Saturday, January 31, 2009

Book Review: The Prodigal God

I have a goal for the upcoming year, 2009, to read and review a book a month. It is a bit for accountability and a book to share some reviews of books that I believe are worth reading.

And, I imagine that I the rest of the year will be a bit anti-climatic after reading The Prodigal God. It is a short book, 133 pages, and a really easy read. It is a story about a story that you have no doubt read a lot of times, The Prodigal Son. It would be easy to dismiss it, I know, because I almost did. But, I am so glad I didn't. Two good friends whom I greatly respect both raved about this book, so I picked it up, started it on the plane to Zambia and finished it a week ago. The title is The Prodigal God by Tim Keller who is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. I love this book because he dives headlong into the story of the Prodigal Son and opens the story like no one I ever have seen. But in opening the story, he reveals that the story of the Prodigal Son is more about the prideful, selfish, unconcerned older brother in whom his story never resolves. The prodigal son comes home but the older brother doesn't have an ending. It was on purpose, a story meant for the Pharisees, and an invitation to also come home.

I don't even know where to start in explaining how revolutionary this book was to me. I have been thinking about this books weeks after reading it and I am still amazed at how he has unveiled my own sin, my own older brother realities and I guess I just have to say, you must read this book for yourself. I know that is a lame out. But, it is that revolutionary and I don't want to ruin it for you.

Next up: How people Change, by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp

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