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Our Sunday school class at St. Francis Episcopal in Macon, Ga., read/studied/discussed this book for four weeks. Using the poster of the prodigal son available through Amazon and Nouwen's well written reflection on this parable, a lot of of us were able to be transformed into a fresh method of thinking about our put in the world, particularly among our closest mates and family. Inspirational in every way, our conversations have turned to how well we are moving toward the "loving father." At the same time, we have a fresh understanding of how often we stand firmly in the grip of the failings of the elder son. Moving toward the light is always difficult, but worth it!
This book is terrific! I am a biblical scholar ( I have a master's degree in Biblical Languages) and I have never looked at the parable of the Prodigal Son through the lens of Rembrandt's painting although that particular parable is one of my favorites and Rembrandt is my favorite painter. Henri Nouwen's book is accessible and spiritually filling at the same time. Each chapter reminds us of how the globe and our own lack of self-esteem can interfere with our relationship with the all-loving God. The book is broken up into chapters that reflect the perspective of the artist and the figures in the painting (who reflect the characters in the parable). Nouwen reveals how the painting and the story reflect problems in his own relationship with God and problems that no doubt affect our relationship with God as well as steps to correct the problems. I recommend this book highly.
Yes, this is a book of spirituality, but it is far more than that!This book should be needed reading for entry into adulthood, into marriage, into parenthood, as well as entering middle age, not to mention before taking on the label of "elderly".There is no greater compliment than being called Mom or Dad. Here is the instruction manual required to properly execute the job associated with the title. And, by the way, it also lays out the path to be traveled in route to the Pearly Gates.
The book is a subtle but strong unfolding of suffocated emotion through a type of contemplation that is both emancipatory and fulfilling. Nouwen challenges us to participate in something revolutionary. Compassion and forgiveness are portrayed as the sublime spiritual doorways through which we not only enter into greater communion with others, but more importantly explore a mystical union within ourselves. The compassion of the father in Rembrandt’s painting is a psycho-spiritual ideal that reflects a primary human tendency to deprive our souls of a radical generous love. The final frontier that has yet to be pioneered in Christianity is “self-compassion”. Nouwen sifts through the Parable of the Prodigal Son at the crossroads of his own exhausted faith and the sediment of Rembrandt’s life. His findings are an exquisite example of the type of diligent exegesis that uncovers a pristine gem within Christ’s teaching. You need not go much further then learning how to love both your wayward opponent and obedient brother through the embodiment of the father’s awe-inspiring compassion. Each archetype is a dramatization of the reconciliation that needs to occur at a deep inward transformative level. If you are seeking inner reconciliation and healing, I highly recommend.
Henri Nouwen’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son” is an in depth examination of the parable of the prodigal son, as featured in the Gospel of St. Luke in the Fresh Testament of the Bible.Father Nouwen, a Dutch catholic priest who passed away in 1996, offers insightful commentary not only on the parable but the popular depiction of it by master Dutch painter uwen discusses his thoughts and ideas about the painting, from his first impressions of a print of it, to his trip to Russia to see the true painting with his own eyes. He comments on the painting and the parable that inspired it and the end effect is an intellectual exploration filled with amazing insights. Father Nouwen extrapolates a lot of meaning from the parable. He also points out some nuanced interpretations that Rembrandt himself seemed to have about the parable judging from the method the painter chose to bring the parable to life e Gospel parable is famous. A father has two sons. The young son one day asks the father to give him the part of the father’s inheritance that was his right. The father gives it to him and the son leaves his father’s home with it to a distant land. There, the son lives a life of debauchery. He squanders the cash in pursuits of the flesh and goes completely broke. As he spends the latest bit of the inheritance, a amazing famine strikes the land. The son is forced to hire himself out as a laborer tending to swine in order to sustain himself. At one point, his poverty and hunger reach such a state that he wishes he could eat the scraps the pigs were being fed. It was at this low point that he realizes his mistake: he had “sinned versus heaven and versus his father” and that he should go back to his father’s house where even the servants had enough to eat. With a sorrowful heart, he does so. Upon seeing his son appear in the distance, the father becomes overcome with joy and emotion and runs to his son to welcome him e son asks for forgiveness and the father embraces him and orders his servants to prepare for festivities and to slaughter the cow they had been fattening for a unique occasion. As the melody and merry-making in celebration of the return of the younger son are under way, the elder son, who had been out working, also comes back and notices the sights and sounds of the party from afar. The elder son had always been dutiful and obedient to the father; he had never rebelled versus the father’s authority like the younger son. He asks what the celebration was all about and one of the servants tells him his younger brother had come back and that the father was throwing a party for him. The elder son is immediately resentful. He goes up to the father and confronts him. He tells the father that he had always been a dutiful and obedient son yet never was he given a party like that by the father, while the younger son had lived a sinful and not good life and now the father welcomed him back as if nothing happened. The father says to the elder son that “all he had was his to have” and that he wanted the elder son to join the festivities because the younger son “was lost but was now found.” The father urges the older son to join the party because the younger son was as if dead, and now, back at the house, had come back to life. That’s the end of the ch has been written about this attractive and meaning-filled parable told by Jesus Christ to the Apostles, the Pharisees and others. Father Nouwen is one more voice in a rich tradition of commentary on this scriptural passage. In Father Nouwen’s case, he comments on the parable and its pictorial depiction by Rembrandt, extrapolating layers and layers of suggested meaning from the two similar uwen splits the structure of his book into three main sections: first he comments on the story from the perspective of the younger son, then from the perspective of the older son, and then from the perspective of the e first section, dedicated to the younger son, is the one most readers and initially Nouwen himself, tend to identify with. The younger son is the sinner who comes back to life by asking and getting the father’s forgiveness. He is the sinner in need of redemption, who, after experiencing despair in the globe of the senses and the flesh, decides to return to the father’s house. Nouwen points out elements of the painting by Rembrandt, such as the son’s half-shaved head and his torn shoes, to highlight the condition of poverty and despair of the young son. He also comments on the interesting