I bought this book to re-read and keep on my shelf, but I was moved to give it to an Orthodox friend as I enthusiastically recounted my own experience after my first read! This is a life-altering reflection, worthy of re-reading from time to time. Thank you Nouwen! I will be ordering a few more to share, and one to keep!!!
As Christian we are the Father/Mother that even though humiliated by children still continues to care and love them and is always ready to welcome them back into the fold not looking on their faults as a reproach. Yet as the one who stayed at church would realize the fruit are our for the asking and taking.
Truly special book by one of my favorite delineators of the spiritual life. Nouwen bares his own soul in this book, more than in some of his other works. As a meditation and interpretation of Rembrandt's famous painting, it can be very moving to read. Worthwhile in the highest degree.
Every Henri Nouwen book causes me to see my Lord, myself and my faith with new spiritual eyes. I find I must read them very slowly, stop and consider certain passages, then read again. Finally I must have the book on my shelf, so that I can refresh myself often from the author's deep love of God and boundless compassion for humanity. This review will serve for every one of his books.