September 19, 2010
#32 The Prodigal God: recovering the heart of the christian faith
Newsweek called renowned minister Timothy Keller “a C. S. Lewis for the twenty-first century” in a feature on his first book, The Reason for God. In that book, he offered a rational explanation of why we should believe in God. Now, in The Prodigal God, he uses one of the best-known Christian parables to reveal an unexpected message of hope and salvation.
About the Author
Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today Redeemer has nearly six thousand regular attendees at five services, a host of daughter churches, and is planting churches in large cities throughout the world.
Keller made me look at the familiar parable of the prodigal son in Luke Chapter 15:11-32 in many different ways beyond God’s grace and mercy. This book was short and sweet and made me really think about what kind of Christ-follower I am and where I stand regarding my hope, sin and salvation.
I heard so many good things about Timothy Keller so it was no brainer to pick up this book when I saw it at the library. I picked up additional book by him since then, recommended by my Dad, called Counterfeit Gods and I can’t wait to start!
Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Within that parable Jesus reveals God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.