choice of the younger son’s shaved head and the nature of the father’s embrace around it; an photo that to Nouwen resembles the affectionate parental embrace of a defenseless e second section of the book is dedicated to the elder son, who stands for the small Pharisee inside of each one of us. The elder son is a symbol for all dutiful people who feel resentment when “passed over” by one they judge less worthy or less deserving. The hard-hearted order-follower who would rather see a sinner punished than forgiven. Nouwen makes a lot of interesting points about the elder son, of which I will highlight e first one, which came to him after much rumination on the story, Nouwen finally saw that he probably most closely identified himself with this hero than with the younger son. He does an ysis of his own life and points out his own dutiful, order-following nature from the time he was a young boy, eager to obey his parents and his church. He shares with the reader that he himself felt resentful and wallowed in a type of disgust and self-pity, forever seeking and yet feeling he wasn’t receiving the love of the father that he felt he so e second point was the fact that Nouwen says that the end of the story for the elder brother is left open: he may choose to accept the father’s invitation to come back into the house to welcome the brother back (an acceptance of the father’s love) or he may choose to rebel and wallow in bitterness and his feeling of unfair treatment, and thus reject the offer of the father’s love. It’s an interesting insight on the elder brother’s ultimate choice. The father wants the elder son to accept his younger brother also, and he wants his eldest to come to the party also, but he doesn’t force his will on the elder son. He respects the eldest son’s freedom to choose, even if to choose wrongly. The father is ultimately respectful of the free will of both of his children, although he certainly has a want for both of them (to stay together in love and forgiveness and to share his riches).Finally, the third section of the book tackles the role of the father, who stands in for God himself, the ever-forgiving and amazing father who loves all of his children, no matter whether they are sinful or dutiful. An especially intriguing point Nouwen brings attention to is Rembrandt’s decision to paint the father’s hands, which rest on the son’s shoulders, in various ways. One hand seems more muscular and rigid, a stronger male hand that “holds” the son, while the other, more fine-featured and delicate, a softer female hand that “caresses” the son. Hands that both “support” and give “consolation.” In this depiction, according to Nouwen, the father embodies both the masculine and feminine qualities that he bestowed upon his creation. All of these qualities are being extended to the younger prodigal son as he is embraced by the uwen wonders if Rembrandt, who had lived a long and eventful life full of success and heartbreak, ups and downs, had arrived at something like a wise old age and painted himself as the old, half blind father who embraces lovingly the returning son. From this, Nouwen extrapolates that he himself as well as all of us, no matter whether we most readily identify with the prodigal son or the elder son, should really be striving to become the forgiving, all loving father. As St. John the evangelist said in his Gospel, “God is love”, and the old man in this rich parable embodies the essence of God beautifully. He loves all his children, the good, the poor and the ugly. The doors of his house will always be begin to them. Yet, he allows them the choice of leaving it (as the prodigal son did in the beginning of the parable) or not entering into it if they don’t wish to (as he left the elder son decide for himself after the reception party for the younger son was underway). The Father, or God, doesn’t force his children’s hands, but he is overjoyed when they choose to come back into his house. His joy is such, that he creates a amazing celebration (“killing the cow that had been fattened”) to welcome the returning om sinful son or resentful son, the movement that Nouwen suggests we create is a movement of the spirit: one in which we go from being one of the two needy sons to the loving father, the one who forgives, who accepts his children, whose love is the most salient feature in his actions. Jesus said, “be compassionate because the father is compassionate.” And so Nouwen states that we ultimately must depart from childhood and move towards fatherhood; that we must grow from our positions as the sorrowful or dutiful sons and grow into the compassionate fatherhood position, being more like God in this way. He thinks that this is part of the spiritual maturation process that the parable teaches.Further, in the latest chapter of the book, Nouwen states that the method to grow from the childish positions of the sorrowful or resentful childhood to compassionate fatherhood is through the disciplines of grief, forgiveness and ief is necessary in the becoming of the father because one must shed tears in one’s realizations of the immensity of sin in the world: the conflicts, wars, molestation, slavery, cruelty, exploitation, abuse and other barbarities that humans perpetrate versus each other. Looking at the globe from God’s perspective, one realizes the mess the human family is in. This grief, as defined by Nouwen, is a form of prayer. It’s the mournful realization we need to have that the sins of the globe are the “sorrowful price of freedom without which love cannot bloom.” This grief is a state of mourning at our freedom-having sin-prone condition. Practicing this grief is a preparation of our hearts for the next discipline, which is forgiveness. And this forgiveness we must extend to everyone we meet by our grief-filled Nouwen continues to explain, forgiveness is the second discipline needed to attain spiritual fatherhood. It’s difficult to do, but absolutely essential for the spiritual growth the parable teaches. And it must be continuously given to people. Nouwen describes that real forgiveness is as a “stepping over” or “climbing over” all of the clutter that we carry around that prevents us from forgiving others such as feelings of resentment, injustice and superiority; impressions that we have been wronged; anger; “need” for apology; “need” of praise; “need” for the other to be grateful, etc. This forgiveness is the forgiveness of someone “empty of self-seeking”. Forgiveness thus seems to be an act of jumping over the emotional sludge puddle that we make in our souls and giving the opportunity of a fresh beginning to others as a gift. A bonus that is freely given and doesn’t expect anything in return, just like the bonuses of our compassionate ly, the third discipline needed to shed our tendency towards being the prodigal or the Pharisee-like son and grow into spiritual fatherhood, is generosity. The father in the parable gives to the children. All he has belongs to his children. All they ask for, he gives to them. After receiving the young son back, the father showers him with gifts. When the older brother complains he says all he has is his. The spirit of the father is a giving one, a generous one. To be like the father, we have to be generous like the father; giving in our attitude and actions. We can’t be transactional; we have to be generous. We have to realize those we give to are our brothers and sisters, that we are similar and belong to the same ese are some of the treasures that Nouwen has unlocked in a careful study of both Jesus’ popular parable and the painting it inspired. Through the reading of his book about these works, much light is shed onto some of the darker tendencies of our human nature, but also much light is shed onto the divine tendencies of the God nature that made us and in which we can seek refuge through imitation.
