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The Prodigal God – Tim Keller
January 2, 2009, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Some food for today | Tags: , , , , ,
After reading The Reason for God by Tim Keller I had to get his recently published book The Prodigal God. Apparently these books where written at the same time one written for the non-Chrisitian audience and the other written for Christians. Now this latest book is much shorter and easier to read than the first however the message is still just as powerful and to the heart. In summary it is a book about the parable of the prodigal son.

Prodigal: What on earth does this mean? It can be seen in both its positive and negative light and means to be recklessly extravagant and having spend everything. So tying the word prodigal to the son and God doesn’t seem so strange now.

Whenever I read a book I want to be able to take something away from it that challenges me to change my life, reaffirm something I already know, challenge me, see some aspect in a new (better) light etc… The following points are some things that did the above.
  • The prodigal son parable is not about only the younger son. It’s about 2 sons, the younger and older one and how their father treats them.
  • We can be alienated from God in 2 ways.
  1. Younger brother – Live the way WE want to
  2. Older brother – Moral conformity
This is the gospel: Everyone is wrong, everyone is loved, and everyone is called to recognise this and change.

I want to write down a lot more stuff but Tim says is much better than I do. Buy the book, read it in 2-3 days. It’s worth it!
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I agree. Too many ‘religious’ people get stuck in this rut, and harden their image of God. Turning him into some angry moralistic bigot that must be pleased. But thank God Almighty that his Love for us isn’t based on performance!

Jordan
http://www.theriverjordan.net

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