A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandtâ€™s The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.
In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandtâ€™s depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger sonâ€™s return, the fatherâ€™s restoration of sonship, the elder sonâ€™s vengefulness, and the fatherâ€™s compassion. In his reflection on Rembrandt in light of his own life journey, the author evokes a powerful drama of the parable in a rich, capativating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times.