I know that books can change lives, particularly the Bible, but seldom do you read about a painting that changed the life of both the artist, Rembrandt, and a viewer. Nouwen is a "where-have-you-been-all-my-life" author and takes the painting and story of The Prodigal Son and tells what he comes to know by studying the art and artist's life. He identifies with the elder son and knows he needs to change, leave his childhood behind, and become like the father who shows unconditional love and compassion. Everyone should have this book in his or her library.
This book is a heartfelt acc by Nouwen on his encounter with Rembrandt's painting of the 'Return of the Prodigal Son.' The book is in-depth; Nouwen's style is very pensive and delicate. Nouwen writes in a method that really pulls the reader in and provides the reader with captivating insight on his emotional and intellectual take on the painting. He examines the parable from multiple angles, primarily from the view of the younger son, the older son and the father. I recommend reading the book because it is deep and touching, and it helps the reader discover and understand the parable in a whole fresh way.
Mickey Mantle was an accurate portrayal of one of baseball's icons. I felt like I knew Mickey when I was finished. A flawed man but a courageous competitor on the field. Castro did an perfect job researching this legend.
I have always been fascinated by how history has treated Tesla. The man was clearly a genius but in a lot of ways his own worst enemy. This books is special in that the author actually knew the man and saw all his strengths and weaknesses. While the author clearly revered Tesla, you can read alot between the lines. A unbelievable if sometimes repetitive read.
John J O'neill knew Nicola Tesla personally so this fascinating book, written in 1949, has the ring of truth and authenticity to it. Tesla was too intelligent for his own good. Because he had what might be called a photographic memory, a lot of of his brilliant plans and ideas were never committed to paper and, therefore, died with him. His was a life of wonderful accomplishment but also frustration for him. He always dreamed of, and invented multiple things that could have brought him, immense wealth. But he was so self-centered and, indeed, paranoid that he refused to let anyone to support him, especially with his patents. Just test to imagine what his invention of alternating current, as opposed to the direct current systems of Edison, could have meant in terms of wealth if he had only had somebody to support him.
Chapter 1 reads like the author is presenting Tesla with a lifetime achievement award. After that it's down to business. This is probably because the author actually knew Tesla. He relates some interesting stories, but he also speculates and reaches private conclusions on aspects of Tesla's life instead of just relating the facts to the reader. That's the reason for the 4 e book explains happenings Tesla saw growing up which piqued his interest, leading to some of his projects later in life. The book concentrates on his inventions, taking them from his wonderful visualizations to finality, for the ones that created it that far. The descriptions of their electrical functionality are probably going to be hard to follow for someone without a science e author also shows how Tesla was a "big picture" guy and a not good business manager, resulting in his lack of funds throughout the later years of his life... but what a life it was.
A very productive mega genius out to support mankind and buried in history by huge business interested in only self gain. What a tragedy to have the self serving greedy, that is Huge Business and Political Parties, to have so retarded the relief of human suffering and mankind's advancement merely for private monetary gain. Like then it is event now with the suppression of "room temperature superconductor technology" that would drastically reduce our use of environmentally destructive fossil fuels. It truly is horrific what humans will do to their fellow human beings for private gain. This is a "MUST" read for everyone who cares.
A lot of other reviewers have covered the plot, so I'll just jump into my e closest comparison to an existing series is probably Larry Correia's Creature Hunters International series; action, action, and more action with a small bit of humor and a military bent. It doesn't have quite the level of dry wit and sadism towards the protagonist that define the Dresden Files but Battle Demons dips its toes into those waters a bit. The beginning is slightly slow but not in a method that detracts from the overall story and once things obtain going it's beautiful much non-stop all the method to the end. The ending leaves several openings for further books, while avoiding being too much of a cliffhanger. It has some slightly awkward phrasing here and there but is very well edited and has an perfect degree of polish for a first novel from a little publisher, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I read it cover to cover in 2-3 days and I am very much looking forward to see obtain my hands on the sequels.
This book started out good. Intriguing premise, amazing introduction. And then it went downhill from there. Endless and pointless action scenes which take up an simple two thirds of the book without adding much to the story. A convoluted and fairly ridiculous plot. Not good characters and hero motivations except for our protagonist.If you like high school level dialogues and posturing, endless war scenes, endlessly not good decision making, ridiculous chases and the word grin you will like this book. Otherwise not so much.
It's been called a cross between Larry Correia's MHI series and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, and that's not far off the mark! Amazing story, well written, quick paced but never predictable, and immensely entertaining.
Michael Alexander returns from Afghanistan to his hometown of Athens Georgia with a case of PTSD, a guilty conscience and an actual demon in this fierce-flying, high action urban fantasy. There are also vampires (of sorts), golems and even a dragon for our protagonist to contend with. But worst of all there is also a psycho ex-lover in the mix!And there’s a whole lot of combat in the tale. All kinds of combat: magical, close-quarter hand-to-hand, sword slinging and shoot ‘em ups galore, all written in a taut, engaging style. The book is so packed with action sequences that you will be carried from front cover to back in a dizzying, adrenaline-fueled rush.If the story has a fault, it is one born of excess. And here I might just be quibbling but, there were so a lot of golems and vampires and zombies that the trees were lost for the forest. By this I mean that any creepy, vile or other-worldly vibe to the creatures was lost when they were being blown away like so a lot of featureless clay pigeons. My complaint only applies to the creatures used as hordes. The titular demon, the dragon and the ex-girlfriend were by contrast very well drawn. If you’re a fan of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or Larry Correia’s Creature Hunter International, then Russell Newquist’s Battle Demons will be sure to please.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Battle Demons was a very interesting take on the supernatural. I've read vampire and zombie stories, and I've read spiritual warfare stories involving the normally unseen globe slipping into our physical dimension. Some good, much bad. Until Newquist, I had never read a novel that mixed both. To search it not only done, but done well, was quite refreshing. A lot of vampire stories have had "spiritual" weapons, but rarely done with respect. Real religious stuff aren't magical amulets and Battle Demons understands e story moves well, with decent hero development and story flow. The people are realistic, with both amazing and poor attributes. The action scenes are well written. Overall a good, enjoyable tale with golems and a dragon thrown in to fill out the evil fighter side.I waffled on 5 stars, but the use of "alright" instead of "all right" (an admitted private gnat bite) and a few firearms inaccuracies dropped the fifth star. The story itself is truly enjoyable.
