Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming Hardcover – Aug 1992
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Nouwen, a pastor with L'Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto, finds meditation through Rembrandt's portrayal of the gospel parable of the "Prodigal Son." This book reflects his thoughts and healing processes as he progresses through the stages of younger son, elder son, and father. The interpretation of the three male characters and use of Nouwen's experiences provides a vivid picture of the stages of life. The emphasis is on the male experience, and the meditation focuses on resolving the search for love and connectedness by explaining the stages of rebellion (younger brother), resentfulness (elder brother), and forgiveness (father). As time passes, Nouwen believes, most people will recognize these stages in their own lives and understand how they take on the characteristics of their parents.
- L. Kriz, Sioux City P.L., Ia.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Tells how a chance meeting with a painting by Rembrandt led him to the last & greatest spiritual adventure of his life --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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One of the most impressive aspects of the painting, given that Rembrandt was a Protestant artist, is that it incorporates elements that go beyond the basic story of the bible. Quite often, artists of the Protestant side in the first few centuries after the Reformation stuck very closely to the biblical text. Rembrandt's picture of the scene had other members in attendance, members of varying prominence (from the very present man in red robe and headdress on the right, to the vanishing images in the shadows centre and left), and the costume somewhat mixed between contemporary and ancient.
Rembrandt's choice of scene here from the parable is significant. `Rubens portrayed the youth among the pigs, at the moment of degradation; Rembrandt paints the reconciliation. The youth knew he was no longer worthy to be called a son; he hoped to be accepted as a servant.' Author Helen de Borchgrave identifies the prominent man standing on the right as the elder son, but there is some ambiguity in the painting. Nouwen finds the figure to be the elder son, and significantly, points to the same pattern with the elder son that was present with the younger son - he leaves and then returns, albeit in a less dramatic way. `Rembrandt is as much the elder son of the parable as he is the younger,' Nouwen wrote.Read more ›
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Native Americans believe in the healing power of stories. Jesus was, among other things, a story teller. Nouwen tells his own story of going out and returning, using the prodigal son parable as a framework, in these talks. This is truly a warm, wonderful, and deeply human volume. I highly recommend it.
In as much as love may be considered both human and spiritual, the reader is invited in to the intimacy of two men's deeply human and profoundly spiritual journeys though life. Despite life's suffering and bitterness, the author and the painter share their reasons for maintaining a firm grip on hope and inner peace. This is wonderful jewel of a book that has yet to be discovered and appreciated for it full worth - at least judging by its sales rank.