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The Father & His Two Sons: The Art of Forgiveness Images of the Prodigal Son from the Larry & Mary Gerbens Collection


A growing list for further study on the parable of the Prodigal Son. Please contact Kristen Verhulst if you have a resource to recommend.


Reluctant PartnersDoug Adams, “Changing Perceptions of Jesus’ Parables through Art History: Polyvalency in Paint,” from Reluctant Partners: Art and Religion in Dialogue, ed. Ena G. Heller (The Gallery at the American Bible Society, 2004)

And Grace Will Lead Me HomeRobert M. Busic, And Grace Will Lead Me Home: The Jerry Evenrud Collection of Images of the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Lutheran University Press, 2007)

The Art of ParablesCharles McCollough, The Art of Parables: Reinterpreting the Teaching Stories of Jesus in Word and Sculpture (Copper House, 2008)


Amish GraceDonald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy ( Jossey-Bass, 2007)

The Prodigal DaughterMargaret Gibson, The Prodigal Daughter: Reclaiming an Unfinished Childhood University of Missouri Press, 2008

AtticusRon Hanson, Atticus Harper Perennial 1997

This Boy's LifeTobias Wolff, This Boy’s Life: A Memoir (Grove Press, 1989)


Jacob and the ProdigalKenneth E. Bailey, Jacob and the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel’s Story (InterVarsity Press, 2003)

Finding the LostKenneth E. Bailey, Finding the Lost: Cultural Keys to Luke 15 (Concordia, 1992)

The Return of the ProdigalHenri J.M. Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal: A Story of Homecoming (Image Books, 1992)

Free of ChargeMiroslav Volf, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (Zondervan, 2005)