A soldier must face and overcome both figurative and literal demons that followed him home from his service in Afghanistan. Author Russell Newquist creates a compelling urban fantasy universe somewhere between Larry Correia's Creature Hunters and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. Allying himself with elite unique forces, a Holy Knight, and determined friends, Newquist's character tackles demons, monsters, warlocks, even a dragon. Looking forward to seeing where Newquist takes his fictional universe.
I read this cover to cover in one sitting. That's rare for me. I enjoyed the parent perspective here. Especially as being a person who has irreconcilable differences with a parent and was advised in help groups to break ties (or as I learned today is called estrangement) for at least one full year. That idea never gave me a amazing feeling inside. I like the biblical examples given and the bigger picture of how God blesses us in and through all of our relationships no matter the status and truly when we hold Him first. A lot of Thanks & A lot of Blessings to you Jean Lash and your family always!
I received a copy of WAR DEMONS in exchange for an honest review, and I thoroughly enjoyed e author builds a many-layered globe combining believable military action with unbelievable creatures and enemies, and support from secret organizations and mysterious supernatural forces. The character is an admirable and respectfully-drawn veteran of the Afghanistan battle dealing with a unique kind of PTSD: the horrors of battle for him included an encounter with an uncanny demonic monster of a type that was fresh to me. (I like seeing original monsters: so tired of "vampires" that come with a long list of ways they aren't like vampires at all...)There's an ensemble of characters who have tips of their own rich backstories and an engaging plot that kept me turning pages all the method through. I look forward to more.
Battle Demons is a book that moves quickly. I devoured this book over two days, fitting a chapter here and there when I e action starts from the first page and does not allow up. If you wish a mile-a-minute story with action (of different kinds), a few twists, and a bit of faith, this is the book for you.I appreciate that, in an urban fantasy story, the author treats faith respectfully. It's nice to see that in a globe with guns and magic, there is still room for faith in a higher power. I highly recommend this book.
I am a large fan of any book that focuses on orcs. I love their strength, brutality, and honor. This fresh book from Holloway is a amazing series that illustrates everything I love about the race. The globe building is top notch in everything the author puts out. The action and opponents are so much fun. The creature on the cover is so cool looking! This book includes all the crunch you have come to love in the litrpg genre...even though this one is labelled True RPG you can expect the same level of detail. I hope the series continues!
This material is presented from a faith-filled perspective which, in my experience and opinion, is just as necessary as the simply practical approach. For myself, a battered and alienated mother who now speaks and writes about the subject, the material wasn't really new; however, considering that all of the scars have not yet healed for me, the experience of the author was comforting: I recommend this read as a easy and likely effective one for those who have just begun this painful journey. Although I don't care for the large-size booklet with the wide spacing between the lines of the book, perhaps this format will set concepts apart for those who, at the outset, need to more easily digest them than those of us who are more acquainted with the fiendish emotional journey with which we are more acquainted to those who have recently experienced such sorrow. It's well-worth the read, and most importantly -- it's necessary for the newcomers to know what I DID NOT KNOW when my turmoil began: that there are many, a lot of other women (and men) who are suffering in the same method that you are with all of the same confusion, emotion, and questions. Please read the book and know that you're not alone....KP HARWELL
I liked this book. The story was simple to follow and the characters were believable. The writing style was good, and didn't obtain in the method of telling the story. It's not the amazing American novel. It is a amazing read that held my interest from the first page to the latest and had me wanting more. It has demons, saints, zombies, sorcerers, and military combat. All those things mixed together makes for a amazing romp. It also deals with PTSD in a believable method that helped me have compassion and understanding for the main character. Then there is a dragon. I would recommend this book to a friend, and in fact, I already did. I am looking forward to other books by this author, I believe there will be two upcoming, one based on the main hero from the book and another based on a supporting hero that especially interests me.
Fast and simple read, it’s actually written beautiful much in the method I would have written it. It’s not about placing blame but rather trusting God. I am not involved in a church at the moment so this was so amazing for me. The part about honoring parents and it not going well if you don’t? Pure gold. Hold praying and letting go.
It's full of both action and horror and the maim characters are Catholic. Catholic is what they ARE, not just something that they do on Sunday. But the book doesn't obtain mired in the theological weeds; there's too much going on for that. (So much that it cost me some sleep because I wanted to see what happens next.)There's already a sequel, which I already have waiting on my Kindle. I look forward to more.
This series is consistently entertaining. Every book in the series is so good, this one is no exception. I started it yesterday and kept reading until I finished it this afternoon. Although Mr. Hurwitz.....that ending.... 🤯.I adore the Orphan X hero and this book has him continuing his growth and self reflection. But don’t think this lacks the non stop action the other books have, or the really poor guys the other books have. A amazing read, a amazing distraction for this crazy time we are living through now.
I am a hug fan of the Orphan X saga. Overall this was another amazing installment in the series and worth reading for sure. There were 2 things I didnt like however:1. The use of a novel as a sort of product placement guide. I really dont care about hearing all of the min info about every single weapon, app, or product that Evan uses. I mean really, every time he pulls out a gun I dont need to know how a lot of grains of gunpowder from whatever manufacturer were in the ammo he was using.2. I work in software, so maybe it was me, but some of the descriptions of the technical apps and drones were so far over the top as to be science fiction. I like a bit more realism in my X stories.Looking forward to the next installment (remember the base jumping rig in the flower pot on the balcony?).
If you haven’t read the orphan x series begin TODAY! He is my favorite [email protected]#$% protagonist out there! Stories are cutting edge, covering the recent in technology and /or current affairs. But what I love the most is the method the author fleshes out not only the protagonist but also his relationships with a handful of recurring characters. Don’t wish to give anything away here but the writing is so superior to all others series in this genre. All others! Superbly written! Can’t wait for the next one!!!
