“thought provoking....”Dayna W wrote this review Monday, July 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“a distinctive view of God through the parable of the prodigal son. Turns out it wasn't the younger son, nor even the older one, that was prodigious.”Janie P wrote this review Saturday, July 25, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Easy to pick up when time is short and return to frequently. There are interesting connections between Dallas and Timothy's views.”Claudia T wrote this review Friday, July 24, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This short book reflects careful exegesis and thoughtful homiletics on the story traditionally called the Prodigal Son (though he rejects the title). It's what a strong sermon should be - insightful and practical. Having read John Piper's sermon series from Luke 15 a few years ago, much of this was ground that I had already tread. But Keller presents it with a different style that is equally engaging. ”Phil H wrote this review Monday, July 13, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very interesting -- the author looks at the story of the prodigal son (Jesus' parable) and points out that there were 2 rebellious sons, not just one -- but the author showed that it was the FATHER who was the true prodigal -- I enjoyed looking at God (the Father in the story) as the "lavish and extravagant spendthrift" - in order to redeem us. Made me very grateful for the compassion of God that moves him to such extremes to bring us into his family! ”Linda L wrote this review Thursday, February 11, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's interesting to see Keller take a different approach on this parable, and which now after reading this book, I believe is the correct approach. It's easy to embrace Christ's parable, when he talks about the prodigal son, but it's interesting to look at the older brother in the parable.
If you're familiar with the parable, there are three main characters: the father, the young brother, and the elder brother. In the beginning of the book, Keller notes that so many Christians focus on the feel good story of the prodigal son that wasted his life on worldly indulgences and returns home to be restored. Although that is part of the story, Keller poses the question, is that what the parable is really about? Keller argues that this parable was taught to the Pharisees. Keller argues that the parable is really about the elder brother, who is disgruntled with his father, that even though he has remained faithful to his father for all his years, he was not rewarded for that faithfulness. Keller proves that really, as the younger brother who squandered his inheritance, an act of showing that he really didn't love his father, that the same was true for the elder brother who was more concerned with the reward than the father's love.
I promise that if you have been a Christian for some time now, this book will crush you, it will convict you, it will make you pray, and it will make you cry. Don't take this as me saying "you have to be a man" to read this book, what I am saying in this it's a good thing to be ruined. And I don't say "it will ruin you" in a Greg Boros sort of way, I'm saying it will ruin you in a way that is oh so sweet. You will come to desire God more.!
Fantastic book. Go and buy this book right now.”
“Nice treatment -- overworked. Basically a sermon milked for all you can get.”C. R. Wiley wrote this review Friday, May 22, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First of all I had to understand that the word “prodigal” means extravagant spender, not wayward. This is such an excellent look at the parable that is commonly said to be about the Prodigal Son. Keller shows that Jesus is talking about the two extremes for seeking God: the way of the younger son (find your own way) and the elder son (high morals). Neither way is the right way. That’s important for those who don’t like religion and it’s imperative for those who think that keeping rules is the only way to please God.”kingfisher wrote this review Thursday, May 14, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent book that puts the story of the "prodigal son" in a whole knew light and helps you see it from more than one perspective. Easy read and very insightful.”Michelle T wrote this review Friday, April 24, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No