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A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur and The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

posted Sep 7, 2013, 12:17 PM by Fccea Webmaster
These two recent books deal with the so-called parable of the prodigal son. Each is an excellent treatment and what I especially like is that both clarify that while the second son is most prominent in the parable, it is actually aimed at an audience of Pharisees and legalistic, self-righteous “elder brothers.” The major theme of grace is wonderfully presented by both authors.

A Tale of Two Sons is more thorough in presenting historical background and in setting the story in its cultural context. It almost reads like a novel, but is packed with insight and application. As might be expected, Keller’s book is more philosophical, and aptly titled to show that the prodigal (excessive, boundless) nature of God is more to the point than the excesses of the younger son. Both books effectively capture and explain the unexpectedly sudden end to the story. Revel in the grace of God by spending some time with one of these outstanding books.

Pastor David McNeff