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The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith

The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
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Keller, Timothy

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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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Publisher's Description

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.

Book Details

158 Pages
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: October 2008
ISBN 10: 0525950796
ISBN 13: 9780525950790

“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

“There is more than one way to run away from God and defy him. But there is only one way back: God is so prodigal in his grace that he reaches out to humble and restore and receive both. Few books unpack this theme with greater force than this slim volume from Tim Keller.”
- D. A. Carson, Professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

The Prodigal God is vintage Keller--biblically faithful with a fresh angularity. That is, Keller seizes a great truth and comes at it from an angle and with language that help us see it in new ways.”
- John Piper, Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church

“The insight that Tim Keller has about the two individuals in the story and the heart of the God who loves them both... it is not much of an overstatement to say I read that and God wrecked me afresh.”
- Bill Hybels, Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church

“Religious people will find—perhaps for the first time—insights into themselves and the love of God that just might shatter any outward shell of mere religiosity on which they are depending and draw them into the presence of real light, glory, and salvation—into the presence of Jesus Christ, the Prodigal God Himself.”
- Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship