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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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Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not many
Shelves: spirituality
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
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Barbara P
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Kate Schwarz
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
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
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
For a posthumous production of Nouwen's material they did a great job. It carried a lot of the same falovor and content that was found in his earlier book, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming, that is still one of my favorite books ever. I regularly refer to the first book in my own ministry, and can now refer to Home Tonight as well. I think Home Tonight, however, is better used as a resource for individual and / or group devotional practices instead of just straight reading. ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very profound!
Andy Hickman
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Home Tonight: Further Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son” by Henri J. M. Nouwen, (NY: Doubleday, 2009).

A beautifully inspirational book that challenges us readers to be honest about the state of our hearts and how we can be open to the transforming power of God's love.

“The marvelous thing about learning from a story is that a story never ends, so our learning from it need not end either.” - Parker J. Palmer, 'The Active Life' (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1990), 98. (p
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great book from one of my favorite spiritual writers. It covers some of the same material as his book Return of the Prodigal Son, but it's valuable in its own right for the deep insights and personal reflections on the biblical story, Rembrandt's painting, and Nouwen's own life.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
A workbook on the Return of the Prodigal.
I found things to ponder and loved what I discovered about myself.
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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
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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.” 6 likes
“Jesus' life is an invitation for us to believe, not primarily in him but in the relationship between himself and the God whom he names “Father.” Furthermore, Jesus comes into the world to communicate to those of us who are listening that this very same relationship is uniquely available to each one of us. By his life and death Jesus announces the yearning in the heart of Love Divine, to be in relationship with each individual person. For you or I to engage this primal encounter is for us to return “home.” 2 likes
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