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The Prodigal God | [Timothy Keller]

The Prodigal God

Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Timothy Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Within that parable Jesus reveals God's prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.
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Publisher's Summary

Newsweek called New York Times best-selling author Timothy Keller a "C. S. Lewis for the twenty-first century" in a feature on his first book, The Reason for God. In that book, he offered a rational explanation of why we should believe in God. Now, in The Prodigal God, he uses one of the best known Christian parables to reveal an unexpected message of hope and salvation.

Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Within that parable Jesus reveals God's prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.

©2008 Timothy Keller; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Tim Lexington, NC, United States 10-23-10
    Tim Lexington, NC, United States 10-23-10 Member Since 2010
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    "For any one who thinks they are..."

    a Christian or non-Christian should read this. As a follower of Christ, I was convicted at the realization that I am closer to an elder brother than Christ, even though I had rebellious younger brother tendencies and fully accepted the grace the father offered.

    For those that read the title and think, oh my another liberal Christian book, especially needs to read it. The flyleaf quote caused me to buy it... "One of the signs that you may not grasp the unique, radical nature of the gospel is that you are certain that you do."


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Edward West Point, NY, United States 06-20-10
    Edward West Point, NY, United States 06-20-10 Member Since 2006
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    "The dangers of righteousness"

    "The Prodigal God" is a very short book that examines the Christian parable of the Prodigal Son. It makes some insightful points about how the true target of the parable may have been those people represented by the elder son, and it is especially thought-provoking as it discusses how the elder son, who tried very hard to live a correct and righteous life, is the son who ended up alienated from the Father at the end of the parable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Wrightstown , WI, USA 01-08-10
    James Wrightstown , WI, USA 01-08-10
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    "It makes you think"

    I really enjoyed listening to the book. It made me think about past situations in my life and specifically people that have judged without knowing the people. I questioned myself "what type of brother was I?" when listened to the book. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Okauchee, WI, United States 10-09-10
    Judy Okauchee, WI, United States 10-09-10 Member Since 2008
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    "What a gracious God!"

    Keller explains 'prodigal' very well. I appreciated hearing again, of God's grace! Keller is a very proficient writer and explains biblical issues very well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 09-26-10
    Mark 09-26-10
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    "Excellent"

    Well worth a listen. Well articulated presentation of the gospel. Rare insights in to an old story

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gale Woodbridge, VA, United States 08-14-10
    Gale Woodbridge, VA, United States 08-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "The Prodigal God"

    Excellent!!! Well written as it takes a new look at a timeless story. I found it thought provoking and worthy of discussion. “The Prodigal God” would be wonderful adult Bible study material.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dalem 12-19-09
    Dalem 12-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "didn't attend church, now want to"

    This book has had a profound effect on me. I thought the elder brother was what christianity was about and why I didn't want a part in it. He shows me that I was mistaken, but so are the elder brothers. I have gone on to read The reason for God and have reviewed the Redeemer Church site. It all appeals to me. Hope it does the same for you.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 03-02-09
    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 03-02-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Beyond a must read"

    This book is a foundational book in the revival of what it means to be Christian. I should say it is foundational in the return to the true message and intent of Jesus.
    Traditional fundamentalist Christians will be shocked at the truth and obvious implication that they have become the elder Sons and Pharisees of the modern age.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John Conklin, NY, United States 11-22-09
    John Conklin, NY, United States 11-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Well communicated."

    Tim Keller has written a must listen for all Evangelical Christians!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    coll Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-23-11
    coll Las Vegas, NV, United States 01-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book"

    Great book, typical of Keller's works. If you like CS Lewis, you will like this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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