It is difficult to drown out the criticisms, labels and rejections that make us feel inadequate and lost. In Home Tonight, Henri J.M. Nouwen teaches us how to find our way home to our true identity as a deeply loved child of the Creator. The book is a collection of the late author’s writings based on inspiration from Rembrandt’s painting The Return of the Prodigal Son. To illustrate the power of forgiveness and God’s unconditional love, Nouwen guides the reader through a series of practices: listening, journaling and communing with God.
After reading Home Tonight, I realize that I still cling to old hurts, and that I need to shake off old labels. As Nouwen points out, security in God’s love gives me freedom to love without fear of disappointing others. The book encouraged me to walk in freedom, knowing that even if another person rejects me, there is One who’s love never fades. I especially like the emphasis on building a relationship with God, who loves each of us as a unique creation.
For anyone who has faced rejection, disappointment or resentment (and who hasn’t?), Home Tonight offers a breath of fresh air. Nouwen’s gentle approach makes a surprisingly dramatic impact. I highly recommend accepting the author’s invitation to this journey of healing and homecoming.
I received a free copy of Home Tonight by Henri J.M. Nouwen from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for writing this review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.