A Modern Classic Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son – A Story of Homecoming is a modern classic and makes it on many Top 10 Lists of books that Christians should ready. The book follows the authors discovery, path and impact of Rembrandt’s painting by The Return of the Prodigal Son on the author’s life.
The story begins with Nouwen’s chance encounter with the painting in 1987. What follows is his personally embrace and wrestling with the piece of art and its impact on his life. Through Rembrandt’s artistic representation of the biblical parable The Prodigal Son, Nouwen is called to meditate on his nature and the nature of God. At various times in his life Nouwen identifies with all three of the characters in the story, the prodigal son, the elder son and the father. In 139 pages the author invites us along in his five-year journey with the painting. In his transparency, he challenges us to experience the painting as a tool of self-evaluation in our own spiritual walk.
With equal parts art appreciation, art history, auto biography, and spiritual evaluation, Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son – A Story of Homecoming has something for everyone.
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