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The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom

Henri J.M. Nouwen
Many of us have been touched by the spiritual writings of Fr. Nouwen, possibly best-known for his book "The Return of the Prodigal Son". "The Inner Voice of Love" is Nouwen's personal journal written at a time of deep anguish, hurt, rejection, and depression. Through facing his grief and despair, he was able to come to a place of healing, and deep spiritual insights. These short reflections speak to all of us who have or are experiencing the deep inner pain of loss and brokenness. - Terri Search

A Light Shines Through Us

by Joe Sweeney
Our Book Club has been discussing this business man's memoir about his friendship with a Franciscan sister. The two have different perspectives about many things, but their open and honest conversations about religion, faith, spirituality and the meaning of life lead to a deep friendship. I enjoyed the book because it is an easy read, and offers hope that we can learn from those who have different political views, different religious practices, and different life experiences if we can listen to others and see that the light of God that shines through all of us. - Marge Lindell

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming

by Henri J.M. Nouwen
This book is a powerful personal reflection on Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son as recorded in Luke. Nouwen views the parable through the lens of Rembrandt’s painting of the same name and also sharing his personal relationship to the story through his own life experiences. The book is divided into three parts relating to the characters in the story but also making comparisons to the stages of one’s own life: the younger son, the elder son, and the father. You can’t help but see yourself in all three roles. Nouwen’s raw honesty led me to look at my internal dialog with the Divine more closely in the different life roles one experiences. While affirming God’s compassion the human free will, does not diminish God’s power to not only seek, but call his children home, and to raise the spiritually dead to new life. The Return of the Prodigal Son deserves “classic” status. This book was spiritually refreshing and thought provoking. It was an important reminder to me that I am truly God’s child, that I am loved, and unconditionally forgiven, and that I am free within the presence of my heavenly Father. - Candace Bahr

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