So the five stars are because I love this character. However the plot kinda sucked for me cause I just finished Nick Petrie’s fresh book, that has the exact same plot. What are the chances this could happen, so upset about this. I love seeing the whole cast of characters honorable mention for Orphan V. But the whole thing with X and his fresh found family kinda was not part of where I thought this novel was going. It was just too off putting to see this human side of X and then the whole plot thing. I found myself very frustrated. And I hate that cause this is one of the few series I preorder. That being said I still wish some amazing vodka and a amazing knife after finishing this book. I always have to stop and look up the vodka , knife and gun. And what a cliffhanger! I would comment on that but hey no spoilers, n’t wait for the next book.
3.5 stars. Amazing entertainment with a focus on relationships and advanced drone technology. The BIG BAD in this book are dragonfly microdrones — sentient, small, and so-called “ethical” with little stiletto blades and packing high-energy explosives. Indeed, the horrific picture Hurwitz paints of a totalitarian tech-controlled future is to be strenuously avoided.I have fun the characters: X, Mia, Peter, Joey, Dog the dog, Tommy...and it was a treat to see Candy McClure, orphan V, place not good Dog is stuck inside that apartment always, while Joey pounds away at her e story ends on a cliff. Sort of. A free fall. Whatever.I began to listen to the audiobook but the narrator adds too much emotional syrup to an already purple prose. So I read the book This is book six in a series. I have read them all. I found the different references and reminders to previous books and characters a small tedious.
3.5 starsIn this 6th book in the 'Orphan X' series, Evan Smoak protects the life of an impound lot worker who witnessed a crime. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the series is beneficial.*****When Evan Smoak was a spindly twelve-year-old living in an orphanage - where he slept on the floor between bunks - he was 'rescued' and placed in a black ops program that trained orphans to be highly skilled assassins. Evan was dubbed Orphan ter doing his killer job for a lot of years, Orphan X left the black ops program and set himself up as 'The Nowhere Man', a [email protected]#$% who helps people in trouble. When a person in dire straits is given Evan's number by a former client, the call goes to Evan's uber-encrypted RoamZone phone, which he answers with the phrase "Do you need my help?" The 'help' always involves Orphan X killing people, so it's frowned on by the authorities.Evan's controversial work puts him the sights of government killers until Evan makes a deal with President Victoria Donahue-Carr. POTUS grants Evan an unofficial pardon with the stipulation that he has to give up being the Nowhere accordance with his deal, Evan stops answering the RoamZone phone. However one caller is very persistent, phoning again and again. When Evan finally responds, the caller claims to be his mother, who gave him up as an infant. The woman, whose name is Veronica LeGrande, has a mission for Evan. Veronica implores Evan to protect a man called Andrew Duran, who's the target of assassins.Duran was working at a Los Angeles impound lot when he was visited by two people claiming to be U.S. Marshals. The supposed marshals coerced Andrew into informing them when a man named Jake Hargreave was coming to pick up his battered truck. Duran complied, and when Hargreave showed up at the impound lot, he was killed. Duran - who saw the murder - was targeted as well, but managed to escape. Now the assassins are after him.When Evan meets his mother, he experiences all kinds of emotions. Evan longs for the connection, but is mad that Veronica abandoned him to a miserable life in a downtrodden orphan asylum. Evan has flashbacks to the institute, where he was housed with a bunch of 'lost boys' who were always clawing for food, space, and the possibility to obtain out. This is the first time we obtain a clear look at Evan's childhood, and his acceptance into the Orphan Program, and it helps us understand the direction his life any case, Evan agrees to protect Andrew Duran, who's an impoverished alcoholic living in a hovel above a Chinese restaurant. Duran scrimps and saves to provide kid help for his 11-year-old daughter Sophia, but is too embarrassed by his cirtances to actually SEE the girl. Moreover, Duran is so depressed he doesn't even wish Evan's help.Evan forges on regardless, and gets assistance from his 16-year-old protégé Josephine (Joey), who's one of the best computer hackers in the world.Evan discovers that Jake Hargreave was killed because he was about to expose a controversial government program involving assassin microdrones that mimic dragonflies. Proponents of the scheme are determined to go forward, and will slay anyone who gets in the way. They're now after Duran and his protector Orphan always in this series, there's plenty of action, including hand-to-hand fighting and skirmishes with (almost) surreal advanced weaponry, some of which is provided by Orphan X's mate Tommy Stojack - who's on the cutting edge of weapon design. Attractive former Orphan V, Candy McClure, helps Evan as well.We also obtain to see Evan's fortress penthouse apartment, which has a secret surveillance/computer/weapons room; a parachute to jump off the building; and a freezer room filled with expensive vodka.When Evan isn't actively pursuing his mission he shows his softer side, which contains looking after the welfare of Joey and her pooch Dog; visiting his neighbor Mia and her 9-year-old son Peter; attending the moving party of an elderly Jewish woman in his building; chatting with the doorman; and so on. Most of this is very difficult for Orphan X, whose upbringing gave him no facility for social ere are plenty of twists in the story, and a dramatic finale that has me anxious to read the next book in the anks to Netgalley, Gregg Hurwitz, and Minotaur Books for a copy of the book.
Well. Well. Weeeellllllll. Now I'm sad. I'm all caught up on this series. I binge read most of it so I could read this one. And now, I will have to wait until 2022 for book seven. That is, if there is for sure going to be a book seven. I think there will be one? I sure hope there will be one.I am all about Evan Smoak. He is such a poor mama jammer! I can't obtain enough of his adventures. This one is no different. Man, I had no idea where the author could possibly take us after book five. This adventure was definitely one I wasn't prepared for!As in the previous books, technology plays a huge part of the book. This one more so than in the previous books. Once you read this one, you will see. Holy moly. The isht in this book blew my mind. My heart was in my throat when the largest stage came about. I just kept praying this book wouldn't end Evan's story, not after everything that was revealed in this book.Speaking of the things revealed in this one. I wasn't expecting THAT, until I was. I did place some pieces together before they were revealed, but I think the reader is supposed to at least suspect, so I don't feel ripped off. The confirmation was like an additional cherry for this book, we obtain to see more of Evan's transformation. I am loving seeing him warm up into "humanity" slowly from book to book. This one really packs a punch or ten in that aspect. Be prepared to be hit in the gut with a softer side to Evan while him still being the savage beast he's always been.
