i love henri nouwen. he has a gentle yet strong voice. in sharing his relationship to this painting of rembrandt’s, he dissects the parable as well as the painting. i’m an art history nerd and always in need of spiritual shepherding so i consider this book a masterpiece.
nouwen puts himself in the place of each of the parable’s players – which led me to do the same. the handy dandy feature of having the painting on a flapped front cover let me contemplate painting and text together.