The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith

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Penguin, 2008 - Religion - 139 pages
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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.

 

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Amazing how someone can take a passage that you've heard taught a million times and bring profound new application from it. Great short book that every Christian should read. Read full review

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This is the first book I've read of Timothy Keller's; I'm hooked! This is one of the best books I have ever read in years. Like most people, I have read the story of the prodigal son numerous times ... Read full review

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Contents

The People Around Jesus All gathering around to hear him
7
Why People Like Jesus but Not the Church
11
The Two Lost Sons There was a man who had two sons
17
The Younger Brothers Plan
20
The Lost Elder Brother
25
Redefining Sin All these years Ive been slaving for you
29
Two Lost Sons
33
A Deeper Understanding of Sin
37
Who We Need
79
Redefining Hope He set off for a far country
90
The Difficulty of Return
98
The Feast at the End of History
102
The Feast of the Father He heard music and dancing
105
Salvation Is Experiential
106
Salvation Is Material
110
Salvation Is Individual
113

Both Wrong Both Loved
44
Redefining Lostness The older brother became angry and refused to go in
48
Slavishness and Emptiness
57
Who Needs to Know This?
65
The True Elder Brother My son everything I have is yours
73
Salvation Is Communal
124
Babettes Feast
127
Acknowledgments
134
Notes
136
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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, Virgina. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redemmer 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.

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