The Prodigal God

The Prodigal God, by Tim Keller ★★★
This book was read at the recommendation of Pastor David Scott, and a good recommendation it was. I had already read another book by Tim Keller and found this text about as enjoyable. Keller takes the parable of the Prodigal Son and expounds on the two sons and the nature of God in both instances. The nature of the sons is discussed as fitting the character of many that we find in church, yet both are offensive to God. Interestingly, both are offensive to those who are exploring the nature of Christianity and happen to visit a church. This book is a lesson in our attitude toward God, not expecting God to bless us simply because we serve him better than others, or because we deserve it. Keller starts the book out slow, and builds steam, taking until the last chapter to discuss the true implications to the Prodigal Son narrative. In that chapter, he details how God has a great feast preserved for us and welcomes us. Yet, this feast will be enjoyed by neither the younger nor elder son, but by those who come to the feast on God’s terms for His sake, and not ours. This is a short book, that can be read in 1-2 sittings, and a worthy volume to have digested.