The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

“The message of the Bible is that the human race is a band of exiles trying to come home.”

The story of the prodigal son is probably most well-known parable of Jesus. It strikes humanity at its core. We all desire to be free and independent, yet we equally desire to be a part of a community.

Here, Timothy Keller expands the story of the prodigal son. This is not just a parable about one son; it is a story about a son, a brother, a father, and a family. Each one of us can identify with a different character from this parable. We all have moments of rebellion against our family and friends, we all have moments of disdain towards our brothers and sisters, and we all have moments when we yearned for our loved ones.

“Only if you are part of a community of believers seeking to resemble, serve, and love Jesus will you ever get to know him and grow into his likeness.”

Though I personally prefer Henri Nouwen’s words on the prodigal son parable, I think Keller does an amazing job focusing on the two brothers; their similarities and differences. This book is a very easy read with an amazing, inspiring message.