Saturday, October 17, 2009

Something Old and Something New

This blog features at least 5 or 6 books I’ve read, which shows that I’ve had more time to read since retirement, and I’m enjoying it immensely. In the past I have not been much of a reader and did not make time for it. Now I’m trying to catch up, which is silly, because I’ll never have enough time to read all the books I want to read for the first time and several I’d like to read again.

My reading of this book came about because I’m participating in a discussion study at Marlow United Methodist Church on Wednesday evenings that uses this book.

Confession time calls for me to tell you that I looked at this study as a way to become better acquainted with the minister, The Reverend Jake Brady, and some of the people at Marlow.

I really want to recommend this book to you for reading. It’s a very short book with a very important purpose — to give the true meaning of a parable most Christians have heard of from The Gospel of St. Luke – Chapter 15.

The Prodigal God
Quoting from the book's jacket:
Newsweek called New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller a "C. S. Lewis for the twenty-first century" in a feature on his first book, The Reason for God. In that book, he offered a rational explanation of why we should believe in God. Now, in The Prodigal God, he uses one of the best-known Christian parables to reveal an unexpected message of hope and salvation.

Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Within that parable Jesus reveals God's prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009