The Prodigal God: Finding Your Place at the Table

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In this six-session small group Bible study DVD, pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller uses one of Jesus' best-loved parables -- the Prodigal Son -- to illustrate the depth of God's love and how his grace extends into some very unexpected places.
Taking you beyond the traditional focus on the wayward younger son, Keller helps you glean insights from each of the characters in Jesus' parable: the irreligious younger son, the moralistic elder son, and the Father who lavishes...
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Overview

In this six-session small group Bible study DVD, pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller uses one of Jesus' best-loved parables -- the Prodigal Son -- to illustrate the depth of God's love and how his grace extends into some very unexpected places.
Taking you beyond the traditional focus on the wayward younger son, Keller helps you glean insights from each of the characters in Jesus' parable: the irreligious younger son, the moralistic elder son, and the Father who lavishes his love on both. Inside this guide, you'll explore questions for group discussion and personal reflection, and exercises that will help you experience the truths of Jesus' parable in your own life. The gospel is neither religion nor irreligion, but something else entirely. Whether you're a devout believer or a skeptic, The Prodigal God will challenge you to see Christianity in a whole new way.
This DVD will help you uncover, personalize, and apply life-changing insights from The Prodigal God Study Guide and book. In six captivating sessions, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller opens your eyes to the powerful message of Jesus' best-known---and least understood---parable. The Prodigal God is a revelation of the very heart of the gospel: God's radical love for sinners of every kind.
This DVD is designed for use with The Prodigal God Discussion Guide and book (each sold separately). Includes discussion questions for groups and individuals, suggested resources for further reading, Scripture references, helpful notes for leaders, and much more. When used together with the participant guide this study provides users with practical tools that transform their faith.
Session include: 1. The Parable The People Around Jesus 2. The Two Lost Sons 3. The Elder Brother 4. The True Elder Brother 5. The Feast of the Father
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'The insights Tim Keller has about the two individuals in the story, and about the heart of the God who loves them both, wrecked me afresh. Tim's thoughts deserve a hearing worldwide.' -- Bill Hybels, Founding and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church

'Explain, explode, expose, explore--all of these Jesus did by telling the parable of the prodigal son. In this book, Timothy Keller shows us something of how this story actually reveals the heart of God, and, if we read it carefully, our own hearts. This brief exposition is unsettling and surprisingly satisfying. Like seeing something as familiar as your own home, or your own self, with new eyes. Enjoy and profit.' -- Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church Washington, DC

'When it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ, Timothy Keller is simply brilliant.' -- Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church, President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network

'In The Prodigal God, Timothy Keller has given us a clear description of the power of the gospel for those inside and outside the church. With profound insight Keller shows us why the religious and irreligious alike need to be recreated into someone new. You will be surprised to see Jesus through a fresh lens that challenges many traditional assumptions of what God is like. This is a book that will shape lives for many years to come.' -- Dr. Rick McKinley, Lead Pastor of Imago Dei Community, Author of This Beautiful Mess and Advent Conspiracy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310325352
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Format: DVD - NTSC
  • Pages: 420
  • Sales rank: 1,405,391
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God. He has also mentored young urban church planters and pastors in New York and other cities through Redeemer City to City, which has helped launch over 200 churches in 35 global cities to date. SPANISH BIO: Timothy Keller nacio y crecio en Pensilvania y se educo en la Universidad Bucknell, el Seminario Teologico Gordon-Conwell y el Seminario Teologico Westminster. Fue pastor por primera vez en Hopewell, Virginia. En 1989 fundo la Iglesia Presbiteriana Redeemer en Manhattan junto a su esposa y sus tres hijos. Hoy dia Redeemer tiene cerca de seis mil asistentes regulares a sus cinco servicios, un sinnumero de iglesias hijas y estan plantando iglesias en las ciudades mas importantes alrededor del mundo.
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  • Posted March 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A lifechanging book for anyone

    The Prodigal God finds you where you are and tugs you gently back to where you need to be. For anyone who finds relief in the wrong things -- be it compulsive shopping, workaholism, alcohol or other drugs, worrying, preocuppation with self or family, etc. etc. -- this book is a must read. Not preachy, but written with a warmth and conviction that draws you further through the book. I have given copies to friends and recommended it to acquaintances.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    Insightful and convicting

    In a world full of mixed messages and conflicting narrative, Tim Keller boils down one of the most well known Bible stories, the Prodigal Son, in a practical and insightful manner. Sermons and stories about this beloved parable often spend the majority of their time focusing on the plight and peril of the younger, wayward son. This is not the case in this book. As with most of His parables, Jesus was targeting the selfishness and elitist mentality of the Pharisees. The older brother sat in judgment and allowed his perception of justice to leave no room for grace, resulting in jealousy and bitterness. This book will take you on a journey to better understand yourself and those around you. It will challenge you to open your mind a little wider to the true meaning of Scripture and Jesus' message to love one another as we love ourselves. This is a great read for anyone struggling as wither the older or younger brother in the parable. And it will ultimately lead you to a better understanding of the Father. Enjoy and may your heart be challenged!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    eXcellent

    I have searched for information related to knowing when the end is approaching to no avail until this book. I truly want to know what to expect as I find that takes some of the fear and anxiety away. It was what I wanted, frank and straightforward.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    This is a refreshing discussion about Jesus's teaching about a m

    This is a refreshing discussion about Jesus's teaching about a man who had TWO sons. The meaning of the word prodigal takes on a new perspective with this book. I had always thought "prodigal" meant wasteful and particularly wayward. Keller explans that the only prodigal is not the younger son, who squandered his inheritance, but the father as well who gave all he had pointing to our Heaveny Father who gave his most beloved son. The author points out that the more well-known, younger son, who wastes his inheritance and comes home to his loving father is not the main character. Keller looks in depth to him, of course, but also at his older brother, who has many self-centered perspectives. Finally Keller examins the father in the parable, who lovingly extends love to both his sons,despite their rejection. We are challenged to see how much of both sons are in ourselves. What we find can be particularly disturbing to the faithful church-goer, who lives a sacrificial life serving God and others in the church. I highly recommend this book to those who think they have mastered the meaning of Jesus' parable. There is always more to learn.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2010

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    Great book!

