Monday, January 6, 2014

The Prodigal by Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett Review

Book Description

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.

My Review:
I did not read The Ragamuffin Gospel, but I still really enjoyed this book. I know the story of the Prodigal Son.  My brother is the only boy and although we have joked and picked on him in the past, he is nothing like the son in this book. He is an amazing father and husband. As I read through this book I thought about how my parents always let us come home, no matter what. Jack is the kind of character that I really dislike. I was hit by drunk drivers, six months apart, that left me disabled. I lost my job, my income and almost my house. Jack deserved what he got. He even had an affair and broke up his marriage. What is even worse is that it was in the news and destroyed his wife. 
Jack finally woke up and decided to make things right. I thought that it was too little too late. He accepted an invitation from his father to go home. He had bad memories of his father and I thought that his father would be like Jack. However what I realized was that this story is more about family and forgiveness, then hatred and hurt. By the end of the book I felt different about Jack, and his father. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review from BookSneeze, however all opinions are my own.

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