A book recommendation...
A couple weekends ago, Logan went on a mini spiritual retreat. I didn’t know exactly what he was going to do the whole time, but before he left, he bought the Kindle version of The Prodigal God by Tim Keller for his iPhone. About four hours later I got a text from him that said, “You should read Prodigal God”. So I immediately downloaded it on my phone and started reading. It’s a short little book…I think it took about two or three hours to finish…but it kind of changed my life.
In the book, Keller walks you through the parable of The Prodigal Son, but he soon renames it the parable of The Two Lost Sons. He talks about how both the son who spent his inheritance on wild living and the son who stayed at home slaving for his father had broken relationships with their father. They both used their father for selfish purposes, one by running as far away as he could, the other by staying close in order to get as much as he could. They were both wrong, but the father lovingly sought restoration with both. As Keller points out, the parable is a beautiful depiction of the Gospel. It shows the two different ways that we can separate ourselves from God, one by rebellion, the other by moralistic living, and how God’s great love seeks after both kinds of hearts.
I’ve known for quite some time that my struggle in life would not be with addiction or pornography or any kind of wild living. My struggle is with things much more dangerous. Pride. Arrogance. An unforgiving and judgmental heart. These are the sins that plague me. This book gave me a greater understanding of the grace that saves even a despicable Pharisee like me. I think I’m going to read it every year.
The Prodigal God is for anyone. The seeker, the veteran, the rebel, the prude. I highly recommend.
Have you read The Prodigal God? What did you think? What are some other books that have deeply impacted your relationship with God?