Keller explains with solid scriptural reasoning why gratitude for unmerited grace is the only motivation that will produce authentic followers of Christ. A must read for all who consider themselves Christians or those who want a proper understanding of what genuine Christian faith entails.
In this little book, Timothy Keller nicely analyzes two diametrically opposed ways in which one might be distant from God. Keller identifies them as the younger and the older brother. The one who ran away, and the one who stayed to work. Yet of these two, the latter is far less identifiable within oneself, and consequently far more dangerous. Keller does a good job wrapping clear and pointed language around this usually clandestine pitfall. And finally, and his conclusion, he explores the inner longing which creates these two responses and how Jesus provides a third alternative which satisfies the longing of both kinds of brothers.
Great analysis on what the Gospel of Jesus Christ really is. Relationship with Jesus first. Well written and interesting.
If your experience is anything like mine--growing up in and around evangelicalism--you will find that Tim Keller's insight and grace shed new light onto the beauty of gospel. A beauty that's always been but at times hidden by religion and subtle imposters of the gospel. I cannot recommend this book enough.
A terrific analysis of The Prodigal Son parable, and a wonderful application to how we should love our brothers and sisters as the Lord loves us.