Prodigal God

With whom do you identify in the story of the prodigal son, the younger brother or the elder? Neither? Each was attempting to get out from under the authority of the father—at the root of the matter, trying to be his own savior. Both brothers were lost!

Like The Knowledge of the Holy, Timothy Keller’s book The Prodigal God creates a paradigm shift in one’s thinking. This powerful little book takes an in-depth look at the parable of the prodigal son and shows us the heart of God. Chapter titles include “Redefining Sin,” “Redefining Lostness,” “Redefining Hope,” and “The Feast of the Father.”

Unlike most sermons on this parable, Keller doesn’t stop when the prodigal son returns. He examines the whole parable and opens to the reader the attitude of the elder brother and his dangerous spiritual condition. Keller states, “Elder brothers believe that if they live a good life they should get a good life” and further expounds what may happen if life doesn’t go as expected.  

This book challenges you to examine your own attitude and offers the answer to what we to escape our lostness.

Debra L. Butterfield © 2012

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