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The Prodigal God by Timothy J. Keller
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Jun 03, 2012

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Keller takes a very unique angle in exploring the sotry of the prodigal son. He does examine the story from the youngest son's view-the way most of us view the story. The son who takes his father's money, spends it and wants to come home as a humble slave to his father. The father when he sees him runs to meet him and welcomes him home.

Keller also looks at it from the oldest son's view. He is angery and refuses to come into to the feast thrown for the youngest son when he returns. Keller points out that this attitude was as wrong as the youngest son. The oldest son had followed the rules and like the pharasises he felt that entittled him to his father's estate. He had no love, just a superiority view. Many Christians today take that same view as rule followers who are entittled while the wild child others are unworthy.

So why not 5 stars then? Well Keller's analysis is very unique but he pounds on it for 6 chapters. it seemed like we had the same point made in many different ways.

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