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The Return of the Prodigal Son : A Story of Homecoming - Henri J. M. Nouwen

The Return of the Prodigal Son

A Story of Homecoming


Published: 1st May 1994
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A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son, catapulted Henri Nouwen into a long spiritual adventure. In his highly-acclaimed book of the same title, he shares the deeply personal meditation that led him to discover the place within which God has chosen to dwell.

This Lent course, which has been adapted from the book, helps us to reflect on the meaning of the parable for our own lives. Divided into five sessions, the course moves through the parable exploring our reaction to the story: the younger son's leaving and return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's resentment and the father's compassion. All of us who have experienced loneliness, dejection, jealousy or anger will respond to the persistent themes of homecoming, affirmation and reconciliation.

Each session contained on the CD includes extracts from the book by Henri Nouwen, and background information about Henri Nouwen's life, as well as suggestions for reflection. Notes for Group Leaders and written questions for group discussion are also included in the enclosed booklet.

The Story of Two Sons and Their Fatherp. 1
Prologue: Encounter with a Paintingp. 3
Introduction: The Younger Son, the Elder Son, and the Fatherp. 19
The Younger Sonp. 25
Rembrandt and the Younger Sonp. 29
The Younger Son Leavesp. 34
The Younger Son's Returnp. 45
The Elder Sonp. 59
Rembrandt and the Elder Sonp. 62
The Elder Son Leavesp. 67
The Elder Son's Returnp. 77
The Fatherp. 89
Rembrandt and the Fatherp. 92
The Father Welcomes Homep. 98
The Father Calls for a Celebrationp. 110
Conclusion: Becoming the Fatherp. 120
Epilogue: Living the Paintingp. 134
Notesp. 140
Acknowledgmentsp. 150
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ISBN: 9780232520781
ISBN-10: 023252078X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st May 1994
Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.1  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Type: New edition