The Return of the Prodigal Son Anniversary Edition

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Two works of meditations by Nouwen on the Parable of the Prodigal Son and the Older Brother, especially as portrayed in Rembrandt's painting of the prodigal's return.

"The Return of the Prodigal Son" is a work composed by Nouwen himself.  In it he explores his deep affection for Rembrandt's painting and narrates the story of his own faith development as he envisioned himself as the prodigal son, the older brother, and the father figure in turn.  

"Home Tonight" is a later transcription of sorts of some lectures and classes Nouwen taught based on his experiences with the story and the Rembrandt painting.  It follows the same general pattern.

The same general theme is manifest throughout both works.  They both seek to encourage the reader through the author's own experiences in his faith journey, recognizing the type of person he was, proving willing to accept the Father's gracious love, allowing himself to admit his failings and weaknesses, and finding a profitable pathway for ministry and service.  

These are emotionally affective books; one must be in a good contemplative mood in order to be willing to absorb its lessons and for it to truly "speak" to you.  A powerful work for those willing to consider it.
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I loved this book! I'm amazed at the depth of Nouwen's insight, & I see so much of myself reflected in the pages. A truly transformational piece, & one I will not forget. Highly recommend to family&friends & may even be a gift I give away with great praise. Fantastic book. 

I received an advanced reader copy of a new edition of 'The Return of the Prodigal Son' in exchange for my honest review.
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I have always loved the Prodigal Son story...thanks for sharing this book w/ me...I have, in turn, shared this book w/ many others.
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