Is 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 I purchased this as reuested for a Lent course which I attended for a period of weeks before Easter it was a ecumenical course between all the local churches in our areaHenri Nouwen relates a passionate account of his spiritual ourney after first seeing a poster depicting Rembrandt s painting of The Return of The Prodigal Son It had an immediate and lasting effect on him After twenty years as a Priest teaching in university he became a Pastor in a community for people with learning disabilitiesI recommend this book the meaning of the parable of the Return of the Prodigal Son became comprehensive and the parable took on a contemporary meaning I did not expect this to be such a profoundly affecting bookIt is a long contemplation of the various figures in the painting you can see on the books cover a postcard copy was also supplied with the book for referencedisplay above your desk It really consolidated a lot of strong but inchoate ideas I had arrived at and provided me with provocative ideas on the nature of Sons and FathersOne of the best books I have ever bought and I cannot recommend this highly enough Yes this is a book of spirituality but it is far than thatThis book should be reuired reading for entry into adulthood into marriage into parenthood as well as entering middle age not to mention before taking on the label of elderlyThere is no greater compliment than being called Mom or Dad Here is the instruction manual needed to properly execute the ob associated with the title And by the way it also lays out the path to be traveled in route to the Pearly Gates This book is terrific I am a
"BIBLICAL SCHOLAR I HAVE A MASTER "scholar I have a master 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 The book is a subtle as steps to correct the problems I recommend this book highly The book is a subtle powerful unfolding of suffocated emotion through a type of contemplation that is both emancipatory and fulfilling Nouwen challenges us to participate in something revolutionary Compassion and forgiveness are portrayed as the sublime spiritual doorways through which we not only enter into greater communion with others but importantly discover a mystical union within ourselves The compassion of the father in Rembrandt s painting is a psycho spiritual ideal that reflects a basic human tendency to deprive our souls of a radical generous love The final frontier that has yet to be pioneered in Christianity is self compassion Nouwen sifts through the Parable of the Prodigal Son at the crossroads of his own exhausted faith and the sediment of Rembrandt s life His findings are an exuisite example of the type of diligent exegesis that uncovers a pristine gem within Christ s teaching You need not go much further then learning how to love both your wayward enemy and obedient brother through the embodiment of the father s awe inspiring compassion Each archetype is a dramatization of the reconciliation that needs to occur at a deep inward transformative level If you are seeking inner reconciliation and healing I highly recommend. Ompassion The themes of homecoming affirmation and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness dejection ealousy 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 times.
review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ø Join or create book clubsThis is an every Christian must read book Modern speaks from his heart and draws me in because he is so deeply honest about his relationship with God He brings out each character in this painting of the story of the Prodigal Son and relates them to each one of our lives if we are Real enough to admit it An excellent and challenging read 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 "son The author 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 oy of living the Christian life is its own reward whilst living it Perhaps her Christian experience "was after all oyless and needed some remedial attention Perhaps she and this reviewer at times "after all Flappers joyless and needed some remedial attention Perhaps she and this reviewer at times 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 andealousies 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 Feelingsto the feelings his elder son He left the celebration party and went to plead with him to come and oin them The elder son no doubt felt unloved unappreciated after all his loyalty and hard work however the father loved them both eually I was encouraged to be reminded by Henri that all of God s children. With over a million copies sold 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 deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has. Are His favourites It was
Once Suggested To Me Thatsuggested "to me that the story Jesus had related the father probably looked out for his younger wayward son every day not " me that the story Jesus had related the father probably looked out for his younger wayward son every day not on the day that he happened to return home The author suggests that the uestion is not How am I to find God but rather How am I to let myself be found by Him Henri surprises the reader by concluding that we must strive to become like our Heavenly Father than like the prodigal son As long as we belong to this world we will remain subject to its competitive
ways and expect to be rewarded for all the good weand expect to be rewarded for all the good we But when we belong to God who loves us without conditions we can live as He does The great conversion called for by Jesus is to move from belonging to the world to belonging to God The Epilogue follows where the author describes how he had to live the painting He wrote When four years ago I went to Saint Petersburg to see Rembrandt s The Return of the Prodigal Son I had little idea how much I would have to live what I then saw I stand with awe at the place where Rembrandt brought me He led me from the kneeling dishevelled young son to the standing bent over old father from the place of being blessed to the place of blessing As I look at my own aging hands I know that they have been given to me to stretch out toward all who suffer to rest upon the shoulders of all who come and to offer the blessing that emerges from the immensity of God s love I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all it will be deeply meaningful for youA personal comment by your reviewerThe discovery of the painting by the great master Rembrandt was for Henri Nouwen the start of a major ourney of self discovery For me an important discovery relating to the story of the prodigal son was during a discussion I was having with a prisoner in my role as a prison chaplain The subject of our discussion led me to remind him of this story and its significance which was not lost on him He told me how moving and interesting he found the story and I was uite honestly shocked to discover that this was the first time he had ever heard the story I was not reminding him of the story but telling him a brand new story In my naivety I had assumed that everyone knew this story how wrong I was I have since discovered that there are a couple of generations of people certainly here in the UK that know little if anything of the life and teachings of Jesus Whew what a challengeAs I reflected on this startling experience it dawned on me that this young man was listening to the story ust as those listeners to Jesus back in the 1st century What a deeply humbling realisation and the story is as meaningful and powerful today as it was when it was first told An excellent take on the classic parable of the Prodigal Son Nouwen is an excellent Christian author and this has to be one of his best works Here s my Everyday Man s review one thisThe Return of the Prodigal Son takes us deep into the story and presents angles from the point of view from each of the characters the younger son who hurries to leaves home to waste away everything he has the older son who did everything right yet is oyless and bitter and the father who finds it deep in his heart to love them both despite the condition of theirs As the author circles each of the characters I found myself relating to each one as though I was one or all of them at least once before I won t go as far to say that the authors of the Gospels didn t do as good a ob as Nouwen but he definitely represented the spirit of the Gospel in this piece Whether you are a Christian at any level or otherwise this is a good read that gives an insight into the human heart and how it can expand beyond what conventional thinking may say It is a piece on unconditional love and forgiveness and maybe after reading this it could make a case for a bigger place in our hearts I absolutely loved this book so much so that I want to get a poster of the artwork so I can study it in detail Nouwen looks at this familiar Bible story through the eyes of the prodigal the good son and the father Then he continues to show how we are all of these Nouwen s use of language is beautiful and I can t tell you how many times I had to highlight whole paragraphs Sometimes I wanted to highlight the whole book Whe Our Sunday school class at St Franc. Chosen to dwellAs Nouwen reflects on Rembrandts painting in light of his own life ourney he evokes a powerful drama of the classic parable in a rich captivating way that is 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 ,