The Prodigal Prophet

Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
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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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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.

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The Prodigal Prophet

It skips words so it is almost impossible to get the meaning of the book.

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Great Book!!!

Excellent book. Expertly narrated. The Prodigal Prophet presents the Gospel and the grace of God in a fresh and challenging way. I appreciated the call to examine myself and my relationship to God and others. Eye opening and heart-stirring.

An excellent read for those who have run from God in one way or another, or who cannot understand why this or that happened or didn't happen, or if you want to know what God wants from you. You'll be challenged, but you won't be disappointed.

Thank you, Timothy Keller.

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A must read

This book is an excellent analysis of the book of Jonah and applies it very well to our modern Christian Evangelical atmosphere calling out Jonah for his nationalism, racism and pride. It also brings home the concept if Jonah as a type of Christ as Jesus compared Himself to Jonah, but strongly emphasizes how different Jesus is as God in human flesh for community, not nationalism, live, not racism, and humble, not prideful. An excellent read and important for every Christian to absorb.

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Excellent!

A great message of truth, clearly taught! Loved it and worth your time to listen to :)

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Tim Keller does not disappoint

This book on Jonah was excellent. Many insights that I have not seen before. Just like his book "Prodigal God", this book blew me away.