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The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith

Timothy J Keller
The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
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The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith

Timothy J Keller

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In The Prodigal God, New York pastor Timothy Keller uses the story of the prodigal son to shine a light on the central, beautiful message of Jesus: the gospel of grace, hope and salvation. Keller argues that the parable of the prodigal son, while Jesus' best-known parable, is also his least understood. He introduces the reader to all the characters in this timeless story, showing that it concerns not just a wayward son, but also a judgemental older brother and, most importantly, a loving father.This short but powerful book is a reminder to the faithful, an explanation to the seeker, and finally an invitation to all - both older and younger brothers - to enter in to the 'unique, radical nature of the gospel': the reckless, spendthrift love of God.



- Publisher In THE PRODIGAL GOD, New York pastor Timothy Keller uses the story of the prodigal son to shine a light on the central, beautiful message of Jesus: the gospel of grace, hope and salvation.Keller argues that the parable of the prodigal son, while Jesus' best-known parable, is also his least understood. He introduces the reader to all the characters in this timeless story, showing that it concerns not just a wayward son, but also a judgemental older brother and, most importantly, a loving father. In this challenging and inspiring book, Timothy Keller invites both faithful believers and curious outsiders to come to a new and totally life-changing understanding of the central message of the Christian faith.

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About "The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith"

In The Prodigal God, New York pastor Timothy Keller uses the story of the prodigal son to shine a light on the central, beautiful message of Jesus: the gospel of grace, hope and salvation. Keller argues that the parable of the prodigal son, while Jesus' best-known parable, is also his least understood. He introduces the reader to all the characters in this timeless story, showing that it concerns not just a wayward son, but also a judgemental older brother and, most importantly, a loving father.This short but powerful book is a reminder to the faithful, an explanation to the seeker, and finally an invitation to all - both older and younger brothers - to enter in to the 'unique, radical nature of the gospel': the reckless, spendthrift love of God.


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In THE PRODIGAL GOD, New York pastor Timothy Keller uses the story of the prodigal son to shine a light on the central, beautiful message of Jesus: the gospel of grace, hope and salvation.Keller argues that the parable of the prodigal son, while Jesus' best-known parable, is also his least understood. He introduces the reader to all the characters in this timeless story, showing that it concerns not just a wayward son, but also a judgemental older brother and, most importantly, a loving father. In this challenging and inspiring book, Timothy Keller invites both faithful believers and curious outsiders to come to a new and totally life-changing understanding of the central message of the Christian faith.
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Timothy J Keller

Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy. For over twenty-five years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.

He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for faith in an urban culture. In ten years they helped to launch over 250 churches in 48 cities. More recently, Dr. Keller's books - including the New York Times bestselling The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God - have sold over 1 million copies and been translated into 15 languages.

Tim was born in 1950, raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served as the pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, Virginia, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Director of Mercy Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.

Tim and his wife Kathy have three adult sons.

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Short detailed exposition
5 stars By Tim S, Nov 01 2018
The whole book is an exposition of the "prodigal son" parable.

It focuses on both sons and discusses how we are like both. The elder son is likened to the pharisees.

Keller stresses that the focus of the parable is not just on the younger son but actually more about the elder son.

This book is helpful in giving another look at this well known parable.
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You'll probably end up wanting two copies!
5 stars By Sarah, Oct 25 2018
Prepare to be taken on a journey that gives more depth and understanding to the 'Prodigal Son' parable than you ever thought possible. Explore who the text was written to and why, the 'other son' (who often isn't focused on), relevant cultural context which gives even more depth to the parable, and most importantly the Prodigal God who is at the heart of the story.

It is written in a concise, easy to read format that is engaging, gospel centred and encourages self-reflection. You'll find yourself talking to friends, family and possibly even strangers about all that you are learning through this book. You'll probably even end up with a list of people you'll want to lend it to when you are finished...hence you'll probably want a copy to keep and a copy to lend or give away! 

I read this as part of a book club and it has to go down as one of my favourites to date and most certainly my favourite Christian Living title.
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Great explanation of the prodigal son parable
5 stars By Angus, Mar 29 2017
In this book Tim wonderfully emphasises through the parable of the two sons that all of us require God's grace, and that none of us can have a right relationship with him without it. Although the sin of the younger brother is obvious enough, one of the real benefits of this book is that Tim explores the typically-forgotten sin of the older brother and his legalistic ways. This is a fantastic book for personal reading or to go through in groups. It's well written (short, too!) and testifies faithfully and joyfully to God's great love. Highly recommend it. 
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Rich Gospel Insights
5 stars By Ben, Feb 27 2017
This book is a concise and penetrating look at Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15). This parable is often misunderstood, but with his usual insight, Keller helps the reader to grasp what Jesus really meant, and to understand the gospel in its fullness - as something desperately needed by not only those who have strayed far from God, but also desperately needed by those who think they can earn his favour through 'religion'. 5 stars.
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Insightful
5 stars By Mikey, Jan 06 2017
Loved the way Keller dissects the passage and gives us a fresh and insightful look at the prodigal son parable. He recognises the need of putting the parable in it's rightful context to help us understand better the characters in the story and how the first audiencereader would have heard it, and how we today can relate to it. Totally recommend this book to everyone to read, especially if we have grown up in church and are just going through the movements. 
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  • Catalogue Code 292018
  • Product Code 9780340979983
  • ISBN 0340979984
  • EAN 9780340979983
  • Pages 160
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date Oct 2009
  • Sales Rank #223
  • Dimensions 196 x 129 x 11 mm
  • Weight 0.110kg

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