Book Review: Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son

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I’ve been meaning to really get into Henri Nouwen’s writing for the longest time.

He’s one of those writers and thinkers that seemed, for me, to pop up everywhere at once: he was quoted in multiple books I was reading (all by different authors), I kept running across mentions of him here, there, and everywhere, and then when Philip Yancey recommended him as a must-read I was convinced.  Still, it took me a while to find something of his at my local library, and when I managed it The Return of the Prodigal Son was the only work of his available.  So that’s what I picked.

If you like jokey books full of anecdotal humor, The Return of the Prodigal Son might be a rough read for you.  Nouwen does have a gentle humor throughout the text, and he references his own life experiences here and there, but those mentions…

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