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~Free Kindle ♟ The Prodigal God: Christianity Redefined Through the Parable of the Prodigal Sons ☹ 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 SalvationTaking 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 WayLook Out For Timothy Keller S Latest Book, The Songs Of Jesus, Coming From Viking On November , It is hard to imagine a person who loves God, or a person considering the existence of God, not benefitting from reading this beautiful exposition of the parable of the two lost sons aka, the prodigal son The book is simultaneously short and simple, deep and profound It is one that I will return to again and again God used this book to penetrate my soul deeply resulting in personal confession and worship.Quotes If, like the elder brother, you believe that God ought to bless you and help you because you have worked so hard to obey him and be a good person, then Jesus may be your helper, your example, even your inspiration, but he is not your Savior You are serving as your own Savior.It s not the repentance that causes the father s love, but rather the reverse.Repentance is not less than that, but it is much , because the list approach isn t sufficient to address the condition of the elder brother.To truly become Christians we must also repent of the reasons we ever did anything right.The key difference between a Pharisee and a believer in Jesus is inner heart motivation Pharisees are being good but out of a fear fueled need to control God.Rather, he is saying that the inevitable sign that you know you are a sinner saved by sheer, costly grace is a sensitive social conscience and a life poured out in deeds of service to the poor Younger brothers are too selfish and elder brothers are too self righteous to care for the poor.Religion operates on the principle of I obey therefore I am accepted by God The basic operating principle of the gospel is I am accepted by God through the work of Jesus Christ therefore I obey. Like many people, I assumed the word prodigal meant wayward or wasteful So when Timothy Keller s book first hit the book shelves, I remember looking at the front cover, noticing the NY Times Bestseller sticker on the label and thinking to myself, Bah, this must be another self help spiritual book about a god who wants to be in a relationship with man in order to bless him but needs some help finding his way But after noticing this book under the arms of men whose faith I admire and seeing it distributed with the Angel Tree gifts our church sent out last Christmas, giving the book further investigation seemed like a wise choice.Keller s book starts out by clarifying the definition of prodigal 1 recklessly extravagant, and 2 having spent everything which gives understanding for the book s title, The Prodigal God He then puts the story in context with the rest of the chapter of Luke, noting that this parable is Jesus response to the grumbling Pharisees and scribes around him and that Christ starts the story by saying, There was a man who had two sons By the end of the first chapter, I realized that Timothy Keller s careful handling of Biblical exegesis would not allow this book to just be another dry re hashing of a wayward son who wound up gnawing on pig feed because of his disobedience to God, and the reader can come away with than just the knowledge that God is rich in mercy and grace no matter what we ve done.Keller goes on to lay a solid foundation to the story by drawing attention to the fact that the older brother does not enter into the feast at the end of the parable So what we have is two lost sons the moralistic older brother who follows all the rules, trying to merit his father s good graces, as well as the wayward and reckless younger brother These are two personalities everybody can identify with and apart from walking in God s grace, these two brothers represent the way in which man alienates himself from God.Our society is divided into two cultures, as Keller points out The culture of the older brother is the conventional moral conformist, commonly known for stability as well as striving to please authority figures The younger brother culture lives by their own rules, walking a path of self discovery Every person gravitates to one of these two categories, and some combine the two Both cultures proclaim, If those people would follow our example, the world would be a better place Our problem is that, no matter what side of the cultural divide we land on, we still play the role of the two lost sons, alienating ourselves from the Father by a self centered focus on either keeping all the rules or breaking them all.Within every person s heart is a hunger for home The Prodigal God seeks to show us there is no satisfaction in our own efforts and pursuits to fill that longing with the things of this world since they are only here to serve as signs and reminders pointing to the feast Christ s saving work If you want a deeper understanding of how we live next to the feast without entering or wander far from it, and if you want a better idea of what this feast looks like, then I recommend reading this book. For such a relatively small tome, the impact it s left on me has been tremendous prod i gal prodigel adjective1 recklessly extravagant2 having spent everything The duality of that definition never occurred to me before I got a hold of The Prodigal God This book dissects one of the most oft recited parables in all of Jesus ministry The Prodigal Son Though the author is quick to point out that the story Jesus used as a teaching illustration wasn t named that by Himhe simply started out by saying There was a man who had two sons Keller suggests that instead of focusing on the lost son, as so many reading or teaching this parable are prone to do, we consider looking at it as a story of TWO lost sons And from there, he lays out a studious argument for why both sons were in fact equally lost in their own destructive ways One went off in overt rebellion and in your face dishonor selfishness, while the other suffered from a insidious heart condition one masked by legalism and pride Both were equally wrong Both grieved their father.It took until I was well into adulthood before I grasped the actual context of this story Jesus was hanging out with a crowd of what Jewish society at the time would have considered the most undesirable people tax collectors and other all around sinners The uber religious folk of that time culture Pharisees and teachers of the law were of course watching and muttering amongst themselves about the poor quality of company Jesus was keeping It was in the midst of this setting that Jesus told not one but three parables, culminating with the one The Prodigal God focuses on If I let myself highlight everything that struck me as poignant in this book, there would be highlighting than not But here are a few favorite illuminating quotes Religion operates on the principle of I obey therefore I am accepted by God The basic operating principle of the gospel is I am accepted by God through the work of Jesus Christ therefore I obey The key difference between a Pharisee and a believer in Jesus is inner heart motivation Pharisees are being good but out of a fear fueled need to control God If, like the elder brother, you believe that God ought to bless you and help you because you have