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An angry prophet. A feared and loathsome enemy. A devastating storm. And the surprising message of a merciful God to his people.

The story of Jonah is one of the most well-known parables in the Bible. It is also the most misunderstood. Many people, even those who are nonreligious, are familiar with Jonah: A rebellious prophet who defies God and is swallowed by a whale. But there's much more to Jonah's story than most of us realize. 

In The Prodigal Prophet, pastor and New York Times best-selling author Timothy Keller reveals the hidden depths within the book of Jonah. Keller makes the case that Jonah was one of the worst prophets in the entire Bible. And yet there are unmistakably clear connections between Jonah, the prodigal son, and Jesus. Jesus in fact saw himself in Jonah. How could one of the most defiant and disobedient prophets in the Bible be compared to Jesus?

Jonah's journey also doesn't end when he is freed from the belly of the fish. There is an entire second half to his story - but it is left unresolved within the text of the Bible. Why does the book of Jonah end on what is essentially a cliffhanger? In this audiobook, Timothy Keller provides an answer to the extraordinary conclusion of this biblical parable - and shares the powerful Christian message at the heart of Jonah's story.

©2018 Timothy Keller (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Unlike most suburban megachurches, much of Redeemer is remarkably traditional. What is not traditional is Dr. Keller’s skill in speaking the language of his urbane audience... Observing Dr. Keller’s professorial pose on stage, it is easy to understand his appeal.” (The New York Times)

“Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.” (Christianity Today)

“Timothy Keller puts a contemporary spin on the familiar story of the prophet who disobeyed God and was swallowed by a whale.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Encouraging!

I have always loved the story of Jonah and in the past few years the book of Jonah has become one my favorites. As a pastor's daughter who grew up in the church, Jonah's self righteousness is incredibly relatable. I was so excited when I heard that Keller had written a book about the Prodigal Prophet!! This book is filled with the hope of God and His glory. I would highly recommend it.

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If you liked Prodigal God and Counterfit Gods then you will like this book.

An insightful short book by T. Keller. He does a good job at unpacking the story of Jonah and linking it to the New Testament.

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  • Leah C
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  • 12-30-18

Be ready to see yourself in Jonah. Loved this book

After listening to the audible version, I bought several printed copies to give as gifts and to re-read myself. It is THAT good. You’ll want your highlighter handy as the author expounds on the deep truths and holds up the mirror to your own need.

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This one might even be better than Prodigal God!

challenging and encouraging. The story if Jonah told in a way that can teach us all.

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amazing story of God's grace mercy very fitting fo

amazing story God's grace and mercy made me look at this book and scripture in a whole new way very fitting for the times that we are living in now the political division that is so easy to fall into even for God's children and those who call themselves followers of Christ very convicting. sorry for the lack of punctuation dictating this while driving. highly recommend

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Cling to worthless idols

Outstanding and practical for the prophet Jonah to speak into the growing nationalism of our american hearts. Must read! Keller has been my mentor from afar for 22 years and his messages on Jonah have spoken to my missionary heart and need for Grace daily to love people like Jesus Christ!

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A lot of new insights

I like everything I've listened to by Timothy Keller and this was no exception. I got a lot of new insights from reading this story of Jonah. #insightful

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Keller's writing is rich; narrator does a poor job

One can always count on Tim Keller's words to be weighty, beautifully expressed, and theologically sound. As far as I did get with this audiobook, I found it to be a very insightful exploration of the Book of Jonah. However, the narrator ruins the audiobook for me with his bored, sarcastic tone, which seems at odds with the content of the material and does not reflect Tim Keller's speaking style. I'll buy the physical book instead.