PRODIGAL SON is another action-packed thrill-ride featuring Evan Smoak. Evan was recruited at a young age into the Orphan Program, a top-secret, deep-state group of trained spies/assassins. Evan left that behind to become the Nowhere Man, someone who helps those who need it desperately to obtain out of trouble. Now, he has also left that life behind, and he is trying to become an ordinary citizen (or as ordinary as he can obtain anyway).That is difficult when a woman who claims to be his mother - someone who gave him up for adoption as an infant - calls him to ask for help. As he gets mixed up with Andrew, the man his mother asked him to help, who has killers on his tail, Evan finds his plans completely derailed. He is back in the thick of it, fighting for his own life and that of is was another action-packed read that flows like a Bourne, Mission Impossible, or Jack Reacher movie. With the pace moving so quickly, there is not much time for depth, and the scenes are set much like in films, with a fast sweep around before you obtain back into the thick of it. I appreciated the twist with Evan learning more about who he was and reconciling his past with this fresh knowledge of a mother. The case is just as gripping as in past though this is the sixth book, a reader could definitely pick this one up without having read the others or having read them a while in the past. Key info is repeated and context is provided where necessary. This series and book does not spare much time for characterizations and other developments - there is so much event that the book is honed in on the action and keeps a fast IGAL SON is a riveting and action-packed addition to the ORPHAN X series, which I would highly recommend for fans of JASON BOURNE and JACK REACHER. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
I never understood the full implications of the parable of the prodigal son. I appreciate getting the full story in a beautifully written book. The latest part is about the necessity of is is a small harder to like, because the author says that you cannot fully be a amazing person if you do not accept Jesus as your god. Perhaps this is real but if it is, than that's how it goes. In this case, I can not realize my full potential, since nothing but worshipping Jesus, accepting the Bible as the holy word of god, and belonging to a church can obtain you there.If you see nothing that you recognize as proof of something, than you don't.
The parable of the prodigal son is oft explored as an affirmation of God's love, particularly toward those who have been reckless but now recognize Him as the source of salvation and fulfillment. Keller, then, opts not to repeat and rehash the exposition of other teachers. Rather, he looks at the hero often ignored: the elder brother. In his book, Keller makes the case that the elder brother necessarily deserves at least equal emphasis as the younger brother, particularly in light of the fact that with this parable Jesus was addressing the Pharisees, whom the elder brother represents. From this he teaches about the elder brother's role in the story, his heart, his response to the father, and the applicability of the elder brother to Christian ller spends the first five of seven chapters diving into the younger-elder brother contrast in detail. He shows the error of legalism, how it is a symptom of pride, and how it leads to a sense of entitlement. Elder brothers adhere externally and joylessly to the law in exchange for favors owed. But God is prodigal--that is, "reckless"--and He is merciful to save worldly younger brothers and moralistic elder brothers alike.But the final two chapters are where I think this book truly comes into its own. After talking about the problems--sins, really--of the two sons, Keller finishes his book with a look at the father. He looks at the parable's relation to the gospel, as well as a look at what a believer's life should look like in light of the gospel and this parable. God the Father sent His Son to pay the price for our homecoming. He crushed His Son on the cross so that we might be welcomed into heaven, and eventually the fresh earth, to live in an eternal home with God. And in that eternity, there will be amazing feasting (Rev. 19, Is. 25, Matt. 8:11). His latest chapter, focusing on the "Feast of the Father," shows how we ought to live in experiential enjoyment of God. Keller does a amazing job of tying all the previous material back to applicability and how it works for God's glory. I found that these two chapters helped me understand more the grace of God, our subsequent gratification in God, and how they glorify God.Who is this book for? I think this book is best suited for non-believers and fresh believers, to correct any misconceptions they have about how to live the Christian faith. It clearly demonstrates the folly of legalism and introduces how we ought to live in enjoyment of God and the gospel. This book includes a amazing presentation of the gospel, which will be of amazing benefit for non-believers. For believers who are older and more mature in the faith, this book is a welcome reminder of why God does not accept legalism. I do have to note that I don't think this will be as substantive for older, more mature believers. Since the final chapter of this book covers, briefly, the same material as John Piper's "Desiring God," I search that they pair very well together. I happened to be reading "Desiring God" at the same time as "The Prodigal God," and I found this book's final chapter to be an perfect introduction to the principles explained in "Desiring God." More mature believers may benefit from the greater extent to which Piper discusses the enjoyment of God. Still, this book is helpful at causing us to find ourselves to see if we have become complacent and legalistic in our is book is not dense. It is not a multi-hundred page exposition and exploration of this parable. It is a concise look at the tale and its implications for the life of a real Christian. Neither is any of the material particularly groundbreaking, but it is solid teaching and a amazing reminder of the fact that elder brothers in the church, proponents of pride and legalism, are wayward sons. "The Prodigal God" is a fast and helpful read examining and denouncing pride and legalism and exalting the all-surpassing love of the Father.
A lot of the books I read on here are for my private study, and my private interests, hence the chess books, but this book was for a sermon series that I have developed on the Prodigal Son parable. I have planned a years worth of sermons, so before I begin a fresh series of lessons, I start to read about the topic. This was why I selected to book. I wanted to blend something that was famous level with some scholarly reading on this parable. This book was insightful, and practical, and simple to read. I have never read any of Keller's material before, and left this book impressed. He is a amazing author, and does his homework in the text. The book tells the story of the Prodigal Son, though he notes that this is perhaps not the best title for the parable. The book looks at the major characters of the parable, which was helpful because that was the method I developed the series of lessons. He does a amazing job of highlighting the point of the parable within the attitude of the older brother, and using some of Willimon's material, of preaching to the baptized, this made a lot of connection to the text. A lot of the people in church will agree with the sinner coming home, but demonstrating the attitude of the older brother is the common sin in numerous church pews. The book does a amazing job of bridging the ancient social context with the modern world. This book helped with the sermon series and it would be a amazing book just to read on its own. It is short, interesting, and good.
