Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett
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.
Loved this book.
This is a beautifully written story about God’s grace, about the Father who loves us even before we ask for forgiveness. It’s about coming home.
Jack is frustrating, he so doesn’t get a lot of stuff at the beginning of the book. He is very arrogant but if you push through that you will come to care for him and probably even see yourself reflected in him in some way.
I love that Jack goes back home to the people he has left behind and in them (most of them) he finds grace and forgiveness.
This book drew me in and I read it pretty quickly because it was so good. What makes it so good is the deeper, underlying message you will find for yourself as you read.
There was only one area I wasn’t too happy about but I can’t share that with you because you don’t discover it until the end, so you will just have to read it to figure it out.
This is definitely a Genesis 5020 book. What the enemy wanted to use to ruin Jack, God turned around and used it for the good for many.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Book Sneeze program in exchange for an honest review.