Timothy Keller's ability to dissect the parable of The Prodigal Son is clearly Spirit-filled. It is rare for one person to have such a broad range of understanding, to see so many facets of a story on so many levels at once. Sharing that understanding has given us a much clearer realization of the complexity of Christ and His ability to communicate so much teaching with so few words and such little effort. The relativity experienced on so many plains simultaneously is humbling.
Thank you, Timothy Keller, for sharing your gift of discernment and God-given ability to wring every last drop of truth from such a poignant and yet inspiring piece of scripture. It is a narrative that will forever influence how I look at this parable and its direct relationship to my personal walk. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has found comfort in their own Christianity. It will challenge you to reconsider many of your deeply held convictions and ideals. Your spiritual growth is inevitable...
Dr. Keller gave an excellent insight unraveling the Gospel. Faith, the most basic foundation of Christianity, seemed to be misunderstood by the majority like myself. By breaking down the lost son parable into 4 sections, which are issues of religious moralism, redefining lost-ness and sin, and on the father's feast, I gained a better understanding on the roots of my spiritual problems. A gentle push on encouraging those who might be struggling with faith.
If you're confused about the gospel and Christianity, having never been acquainted, read this. If you've been in the church and know you get it, you need a life-changing refresher. If you are agnostic/atheist but are willing to try to understand what we mean by the beauty of Christ, give it a shot.