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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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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.

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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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Loved it!

My favorite recent book ( within the past five years). I’ll probably read more of Tim Keller

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Amazing

I loved it. I thought it was very well written. It has an important message in today’s political climate.

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Great book!

The book was amazing! Jonah is definitely my favorite book and character in the Bible. I love the narrator. I just wish he went slower. There were deep thoughts in the book that just needed to sink so I had to press pause. I had to hear it in slow speed or pause for those moments. Overall the content was beautiful! I loved how balanced Keller’s Christian writing is. The narrator was great! I totally recommend this book.

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A New Understanding of Jonah

Timothy Keller did an excellent job of bringing to light many aspects of the book of Jonah that I’d never thought of.

His observations were biblical, personally thought provoking and at times convicting. I have a totally new perspective of this story and I’ve recommended this book to several people.

Sean’s narration of the book was excellent.

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Gods grace.

digging deeper into the book of Jonah opened my eyes to a whole ne outlook in Gods grace, forgiveness and love for us all.

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God Inspired, Keller Scribed.

Another thought provoking and comforting book. Rev. Keller shows how easy it has become to view this world through tinted glasses. Jonah is more than a big fish story. Sean Pratt does a great narration and is easy on the ears.

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Amazing informative Book

An amazing book that I have read twice so far. Giving 24 copies out for Christmas

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great take on a very interesting book

Jonah has always interigued me, I enjoyed this authors take on it. I also liked the application across multiple address of life and culture.