Item 2279 - The return of the prodigal son: a meditation on fathers, brothers, and sons

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CA ON00389 1-9-7-2279


The return of the prodigal son: a meditation on fathers, brothers, and sons


  • 1992 (Creation)

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142 p. of textual records. - illustrated

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Item consists of a book written by Nouwen regarding his experience with and reflection on Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son. The book has been divided into the following: The Story of Two Sons and Their Father; Prologue: Encounter with a Painting; Introduction: The Younger Son, the Elder Son, and the Father; Part I: The Younger Son, 1. Rembrandt and the Younger Son, 2. The Younger Son Leaves, 3. The Younger Son's Return; Part II: The Elder Son, 4. Rembrandt and the Elder Son, 5. The Elder Son Leaves, 6. The Elder Son's Return; Part III: The Father, 7. Rembrandt and the Father, 8. The Father Welcomes Home, 9. The Father Calls for a Celebration; Conclusion: Becoming the Father; Epilogue: Living the Painting; Notes; Acknowledgments.
As is stated on the back cover: ". . . .The painting has become a mysterious window through which I can step into the Kingdom of God. It is like a huge gate that allows me to move to the other side of existence and look from there back into the odd assortment of people and events that make up my daily life."

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New York; Toronto: Doubleday, c1992.

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Original American title: Canvas of Love : Reflections on a Rembrandt.
Dedication: "To my father Laurent Jean Marie Nouwen for his ninetieth birthday"

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2000 02

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