“For skeptics, Keller gave The Reason for God. For sinners (all of us!): the extravagant grace of The Prodigal God. Fall in love with the gospel—for the first time or all over again”
Mark Traphagen , Westminster Bookstore Staff, 2008
The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
Listen to a sermon by Timothy Keller entitled The Prodigal Sons.
Source: Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Listen to a sermon by Ed Clowney that Keller says "[It] changed the way I understood Christianity," entitled Sharing the Father's Welcome.
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This short book is meant to do no less than lay out the essentials of the Christian message, the gospel. It can therefore serve as an introduction to the Christian faith for those who are unfamiliar with it or who may have been away from it for some time.
This volume is not just for seekers, however. Many lifelong Christian believers feel they understand the basics of the Christian faith quite well and certainly don't think they need a primer. Nevertheless, one of the signs that you don't grasp the unique, radical nature of the gospel is that you think you do. Sometimes long-time church members find themselves so struck and turned around by a fresh apprehension of the Christian message of grace that they feel themselves to have been essentially "reconverted." This book, then, is written to both curious outsiders and established insiders of the faith, to both the people Jesus calls "younger" and "elder" brothers in his famous Parable of the Prodigal Son.
About the Author
As the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Tim Keller started his congregation with a few dozen people. It now draws over five thousand weekly attendees who meet in three Manhattan locations. Redeemer has since spawned a movement of churches across America and throughout major world cities. Many pastors model their churches on Redeemer and Tim's thoughtful style of preaching.