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, Keller takes his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity and uses the parable of the prodigal son to reveal an unexpected message of hope and salvation.
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.
After reading Timothy Keller’s Prodigal God, I’m struck once again by the abundance of spiritual truth in the parable of the prodigal son. Keller focused on the elder brother, and how his obedience to the father, paradoxically enough, was a strategy for rebellion. He served his father to serve himself, for the same selfish ends as the younger brother who demanded his inheritance early. Thus, when we repent, we shouldn’t just repent of wrongdoings–“we must also repent of the reasons we ever did anything right…We must learn how to repent of the sin under all our other sins and under all our righteousness–the sin of seeking to be our own Savior and Lord.”