The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy
Keller, Timothy J.
“Who are your people? Who are you called to serve? Where do you feel accepted? What gives your life meaning? How do you respond when the storms of life arrive? The best books are written at the intersection of the human experience and Scripture how God authoritatively answers these questions. Reading Tim Kellers The Prodigal Prophet, I was convicted by a book that refused to limit the questions above to the abstract. I could not help but see myself in Jonah, a man who used his faith when it was convenient, but had little vision for the expansiveness of Gods saving mercy. Often assuming, Of course God would save me and my people, but are you sure you want them in the family of God? They probably wont listen anyway. In these pages you will find profound and specific teaching about topics every human deals with, questions that are addressed in living color in the book of Jonah: Where is God in the darkest moments of life? How is God working in times of both cultural confusion and personal failure? Through Kellers teaching youll find immediate, practical applications to a range of topics such identity, evangelism, mercy ministry, social justice, common grace, the churchs role in culture, and more. But most importantly, we see the mystery of Gods mercy at work on whomever God wills - the pagan sailor, your atheist neighbor, the prophet who is too proud to preach to those outside his comfort zone, and your own flawed faith.”See All
An angry prophet. A feared and loathsome enemy. A devastating storm. And the surprising message of a merciful God to his people.The story of Jonah is one of the most well-known parables in the Bible. It is also the most misunderstood. Many people, even those who are nonreligious, are familiar with Jonah: A rebellious prophet who defies God and is swallowed by a whale. But there's much more to Jonah's story than most of us realize. In The Prodigal Prophet, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller reveals the hidden depths within the book of Jonah. Keller makes the case that Jonah was one of the worst prophets in the entire Bible. And yet there are unmistakably clear connections between Jonah, the prodigal son, and Jesus. Jesus in fact saw himself in Jonah. How could one of the most defiant and disobedient prophets in the Bible be compared to Jesus? Jonah's journey also doesn't end when he is freed from the belly of the fish. There is an entire second half to his story--but it is left unresolved within the text of the Bible. Why does the book of Jonah end on what is essentially a cliffhanger? In these pages, Timothy Keller provides an answer to the extraordinary conclusion of this biblical parable--and shares the powerful Christian message at the heart of Jonah's story.