The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

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...this is an incredible book which will give you a new perspective on a familiar parable.


Newsweek called renowned minister 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.

Look out for Timothy Keller's latest book, The Songs of Jesus.

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About Timothy Keller

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Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees, plus the members of more than one hundred new churches around the world. Also the author of Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God, and the New York Times bestseller The Reason for God, he lives in New York with his family.
Published September 25, 2008 by Penguin Books. 164 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Christin Dicker on Jan 15 2011

...this is an incredible book which will give you a new perspective on a familiar parable.

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Reviewed by Marty Duren on Aug 20 2009

The Prodigal God is an amazing, thought provoking, illuminating work that demands beneficial self examination from the reader.

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The Gospel Coalition

Below average
on Dec 03 2008

...Keller too often blames the elder brothers (Pharisees) for turning people off to God...

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Biblical Counseling

on Jan 04 2012

It will set the gospel before them in a fresh way, forcing them to do some difficult but necessary heart work.

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on Aug 22 2012

The Prodigal God. Even its title creates discomfort for some.

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I'd Rather Be Reading

on Feb 08 2012

Keller deconstructs all those prideful thoughts, then gives hope by describing God's extravagant grace in bringing all people to Jesus. This short book packs a wallop, and I recommend it to everyone.

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