Resentment In Henry Nouwen's The Return Of The Prodigal Son

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Some people believe that this is the worst, non-factual book they have ever read, whereas others think that every American who loves this country needs to read this work. I believe that neither one position nor the other is correct. In my opinion, as a citizen of the world, this is a book that has transcended spaces and frontiers in a few months. Besides, I am sure that it will always be a document for permanent consultation and reference, that is, it will become a classic. But, let me consider the reasons to reach this conclusion. First, what captivated my attention was the position the author assumed to tell her story in a moment where mourning was inevitable. I think the author had two clear choices: to write with resentment or to do it with gratitude. “Resentment” is what you feel when you do not receive what you deserve; it always manifests itself in envy; where darkness and pain prevent you to cope with your mourning as well as to regain, step by step, the balance lost. “Gratitude,” instead, is the opposite of resentment; they cannot coexist. If gratitude is practiced as a discipline, it becomes the only way to heal wounds, to overcome grief and it is compatible with the Methodist belief to do all the good you can… The author, with an unparalleled intelligence, inspired by “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henry Nouwen, decided to express herself with love, joy, trust, gratitude, and courage “… the most admirable of human virtues … ” according to President John F.

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