From the inspirational author of The Ragamuffin Gospel comes a
powerful contemporary retelling of the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
Jack Chisholm is "the people's pastor." He leads a devoted and
growing megachurch, has several best-selling books, and a memorable
slogan, "We have got to do better." Jack knows how to preach, and
he understands how to chastise people into performing. What he
doesn't know is anything about grace. This year, when it comes time
for the Christmas sermon, the congregation at Grace Cathedral will
look to the pulpit, and Jack will not be there. Of course, they
will have seen plenty of him already-on the news. After an evening
of debauchery that leads to an affair with his beautiful assistant,
Jack Chisholm finds himself deserted with chilling swiftness. The
church elders remove him from his own pulpit. His publisher
withholds the royalties from his books. Worst of all, his wife
disappears with their eight-year-old daughter. But just as Jack is
hitting bottom, hopeless and penniless, drinking his way to
oblivion, who should appear but his long-estranged father,
imploring his prodigal son: "Come home." A true companion piece to
The Ragamuffin Gospel, The Prodigal illustrates the power of grace
through the story of a broken man who finally saw Jesus not because
he preached his greatest sermon or wrote his most powerful book,
but because he failed miserably. Jack Chisholm lost everything-his
church, his family, his respect, and his old way of believing-but
he found grace. It's the same grace that Brennan Manning devoted
his life to sharing: profound in nature and coming from a God who
loves us just as we are, and not as we should be. "A wonderfully
written story that is as entertaining as it is thought provoking."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review ". . . the consummate final
tale. What they have created is the Ragamuffin at his best, full of
hope, full of love, and finally, full of belief in the goodness of
God." -Phyllis Tickle, founding editor, Religion Department,
Publishers Weekly "Brennan Manning's last work continues the
powerful message of grace and forgiveness that has transformed so
many lives. The Prodigal will transform you too." -Mark Batterson,
New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker
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The Prodigal - A Ragamuffin Story
Tue, 27 May 2014 | Review by: Kathy
This is a wonderful story of a man of God who fails himself and his family through one moment of weakness. He loses his pride, his living, but his earthly father treats him just like the son in the parable of the Prodigal Son. Former friends reject him but his father supports him emotionally and financially. His father acts just like Our Father does, forever loving us, forgiving us and lifting us up.
If you feel you have failed yourself at any time, and that God has deserted you, read this uplifting story of forgiveness, love and community acceptance.
Revd Kathy Whiteley
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