Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith

Tim Keller opens up a new way of looking at the story of the Prodigal Son. He opens up many new aspects of Jesus' parable that I hadn't thought of before. A must read to more fully understand the heart of God.  

One of the most thought-provoking points is that the story is actually about both brothers and the father. Most people focus on the younger brother, his sin and the father's celebratory welcoming home. But, this book takes a more balanced look at what Jesus was intending with the parable. He was speaking to the Pharisees. Therefore, the elder brother's response is equally as interesting - especially since I hadn't given the elder brother as much thought before.

I finished it in a couple of hours. An easy read. I couldn't put it down. I hope to read more of Keller this year.


  1. i know a guy who really likes keller's stuff. i'll ask him if he'll hook you up.