I can not recommend highly enough Tim Keller's The Prodigal God, which was just published this past week. The book is both simple on the eyes at 160 pages (an simple afternoon's read) but challenging to the heart. Keller takes us back to Jesus telling the story of the Prodigal Son, but he reminds us that "prodigal" does not mean "rebellious" or "wayward" but rather lavious and "recklessly spendthrift". As such that definition fits the father in the story as much as the son. Keller, helps each of us relate to either the younger son (as those who rebel versus God in outright and outward rejection of God), or to the older son (as those who rebel versus God by trying to manipulate Him by our moral behavior). As he does he shakes our understanding of what it means to be lost and helps us all see how we have run away from home. While we might not consistently express the attitudes and actions of one brother or the other, Keller explains: "Are we to conclude that everyone falls into one or the other of these two categories? Yes and no. A amazing number of people have temperaments that predispose them to either a life of moral conformity or of self-discovery. Some, however, go back and forth, trying first one tactic and then the other in various seasons of their lives. A lot of have tried the moral conformity paradigm, found it crushed them, and in a dramatic turn moved into a life of self-discovery. Others are on the opposite trajectory."Keller, thus, uses Jesus' story to support explain the culture battles we are experiencing today and to challenge each of us to examine how we approach God. His use of contemporary illustrations are remarkable, but most impressive is his helping us see the Gospel anew and know and feel the need for us to be refreshed in it continually. This book is a must read for both fresh and mature Christians as it does rediscover the heart of the Christian faith.
Amazing! I read this small book in an afternoon, and want I could convince everyone I know to take a few hours to read it too. I have recently been disillusioned with the view of Christianity that, as I've described, puts God "in a box" as this nice, neat small easily-defined idea that just needs a passing nod or an occasional "thanks!" or which does small to inspire awe and all-consuming love and humility. This book addresses both those Christians, as well as the wayward self-indulgent ones... how both miss the entire point of the Gospel, and how much life and joy and thankfulness there is when we break away from either of the sides we tend to lean. This has given me so much more insight into the Gospel, the entire story of the Bible and man's redemption from this one little parable, and the hope that God gives us to redeem us unto him.
A short read. Gives you a fresh perspective on the classic parable of the Prodigal Son. There is nothing in my opinion that is "groundbreaking" about this book. It is certainly worth reading for any Christian, but I wouldn't group it with the likes of "The Cross of Christ" (Stott), "Knowing God" (Packer) or "Mere Christianity" (Lewis) as Christian theological staples. Still, give it a read: You might learn something new.
Yes, if you are a Christian. Yes, if you are not and are philosophically inclined. The parable of the prodigal son is well known: A son wants his inheritance and asks for it while his father is still alive. Even in our days, inheritances are received after the death of the parent, so asking for it before its time is at least disrespectful. The son goes on to squander his wealth and ends up taking care of pigs and desiring to eat the pigs' food. That is to say, he went low. He came back to his father with a humble attitude but from afar, his father saw him and run to him and threw a e ysis of the love and forgiveness that God has for those who want to come back to him is the main point of this parable. Or isn't it?Timothy Keller, who gets his theology from a very solid tradition of Biblical study, makes the case that sure, for all the ones who had gone the street of obvious and maybe degrading sinning, the notice is clear, come back and God will have no reproaches, but relief and begin arms, He loves you.But here comes the brilliance (Thimoty Keller's or other scholars I do not know), the parable tells a LOT about the older son, the one who stayed with his father, the one who obeyed, the one who "didn't sin" (in his own eyes), the religious, rule obeying one. Read the book to search out who is more lost, the lost sinner or the obedient religious son?
"This short book is meant to lay out the essentials of the Christian message, the gospel." So begins Timothy Keller's fresh book The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith. Keller targets both seekers who are unfamiliar with the gospel and longtime church members who may not feel the need for a primer on the ller's book, as the provocative title suggests, is built on one of Jesus' most popular stories: the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15). Keller consents that "on the surface of it, the narrative is not all that gripping." But, he contends that "if the teaching of Jesus is likened to a lake, this popular Parable of the Prodigal Son would be one of the clearest spots where we can see all the method to the bottom." Keller has taught from this passage a lot of times over the years, and says, "I have seen more people encouraged, enlightened, and helped by this passage, when I explained the real meaning of it, than by any other text."The book is laid out in seven brief chapters which aim to uncover the extravagant (prodigal) grace of God, as revealed in this parable. Keller shows how the parable describes two kinds of "lost" people, not just one. Most people can identify the lostness of the "prodigal son," the younger brother in Jesus' story, who takes his inheritance early and squanders it on riotous living. But Keller shows that the "elder brother" in the parable is no less lost. Together, the two brothers are illustrations of two kinds of people in the world. "Jesus uses the younger and elder brothers to portray the two primary ways people test to search happiness and fulfillment: the method of moral conformity and the method of self-discovery." Both brothers are in the wrong, and when we see this, we explore a radical redefinition of what is wrong with us. "Nearly everyone defines sin as breaking a list of rules. Jesus, though, shows us that a man who has violated nothing on the list of moral misbehaviors may be every bit as spiritually lost as the most profligate, immoral person. Why? Because sin is not just breaking the rules, it is putting yourself in the put of God as Savior, Lord and Judge just as each son sought to displace the authority of the father in his own life." As these quotes hint, Keller's exposition of the two sons lays the groundwork for a penetrating ysis and critique of both moral relativists on the liberal left and religious moralists on the conservative right, showing that the latter are just as lost as the former. What both need is Jesus, whom Keller presents as "the real elder brother," the one who comes to our rescue at his own expense. Through his grace, we are given hope and invited to the amazing feast of the with Keller's preaching, this book is smart and winsome, combining thoughtful reflection on both text and culture with searching heart application. Keller's book is effectively illustrated with a liberal use of stories and quotations from literature, movies, and the arts. Most imporantly, the book orients the reader's heart to the hope of the gospel of God's grace revealed in more note: for readers who may have felt intimidated by Keller's latest book The Reason for God, don't shrink away from The Prodigal God. It is probably only 1/3 of the length and much easier to read. I highly recommend it to unbelievers, seekers and established Christians.
