My husband kept telling me I would love Prodigal God (2008) and I finally picked it up as a study for my small group. It’s a short book, and extremely powerful.
You are probably familiar with the story in Luke 15 often known as “the parable of the prodigal son”. Keller argues that we’ve missed 80 percent of the meaning behind this story because we focus on the Younger Brother. It is rather a story of two sons – both lost, both seeking fulfillment and happiness in ways that are empty and sinful. Keller says the parable redefines sin and lostness, and helps us understand how the Older Brother is just as lost as the Younger Brother. Keller explores Jesus Christ as the true Elder Brother, how we long for home and find it so difficult to return, and how our Heavenly Father welcomes us into a feast that is salvation.
Keller writes, “I have seen more people encouraged, enlightened, and helped by this passage, when I explained the true meaning of it, than by any other Biblical text.” Read it. Prodigal God book
And don’t miss the 30 minute teaching video Keller did to accompany the book:
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Thanks Mindy! It’s a great book, as are all the books Keller has written. We buy them in other languages and give them away or let people borrow them — including Prodigal God in Mandarin! An amazing message of how much our God loves us!
In Mandarin! How about that! I think the family imagery and honor/shame concepts are so much more powerful in other cultural contexts. Thanks!