worked so hard to obey him and be a good person, then Jesus may be your helper, your example, even your inspiration, but he is not your Savior You are serving as your own Savior Keller also brought to my attention this critical point I ll admit I somehow overlooked for my almost entire life It was the wild younger son who ultimately repented and reconciled himself to his fatherbut we re left not knowing if the self righteous elder son did or not Jesus may have invented the cliffhanger ending If I ve not realized the depth and significance of such a small piece of scripture, I have to wonder how very limited my understanding of the rest of it must be And I m both humbled and inspired to spend consistent time in studying that which my tiny mind can never fully comprehend the mysterious and boundless nature of God. A balm to my soul A compassionate, joyful, fleshed out reminder of the Gospel I can see why Keller is compared to a modern Lewis This was my first book of his but it won t be the last And you cranky people can put that in your pipe and smoke it. Short treatise on the parable of the prodigal son Excellent points about not only what we often think of as the point of the story, the son who goes astray the prodigal , but also a great point about the dangers of being the elder son , but the best thing of all about the book is a short look at the word prodigal It is God who is the lavish giver in this parable He lavishly gives to his undeserving sons, both of them prod i gal pr d l adjective1.spending money or resources freely and recklessly wastefully extravagant prodigal habits die hard synonyms wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, improvident, imprudent, immoderate, profligate, thriftless, excessive, intemperate, irresponsible, self indulgent, reckless, wanton prodigal habits die hard 2.having or giving something on a lavish scale the dessert was crunchy with brown sugar and prodigal with whipped cream synonyms generous, lavish, liberal, unstinting, unsparing, bountiful Morenounnoun prodigal plural noun prodigals1.a person who spends money in a recklessly extravagant way. 2011 I finally read my first Tim Keller book Excellent, very engaging His main point there are two brothers in the parable, not just one And thus, moralism is just as bad as the behaivour we normally call sin Which means that both the sinful person and the moral person are both far from the Father, because neither is relying on his grace to meet their true need I also loved the chapter on hope, where he presents the biblical theme of exile and homecoming This chapter was where I most agreed with the comparisons I ve heard between Tim Keller and CS Lewis. Quick read Small book both physically and in its 148 pp Whole thing is based on the parable of the prodigal son Most of us just think it s about forgiving Rowdy Roddy 2 Son , but Keller spends 150 pp telling us, Nope Wrong Nicely, I mean.For him, the parable is about equally bad bros both the prodigal who burns through Dad s money and then comes back as a penitent AND the elder, who resents the fact that his father welcomes Rowdy home Guess who comes out smelling like a Biblical rose Yep Dad.Anyway, Keller first divides much of mankind between elder brother and younger brother types the tow the rope, self described pillars of society and religion and the free spirits who go off and blow it off They re equally sinful, in their way, and Keller equates religious zealots who judge others as being guilty of the elder son s sin Cool He takes it beyond that, drawing in a few literary references along the way, and finishing with a rather open and refreshing view of religion Christianity started as an anti religion, if that helps.Easy, thought provoking stuff Atheists who dismiss believers are in here too Guess what Elder son sorts Just like the Pharisees Go figure. I didn t get on with this at all It started with the title and although someone tried to persuade me not to get distracted by it, it is on every page Choosing a less offensive title, however, wouldn t have made this a better book.Keller dissects the parable of the prodigal son He introduces the subject as if he has some new and profound revelation, but actually most of the material has been documented before The things that were new have, in my opinion, been found as a result of Keller reading far into the parable than was intended by Jesus John MacArthur once mentioned that numerous preachers had spent a lot of time considering what various characters in the parables may have been intending thinking He points out that none of them were thinking anything because they were fictional Sometimes, it s best just to take the story at face value It can be worth looking at the cultural context but going beyond that and seeking hidden meanings can lead to some dubious places.Keller reintroduces a lot of the material found in Desiring God by John Piper I didn t rate this book either He focuses on affections as being triggered by an emotional response to God Jesus He makes this an essential part of salvation He doesn t back this up with Scripture In fact, I found that a lot of what he said wasn t backed up convincingly with Scripture.He does talk about obedience but fails to mention that we are told in John 14 vs 15 If you love Me, you will obey My commands There is nothing in this verse or elsewhere about manipulating emotions or affections.Someone else commented in their review that Keller is trying to get us to worship God for Who He is Obviously this should be our goal, but the reviewer pointed out that God encourages us to look for eternal rewards Store up treasure in heaven etc He points out that if the hope of eternal life was removed then it would leave people desperately trying to force themselves to worship God with no expectation of reward How can any of us be expected to do that especially with fallen hearts I think Keller may be setting a lot of people up for disappointment when they can t find the experiences or emotions they have been told to seekA pastor I know once said that he thought Keller was a dangerous man Now, I can see why He has enough intelligence for his opinions to be adopted and to become mainstream I will stick to the likes of MacArthur who quote Scripture throughout He has also written a book on the prodigal son which I highly recommend A Tale of Two Sons. Nearly every Christian knows, in an obvious way, that he most repent of his rebellious sin and loose living But, repenting of good works This is almost completely foreign Good works are what Christians are supposed to pursue, right How can they be a bad thing In this book, Tim Keller excellently demonstrates how good works without a proper gospel foundation are damnable before God Keller elaborates on what he calls Elder Brother ness, referring to the elder brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15 11 32 After breaking the parable into two acts, Keller examines the root heart issues in each brother s story and how each desperately needs God s grace, grace which God dispenses prodigally on his children.This book is for church people, and I know many church people who need it From the super rigid Reformed folks to the light hearted Charismatics, all believers have much to gain from reading Keller s work I was both encouraged and convicted through the entire read Definitely a winner here.