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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340979984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340979983
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Timothy Keller is senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Manhattan: and New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God. He is also author of Counterfeit Gods and The Prodigal God book, film, and discussion guide.

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Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbours, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians. (Christianity Today magazine)

A fine exposition of the heart of the Christian faith...much needed at the present time (Evangelicals Now)

Another great choice for a short, punchy read... Keller shows us that the challenge in this striking parable is for the older brother too. (Together Magazine)

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Timothy Keller focuses on Jesus' best-known parable - the prodigal son - as a paradigm for the central messages of Christianity: grace, hope and salvation

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. Mason on 25 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Whether you have been a Christian for decades or just interested in the real message of Christianity this book is worth every penny. Keller has the gift of being able to explain the message of the Bible in ways that grip you and challenge the way you think.

Looking at the famous Parable of the Prodigal Son Keller opens up the story to show Jesus' message of the three ways to live, and dismantles misunderstandings that many hold about the message of Christianity.

This book is a very easy read - my two teenage sons couldn't put it down.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gethin Jones on 28 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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This book may transform your life because it presents the only message in the world capable of bringing about such change - namely, the Bible's message of God's extravagant love for undeserving bad people.

I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE...
Why?

In this book, Keller, in his classic simple yet intelligent way, offers a fresh presentation of the message of the Christian faith - not by devising a new message, but by going back to the Bible (mainly focusing on the parable known as "The Prodigal Son" - or as it should be put - "The Parable of the Two Lost Sons") and showing that its message is sadly quite different from the moralism many religious church-goers present. In this sense, the book challenges and shocks Christians as it reminds them of the wonder of the love God freely shows to bad people. In doing this, the book will also provide the sceptic with a clear presentation of the message the Bible presents of God's free offer of his extravagant yet undeserved love.

All readers - both Christians and sceptics alike - will be pointed to the true heart of the Christian faith in a way that does bring challenge, but also a thrilling sense of refreshment and hope. While it will involve everyone admitting to failure, it is then that it can take all readers to experience and enjoy the free love of God and to see what it cost Him in sending Jesus to pay with his life - buying us back - it's a love that is free for us yet was so costly for him. As mentioned above, this is the only message that can bring real change in someone's life - Keller also explains how and why this is the case is a most helpful way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. D. A. Bloor on 15 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
Although there are a lot of authors floating around who are repeatedly compared and hyped up as the 'next C.S. Lewis', it is fair to say that Timothy Keller deserves the comparison.

This brilliant book manages to expand upon one of the many parables Jesus taught - 'The Prodigal Son'. However, although this parable is often focused heavily on the mercy of the father towards the son, Keller makes the alternative point that in fact it is far worse to be the elder brother, rather than the younger one (ultimately concluding that you should strive to be neither, but an in between brother).

Although I would love to review this book extensively I do not have the time. However, what I will say is it has shifted and completely shown me a new Christianity I never saw. While I was always afraid that my moral efforts would anger God if they were not good enough, in this book I realised that Christ loves us! And while the son was a long way off, the father met him and ran towards his son and embraced him with love. This sort of love breeds TRUE obedience, devoid of fears about stumbling.

Great book, great author and some really good quotes from other theologians too, as well mentioning a few other brilliant literary achievements.

Read this! It WILL change your view on who God really is!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter R VINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2009
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I was recommended this book by my Pastor, as a resource for a talk on Grace that I will soon be giving. I am so glad I made the time to read this book - and you don't need a whole lot of time!

This is probably one of the easiest books about Grace you will ever read. I found the Discipline of Grace The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holinessa fantastic read. I have also read Terry Virgo's book God's Lavish Grace. Both are excellent and I highly recommend them as well.

However, this book is almost less theoretical and gets to the HEART of Grace.

You will be challenged to look at your thought process, whether it is about the Parable of the Lost Son, or as Tim Keller calls it 'the Parable of the Two Lost Sons', or your thought process about how God deals with us, how we deal with other people and how we deal with ourselves with regards to grace.

I would recommend buying it because it is a short book and I know that I will get things out of it from a second and third reading, or just dipping into it that I didn't pick up on the first time round.

I agree with one of the other reviewers - regardless of your interaction with Christianity, this is a book you should read.

If you want to get a good understanding of what Christianity is about then this is a great book to start with (other than the Bible!).
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