the lost children of God He goes on to describe how this makes the sonship of Jesus and our sonship ‘one’ Like so many passages of this book it is well worthy of deeper studyThe elder son perhaps the most difficult character of this story to write about Henri Nouwen brings out the resentment felt by the elder son and of how he empathises with him having been the elder son in his own family He discusses the possible sense of envy felt by the elder brother for his younger brother linking this with the feeling that some Christians who have been loyally following Christ for many years have when a new Christian gains all the benefits of being a member of the family of Christ This reviewer well remembers an elderly Christian lady uestioning why someone who repents at the end of their life should enjoy the same benefits in heaven as she who had lived a disciplined Christian life hoped to gain She missed the point that the joy of living the Christian life is its own reward whilst living it Perhaps her Christian experience was after all ‘joyless’ and needed some remedial attention Perhaps she and this reviewer at times needed to be reminded of the words of the father reflecting our Heavenly Father’s words to us “You are with me always and all that I have is yours”The elder son’s reaction clearly demonstrated that he too needed to be ‘found’ and the author writes of ‘letting go of rivalry’; the need for him to ‘become free from his complaints his anger resentments and jealousies’The father was of course overjoyed at the return of his younger son but Henri is uick to remind us that he was eually sensitive to the feelings of his eld

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The Return of the Prodigal Son A Story of HomecomingWith over a million copies sold of the MOBI #242 this classic work is essential reading for all who ask Where has my struggle led meA chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandts The Return of the Prodigal Soncatapulted Henri Nouwen on an unforgettable spiritual adventure Here he shares the The Return PDFEPUB or deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where. Our Sunday school class at St Francis Episcopal in Macon Ga readstudieddiscussed this book for four weeks Using the poster of the prodigal son available through and Nouwen's well written reflection on this parable many of us were able to be transformed into a new way of thinking about our place in the world particularly among our closest friends and family Inspirational in every way our conversations have turned to how well we are moving toward the loving father At the same time we have a new understanding of how often we stand firmly in the grip of the failings of the elder son Moving toward the light is always difficult but worth it