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1.67 out of 51.67 out of 51.67 out of 51.67 out of 51.67 out of 5 1.67 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Keller Narrator: Timothy Keller Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781440644443
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Newsweek called New York Times bestselling author 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth | 2/7/2014

    " A fresh new way of looking at the parable of the prodigal son as told by Jesus in the Gospels. Both sons were prodigal in their own way but the oldest son more so because of his unwillingness to forgive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley K | 2/5/2014

    " A quick, wonderful read. I never thought about the older, law-abiding brother in the parable of the prodigal son, and it makes so much sense that we can be just as sinful by adhering to God's laws with the wrong heart as we can by disregarding His laws and running from them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Bazan | 2/5/2014

    " This is a book that I am going to have to read either annually or semi-annually. It's that type of book. It's not only a short book, but it's also a quick read. Despite that, Keller hits at some of the foundational points of humanity. The book is about the parable of two sons--commonly known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Keller's point is that the story isn't just about the one son--the one who ends up in a pig sty; the father had two sons. And, both were lost. But who ends up at the feast? It is an important reminder that a pendulum swings not only in one direction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitch Nichols | 2/1/2014

    " If you grew up attending church the focus in parable of the Prodigal Son typically was always directed at the rebellious son who came back again. But what about the Father and the brother he left behind and the cultural backdrop that made this such a scandalous story to the 1st Century audience? You will find yourself asking in what way are you the younger or elder brother and do you truly want the Father or just His goods? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnny Mcclean | 1/19/2014

    " The best Christian book I read last year...apart from the Bible. Discussing this book with Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian and secular students has had a profound effect on all of us! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip Ross | 1/19/2014

    " Good introduction to Christianity through the story of the prodigal son. Keller reminds us that there are two sons in the story, and that both sons represent important ways to deny God. By calling the parable the "prodigal son" we ignore the important lesson for the church. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/9/2014

    " I may have liked this more but my pastor recently gave a sermon series loosely built around the themes of the book, so it did not have the shock of the new. I've only read one other piece by Keller, but he's a very very readable author who presents an especially attractive view of the gospel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tuuli Platner | 1/4/2014

    " A standard Keller book - readable, easily-digested, with good biblical support and a fresh view on things. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 12/21/2013

    " Overall this was a great book. It gave an interesting perspective on the parable of the prodigal son, which Keller writes is more aptly called the parable of the two lost sons. This would be a good book for a small group/book club, as there is a lot to discuss and learn from the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Usha | 12/14/2013

    " This book is an eye-opener! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Fletcher | 12/11/2013

    " Know the story of the prodigal son? Read this book and prepare to be stretched. As a long time older brother, this book changed everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Reavis | 11/27/2013

    " Not proud to say -"I am the elder brother" -Lord , help me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Lundberg | 11/22/2013

    " Book caused me to think about the elder son in a new way, directing the parable to not only the known lost but those lost in their own churches. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 11/13/2013

    " Extremely good explanation of the parable of 'The Lost Brother', giving cultural background and clear illustrations. 'Prodigal' doesn't mean what most people think, this is highlighted at the start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauralea | 11/6/2013

    " Beautiful!!! That's all I have to say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rudy | 10/23/2013

    " Nice twist on the story of the "Prodigal Son". I never saw it from the eyes of the the God son, the one that didn't squander his inheritance but was living with a bitter heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 10/17/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read!!! I couldn't put it down and I've recommended it to everyone I know. This is destined to become a book that I read again and again and again to be reminded of its simple but profound truths about the prodigal sons and the prodigal God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Waller | 2/9/2013

    " A foundational view of the gospel will aid the church in both evangelism and every day life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ladan | 1/25/2013

    " Gift from Vincent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/22/2012

    " Keller offers some unique views on the "Parable of the Prodigal Son." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Kalmeyer | 11/15/2012

    " The book hit close to home, ouch! Very good, quick study of the parable of the prodigal son. Are you an elder son?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Hastings | 3/7/2012

    " Best presentation of this parable I have ever read...will surprise you! There's a reason this parable is called "The Prodigal God" ... not, "The Prodigal Son". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 2/10/2012

    " This is an easy read and Keller gives a new and refreshing look at the prodigal of the two sons. A thought provoking book that any Christian would benefit from reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanna | 1/21/2012

    " Fresh perspective on well known parable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 7/5/2011

    " Awesome book! Read it twice in a row and then bought a copy for a friend. Very well written and in true Keller fashion, to the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqui | 5/25/2011

    " Tim Keller's always amazing at exegeting the bible. Even though I'd heard his series with the same name I learned so much more about God's love for both the righteous and the unrighteous. One to read every so often... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 5/24/2011

    " Opens up the story of the "Prodigal Son" in an entirely new way. This books will help redefine how you view the "true" Elder brother. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff | 5/14/2011

    " Growing up, I never really understood "The Parable of the Prodigal Son". Keller managed to turn this parable on its head for me. This was my introduction to Timothy Keller and after this, I would like to read everything he has done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MJ | 4/20/2011

    " This is phenomenal. It changed how I think about God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 4/8/2011

    " You never read the story with this much insight. Read this and then read the Bible Story about the Prodigal Son. You will see it and understand it as never before. A gifted Bible scholar and author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 3/27/2011

    " A helpful interpretation of the parable of the prodigal son. Interesting implications for, as Keller says, why people like Jesus but not the church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 3/23/2011

    " Great book that helped me better understand Jesus' parable of the prodigal son as (1) the story of two sons, (2) the story of our God who is exceedingly spendthrift toward us, & (3) the good news of the gospel itself. Quick yet beneficial read. "

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