The Father & His Two Sons: The Art of Forgiveness
Images of the Prodigal Son - The Larry & Mary Gerbens Collection
A wonderful collection of original art inspired by the Prodigal Son. Insightful stories, prose, poems and artist statements accompany the art. The book features 26 different artists and 40 of their works. An inspiring resource of visual & written testimonies that celebrate this timeless parable with contemporary creativity and spiritual vision.
• 9" x 12" - 64 Page Soft Cover Book
• Full Color Images of Original Art
• Collector Notes by Larry Gerbens
• Stories, prose, and poems
• Artist Statements
- Regularly $ 25.00
Art Inspired by The Parable of The Prodigal Son
The Father & His Two Sons - The Art of Forgiveness features the Larry and Mary Gerbens Collection of original art inspired by the parable of the Prodigal Son. The Father & His Two Sons showcases 26 different artists and 40 of their original paintings, linocuts, serigraphs, etchings, watercolors, sculptures, carvings and pottery. Insightful stories, prose, poems and artist statements accompany the art. It's an inspiring source of both visual and written testimonies that pay tribute to Jesus' timeless story from Luke 15.
The Father and His Two Sons was co-published by Eyekons Publishing, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching. The book was showcased at Calvin Institute's Symposium on Worship on January 29 - 31, 2009. It was also the catalogue for the exhibit The Father & His Two Sons presented at the Calvin Center Art Gallery from Jan 7 - Feb 7, 2009. Larry and Mary Gerbens donated the collection to Calvin College where it has been made available as a traveling exhibit for colleges, churches and museums.
COLLECTOR's NOTE from LARRY GERBENS
The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most powerful & evocative stories Jesus told. Its universal themes of greed & regret, arrogance & repentance, sin & redemption, jealousy & acceptance, and most importantly, compassionate forgiveness resonate richly with each retelling. This parable has inspired the work of artists throughout the centuries. In many times and places, using many methods & media, artists have sought to visually retell this story. Despite the differences in their work, the message of the Father's love remains constant.
We feel privileged to share the Parable of the Prodigal with you through this collection of original art and writings. Mary and I believe this collection of art inspired by Jesus' story of the Prodigal Son, is a creative affirmation of the great gift of God's unending grace, love and forgiveness. We are extremely pleased our collection will find a permanent home on the Calvin College campus and hope it will provide a living testament to "the art of forgiveness" for generations to come.
- - Larry Gerbens
Critical Acclaim for "The Father & His Two Sons"
Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale Divinity School
Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia
Rev. Scott E. Hoezee
Director, Center for Excellence in Preaching, Calvin Theological Seminary
John D. Witvliet
Director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Professor of Music & Worship, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary
Gaylen J. Byker
President, Calvin College