    Definitely a book that all Christians should read, whether you are a new Christian, or have been in the church your entire life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    well done

    This is not a book that looks in depth at the story of the prodigal son. It offers what might be a totally different perspective on the parable but is very much consistent with the gospel message.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    One I will keep and buy for others!

    The Prodigal God is one of the best books I have ever read. I am buying it for others.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2008

    highly recommended for thought provoking read

    comfort for the soul

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    The book is very well written and not what I expected. I saw some of the older and younger brother in myself and found many parts that touched my heart and gave me a greater realization of God's love for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    A Very Helpful and Insightful Book

    Keller captures the essence of the parable of the Prodigal Son, as well as much of what it means to let God transform our lives. This book is an easy short read, and yet well worth taking the time to contemplate what is being said.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Highly recommend this short read

    Timothy Keller's book, The Prodigal God, is a well written explanation of a very old story. Many of us know the story of the prodigal son, but the author provides the reader with a different perspective. He thoroughly analyzes the behaviors of both brothers and offers us a thoughtful lesson on self-righteousness.
    The Prodigal God is short in length and long in its content. The book is appropriate for use in a Bible study group.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    Excellent read.

    The author really uses his knowledge of ancient culture to explain a parable that I had read and never truly understood until reading this book. This book has enhanced my jouney in this life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Lots of food for thought

    The unconventional approach to how we see the "parable of the prodigal son" is excellent and lots to chew on if you've never looked at a parable from the points of view of the various "players." I enjoyed it a lot. It'll preach.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    GREAT READ!

    Refreshing and great wisdom!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

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    Short and sweet inspiration

    A few books have been written on the Prodigal Son story, such as with John MacArthur and Henri Nouwen. Timothy Keller¿s short but meaningful book is a nice addition to the canon. It does justice to the theme of God¿s love and grace, and what distinguishes Christianity from other religions. It¿s quite true that the Prodigal Son story can adequately sum up the theme of the entire Bible, and the Prodigal God indeed captures the heart of the Christian faith, pleasing to Christians and possibly to seekers.

    I give this book a good recommendation if you want to see the depth of God¿s grace and mercy, but at the same time see an important theme discussed through the older brother story, which is the danger of self-righteousness and empty piety, and this hinders many from coming to true faith.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    AN INSIGHTFUL AND THOUGHT PROVOKING! THE PRODIGAL GOD:RECOVERING THE HEART OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH BY TIMOTHY KELLER!!

    THE PRODIGAL GOD: RECOVERING THE HEART OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH by Timothy Keller is an interesting Religion book.It is an amazing book on the essential message of Jesus.It helps explain the goodness of God,redefines sin,lostnes,grace and salvation. Every Christian should read this throught provoking book.The author uses one of the best know parables to show a message of hope,peace, and salvation.This is a quick,educational read that will help explain some of the Bible.I would recommend this little book for all Christians for it will help recover your faith.TThis is an insightful,written with frankness,and straightforward.This book was received for the purpos of review from the publisher and details can be found at Riverhead Books, published by Penguin Group and My Book Addiction and More.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    Refreshing view of Christianity

    An Amazing and refreshing view on Christianity and it's principles. I have never been exposed to this angle of Christianity in church settings, even thou in my heart I always felt that too much "religion" is not healthy for anyone. I was raised in chuch of too many "big brothers" and not enough grace. This book has opened my eyes to a different perspective that is based on true love and grace instead of fear and obligation based faith. THank you Timothy Keller for writing openly of new revelations of God's true character!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2010

    For The Faithful and The Doubtful

    This book is a powerful reminder of God's love for us all. If you ever questioned God's will or struggled to understand it, this book puts that understanding in your grasp. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," which takes an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. This book too will change your life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2010

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    Cuts To The Heart Of Things

    Using the biblical account that we call "The Prodigal Son", Timothy Keller once again does a wonderful job of clearly and easily cutting to the heart of an issue in revealing sin in the heart of the believer. His writing style is easy to understand, but by no means shallow. His theological depth and the scope of application is very well done and will find a point of application with every reader. Read with an open heart and an open mind, and God can use this book greatly in your life.

    For anyone who feels bound by their anger, guilt, hurt or pain, I also recommend "When God Stopped Keeping Score." I thought that the book was just about forgiveness, I soon learned, it was about so much more than that. I was about how you should deal with friends, family and yourself and more importantly, how to keep these relationships strong when things go wrong.

    Having read it, I feel like a better person. Maybe because this book spoke to me and not down to me. I have read a lot of books that was written like I didn't know anything. What the author of "When God Stopped Keeping Score" does is talk to you like a friend. I needed that. You will understand why when you read it. Buy it here on BN.com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

    Great insights

    I enjoyed this book, it looks at the other son not just the prodigal son not the one that most people centered on. I found myself in that son. It is an eye opening read that really makes you think about life as a christian, are we just going through the motions for all the wrong reasons? I would highly recommend this book to anyone willing to see themselves in a different light. The way this book puts it you can actually see yourself in each son, however the insights to the other son (the son that stayed) are very valuable for us as "good" christians. I loved it and will read it over again, something I don't do too often.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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