The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story (Unabridged, Mp3)
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About "The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story (Unabridged, Mp3)"
From the inspirational author of The Ragamuffin Gospel comes a powerful contemporary retelling of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Jack Chisholm is "the people's pastor." He leads a devoted and growing mega-church, has several bestselling books, and a memorable slogan, "We have got to do better." Jack knows how to preach, and he understands how to chastise people into performing. What he doesn't know is anything about grace.This year, when it comes time for the Christmas sermon, the congregation at Grace Cathedral will look to the pulpit, and Jack will not be there. Of course, they will have seen plenty of him already -- on the news. After an evening of debauchery that leads to an affair with his beautiful assistant, Jack Chisholm finds himself deserted with chilling swiftness. The church elders remove him from his own pulpit. His publisher withholds the royalties from his books. Worst of all, his wife disappears with their eight-year-old daughter.But just as Jack is hitting bottom, hopeless and penniless, drinking his way to oblivion, who should appear but his long-estranged father, imploring his prodigal son: "Come home."A true companion piece to The Ragamuffin Gospel, The Prodigal illustrates the power of grace through the story of a broken man who finally saw Jesus not because he preached his greatest sermon or wrote his most powerful book, but because he failed miserably. Jack Chisholm lost everything -- his church, his family, his respect, and his old way of believing -- but he found grace. It's the same grace that Brennan Manning devoted his life to sharing: profound in nature and coming from a God who loves us just as we are, and not as we should be.
Meet the Authors
Brennan Manning has spent the past 40 years helping others experience the reality of God's love and grace. It's at the heart of everything he's written and done. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his spiritual journey has taken him down a variety of paths. He has taught seminarians, spoken to packed arenas, lived in a cave and labored with the poor in Spain, and ministered to shrimpers in Alabama. He currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Brennan is best known as the author of the contemporary classics The Ragamuffin Gospel; Abba's Child; Ruthless Trust, and The Importance of Being Foolish. Most recently he has produced Patched Together and The Furious Longing of God.
Greg Garrett (Ph.D., Oklahoma State University) is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Free Bird, and Cycling, the memoir Crossing Myself,and non-fiction books including Holy Superheroes!; The Gospel Reloaded (with Chris Seay), and The Gospel According to Hollywood.
He is professor of English at Baylor University and writer in residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. He directs Art & Soul, a nationally recognized festival of religion and the arts, at Baylor University. He has provided the translation for Mark and Hebrews in The Voice, a post-modern translation of Scripture.
Most recently he has authored We Get to Carry Each Other:The Gospel according to U2; Stories from the Edge: A Theology of Grief; No Idea: entrusting your journey to a God who knows and Shame.