Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

Even though I knew we'd be well into Lent before we would begin to read this selection, I specifically chose this book with this special season in mind. The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri J.M. Nouwen is a story of his personal spiritual journey that is sure to get you thinking about your own. Fr. Nouwen reflects on the well known parable of the prodigal son and how that story is portrayed in Rembrandt's famous painting. His insightful comments will give you a deeper appreciation for this familiar parable, a little lesson on art, and plenty to think about in your relationships with God and those around you.

Copies of this book are currently available in St. Patrick's Book & Gift Store. The accompanying study guide is also available for pick up or can be printed from this link:
Study Guide: The Return of the Prodigal Son

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I'm sure that you'll enjoy this book. It's my personal favorite of the four books that we are reading this year. Because this is a small book, you may be tempted to read it quickly, but take your time. Nouwen packs a lot of meaning and insight into a few pages.

This is a copy of Rembrandt's painting of The Return of the Prodigal Son in which all of the surrounding figures are visible. At one point in the book, Nouwen discusses the four figures surrounding the father and son embracing, but the reproductions on the book's cover make this hard to see.

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