Return of the Prodigal Son

by Henri NouwenA friend recommended this book to me, and told me how it’s one of her favorite books. I, on the other hand, came away wondering why she liked it so much. To me, the book feels like an overdone interpretation of Rembrandt’s painting. There are a couple nuggets buried in it, but for the most part I thought the book would be better suited in the Art Appreciation section of the bookstore. I tend to think that this book would not likely have been published if Nouwen’s didn’t already have a solid reputation as an author. By and large the book didn’t reach out and grab me, but clearly that’s just me. It did, however, carry me away on an interesting thought train…

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