Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son
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Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

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Home Tonight follows the path of Henri Nouwen’s spiritual homecoming. More than three years prior to writing his great classic, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Nouwen suffered a personal breakdown followed by a time of healing solitude when he encountered Rembrandt’s famous painting. Within his solitude he reflected on and identified with the parable’s characters and exper...more
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Published March 24th 2009 by Image (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mark
Mar 26, 2012 Mark rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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For Christmas a year or so ago I bought a mate a day by day calendar on which there was a quote from George Bush Junior. As you can imagine there were some wonderfully weird ones and indeed most days had something odd or off-key but then I stopped and thought.....'If someone was recording everything I ever said at any time in any situation then you could probably fill a calendar with Skeltonisms of some acute embarrasment'. Now having read and enjoyed so much of Nouwen's work I found this one qu...more
Barbara P
A number of years ago I read Nouwens book The Return of the Prodigal Son, his reflections on Rembrandt's painting of the prodigal son. His current book was put together after Nouwen's death. The book is a series of his lectures followed by practical questions, exercises. The book is really about finding our spiritual home. A Beautiful, thoughtful, inspiring book. I have given away about 20 of Nouwen's books and have kept a few on my shelves at home. I will add this to them and never part with it...more
Graham
Not nearly as poignant and powerful as his earlier work on the prodigal son. Nevertheless, still worth reading. Nouwen does more in this volume to bring the parable into his own life, and the life of the reader. He challenges the reader to see elements of both brothers in their own life, and to challenge the reader to discern the meaning of "homecoming" to a loving and gracious father. Is it our desire to see and do exciting things in distant place (disregarding the impact of the departure on th...more
Annette
Very profound!
Katie Dubik Schwarz
thought-provoking book, though some of it I admit flew over my head. but lots sunk in and gave me plenty to think about for the next months, years. my dad gave it to me for Christmas two years ago, but finally read it now.

Noewen's experience with the parable of the prodigal son was at first strange to
me--how could you write a whole book on it?! and this is the second--albeit smaller, thinner--one! but I was amazed at how much you could learn from the three different characters in the parable: t...more
Seth
A nice little paraphrasal of one of Nouwen's talks on the prodigal son. Since The Return of the Prodigal Son is a favorite of mine (and completely reshaped my ideas of love, acceptance, and Godliness in recent months), this book served as a great supplement despite adding little beyond what the aforementioned book already establishes. My fears are still the same, though: is such a life of love and vulnerability possible in a world of vipers and vultures like ours? Must my worldview change before...more
Rebekah Mcnay
Very healing. Nouwen uses a balance of meditation with art that I have yet to come across in his other books.
Lacy
This is almost a workbook, so be prepared with a journal and the proper amount of time needed to really appreciate this book.
If you are looking for spiritual growth, this will help.
Rebekah Mcnay
Very good. A lot of healing in this one, as usual with Nouwen
heather
I enjoyed the active process of reading this book. It was necessary (or suggested) to pause, contemplate, and work on some things before moving on to the next chapter. And Nouwen always gives me something more to contemplate! It became a devotional book for me more than simply a bit of nonfiction.
Alicia
Brilliant. Nouwen is insightful and convicting as always. This is a good book for anyone looking for an in depth study of the Return of the Prodigal Son. Heavy but simple - read it.
Amy
An expanded set of reflections on the prodigal son. I appreciated the additional quotes and questions for reflection. Best read after the original (return of the prodigal)
Justin


I wasn't crazy about this one. I loved the first book on the Prodigal, but this isn't as good in my opinion. There were a lot of repeats.
Marie
A wonderful insight into Henri Nouwen's inner struggles, as well as an inspiring guide for everyone who feels loneliness.
EunSung
I like the reflections and moments of pause and silence. Thank You Sr. Sue for putting this collection together.
Janet
I will re-read The Return of the Prodigal Son..have already donated this one...
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Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (Nouen), (1932–1996) was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life.

Nouwen's books are widely read today by Protestants and Catholics alike. The Wounded Healer, In the Name of Jesus, Clowning in Rome, The Life of the Beloved, and The Way of the Heart are just a few of the more widely recognized titles. After nearly two decades of...more
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“The more we become sensitive to our own journey the more we realize that we are leaving and coming back every day, every hour. Our minds wander away but eventually return; our hearts leave in search of affection and return sometimes broken; our bodies get carried away in their desires then sooner or later return. It's never one dramatic life moment but a constant series of departures and returns.” 5 likes
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