The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
“Religious people will findperhaps for the first timeinsights 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 salvationinto the presence of Jesus Christ, the Prodigal God Himself.”See All
Founder, Prison Fellowship
“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.”See All
Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church
“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.”See All
Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church
“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.”See All
D. A. Carson
Professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Books at a Glance
Source: Redeemer Presbyterian Church
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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.