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Brennan Manning spent his life and ministry helping others experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his own spiritual journey took him down a variety of paths, all of them leading to the profound reality of God’s irresistible grace. His ministry responsibilities varied greatly – from teacher, to minister to the poor, to solidary reflective. As a writer, Brennan Manning is best known as the author of the contemporary classics The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba’s Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, Patched Together, and The Furious Longing of God.
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Greg Garrett is Professor of English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he has received university-wide teaching honors from both the administration and the student congress. A licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church, he is Writer in Residence at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, and at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Wales. Greg regularly speaks, gives readings, preaches, and leads workshops and retreats across the US and overseas, and is a frequent media guest who has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS Radio, BBC Radio, and The Bob Edwards Show. He lives in Austin with his sons Jake and Chandler.
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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.’
It is a story that really had me struggling with the main character, Jack.
At times I was so aggravated with him and at other times I found myself feeling empathy and heart-break…
always wanting him to prevail and put the broken pieces of his life back together again.
Jack is like a lot of us- proud and arrogant at times, self-sufficient and prone to failure.
It seems like all of the good things Jack had done in his life we’re suddenly erased and forgotten because of one mistake.
This book really reaches inside and evokes a lot of self-reflection…even though it is a work of fiction!
I think readers will have strong opinions about this book as it really brings out some great conversations about faith, failure, grace and forgiveness.
Absolutely one of my favorite books of 2013- don’t miss this one!!!
*****5/5 STARS HIGHLY RECOMMEND*****
List Price: $15.99
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (November 5, 2013)