Book Review: The Prodigal God

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Prodigal God:  Recovering The Heart Of The Christian Faith, by Timothy Keller

The parable of the prodigal son, as it is often known, is full of depth, and this book is at least the second great book (the first by the late Henri Nouwen) that I have read on the subject.  Both books are, of course, very different.  Nouwen’s work [1] focuses on the identity of the three people and notes (as does Keller) that both of the sons in the story were lost for different reasons, and comments on his own life as well as art criticism while discussing the parable.  It is a moving account of someone who felt that he had been lost in resentment and forgiven and restored by a loving God as a wounded healer.  Keller is no less interested in talking about the lostness of both the younger and elder brother, but he…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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