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The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith.

The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith

Timothy Keller

Dutton Books/ Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

9780525950790 $19.95

Almost everyone knows the Biblical story of the prodigal son who runs away from home to recklessly spend his inheritance only to return penniless. Countless Sunday school lessons use it as an illustration of God's willingness to forgive those who realize the error of their ways after living lives of profligate dissipation. However, Jesus did not intend his parable to be solely about the younger, wayward son, but equally about his outwardly more obedient elder brother. Keller explains that it is a story of God's extravagant (prodigal) love for both the elder and younger brother. In a few short, easy-to-read chapters, he revolutionized the context and meaning of a sadly misunderstood parable. Though Keller calls it a story of two lost sons, he focuses far more attention on the elder brother's side of the parable. This book will be of special interest to those who, like the elder brother, strictly follow all the rules in hopes of earning God's love but are dissatisfied with the results.

Erica Dorsey


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Author:Dorsey, Erica
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Date:Dec 1, 2009
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