Book HighlightsThis book is an exposition of sorts centered around the Parable of the Prodigal Son as it is comonly known (or the Parable of the Two Sons as Keller likes to name it). The parable is only found in Luke 15:11-32. It is a familiar parable to a lot of Christians, being found in works of literature, scene productions, art and famous e primary story is that of a father and his two sons; and the younger son decided to ask for his share of the inheritance and decided to go and create a life on his own. He ends up squandering everything and eventually comes back to his senses and returns to his father. The father forgives him, but the older brother who did not rebel, does not. The story illustrates both the futility of sin and the futility of unforgiveness.Tim Keller does an awesome job of explaining the meaning of this parable. He teases out the nuances of the story and helps the reader face the story on a private level. One of his main points is that there are a lot of "older brothers" in our churches today, just as there are a lot of younger brothers who are estranged from the church. They stay away because they wish to avoid the older brother and reject his judgmental attitude and lack of ller helps the reader to see themselves in the story. He writes that a lot of of us are close to the older brother in our attitudes. What keeps us separated from God is not so much our moral failures, but our self-righteousness. We think that by "being good" that we deserve God's blessings and a relatively problem free life. What we need to realize is that we are just as poor off as the younger brother in the the context of when Jesus originally told this parable, he was probably referring to the Pharisees. They were like the older brother in that they looked down on others and did not care for the lost sheep. The parables of the lost coin and the lost sheep present the priority of Jesus. Unlike the Pharisees, Jesus cares for the lost one. He seeks to save them from eternal death.EvaluationI thought that this was a unbelievable book. Tim Keller is a talented writer. While the book is based on a sermon, it certainly does not read like one. It flows very well and tends to draw the reader into the story. This book created me think more deeply about a very familiar parable. In the end, Keller encourages us to appreciate the importance of the gospel every day. We are all sinners in need of the grace of God. We will not experience freedom from sin through our own efforts, but only as we are transformed in our thinking by the gospel. God's undeserved grace towards us and the high price that he paid is what motivates us to live in gratitude to God.I would agree with Keller's assertion that "Jesus is pleading not so much with immoral outsiders as with moral insiders. He wants to present them their blindness, narrowness, and self-righteousness, and how these things are destroying both their own souls and the lives of the people around them. It is a mistake, then, to think that Jesus tells this story primarily to assure younger brothers of his unconditional love...Jesus is saying that both the irreligious and the religious are spiritually lost, both life-paths are dead ends, and that every thought the human race has had about how to connect to God has been wrong." (page 11)In the end, I found this book very helpful. I was challenged and encouraged at the same. Any book that can do that is definitely worth a read.
Amazing book. Author pulls much more out of the passage in Luke often titled "Parable of the Lost Son" or "Parable of the Prodigal Son" (Luke 15:11-32) than the common interpretations we usually hear. I won't give away all the insights but there are two "lost" sons.
The book is basically two parts. Keller reviews the Jonah text, in light of the surrounding biblical data. This first part offers essentially three parts to the Jonah story: Jonah and God's Word, Jonah in God's world, and Jonah and God's grace. The book hinges at the conclusion of his review of the book of Jonah through these three ller, then, moves to evaluate three types of relationship we, along with Jonah, experience because of God's continual mercy despite our desire to run the other way. In this way, we parallel Jonah. They are our relationship to God's: Word, world, and grace.Quickly, the book is edifying, and a pleasure to read. Understanding Jonah through Keller's perceptive, gospel-centered approach is what I enjoyed most.
Before this book I read “Reasons for God” and I really enjoyed the book. I bought this one because the method of author is to show the gospel and it didn’t disappoint is book is a deep study about the book of Jonah and how God’s love and justice work: through His e first part of the book is a verse by verse study, with such a depth that I never thought that was possible. It worth reading carefully every e second part is a wrap up of entire book, applied to everyday life. Superb!My faith and my private relationship with God grew up a lot because of this book.
I didn't know much about the prophet Jonah except that he was swallowed up by a whale. I didn't even know there was a book called "Jonah" in the Bible! Reading Prodigal Prophet helped me to really understand Jonah's story as Tim Keller delves deep and refers back to the original Hebrew text to support the readers understand the often overlooked messages in the book of Jonah. There is so much depth and meaning to this book that it left me almost speechless. It is convicting, encouraging, and compelling all at the same time. It is helpful to read this book with a Bible nearby for cross references and for looking up the maps, etc. Prodigal Prophet reveals God in a clear light as to who he is and it also reveals who Christians need to be in this world. Tim Keller is not shy about calling out Christians who are Christians only by name, but not by deeds and the method they live out their lives. This book is definitely worth a read and ponder.
I read this in preparation to preach through it (for the third time in my life). It’s my favorite book of the Bible and I’ve read just about every commentary on it I could obtain my hands ller has also read the best of them (he quotes the extensively) and weaves them together well. His own insights on Jonah are generally helpful and, in a few spots, really superb.His perspective is not mine - lots of emphasis on racial inequality, the “us vs. them narrative,” as well as a more radical view than mine of what it takes for God to save an individual. Sometimes these perspectives are annoying but reasonable to the text. Sometimes they’re quite a stretch, in my opinion. But in all cases, it’s amazing for someone like me to be challenged to consider them, since I wouldn’t have done that without his nclair Ferguson’s “Man Overboard” will still be my go-to Jonah recommendation for laymen, but this volume was worth the (short) read.
Is necessary to note that Jesus mentioned only one prophet in all His sermons to reaffirm His message,But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:Matthew 12:39 KJVTherefore it behooves us to create it a notice for our generation which truly has become an evil and adulterous will truly align your crosshairs, to aim at what is really necessary in your role as a believer, and minister of Jesus Christ. Every chapter unfolds, insurmountable pieces of truth, that surely we need to embrace an set in our hearts.
The book of Jonah is more than a fish story. It includes practical wisdom, theological profundity, and startling insight into the human condition. With amazing economy of words, Jonah conveys strong truths about God, human beings, and the spiritual life. In this book Keller does well to focus on Jonah's foremost theme: the depth and breadth of God's immeasurable with Keller's other works, I found myself enlightened and inspired, convicted and challenged. This is an accessible, masterful study of the Scriptures that not only reveals insight into the book of Jonah, but points us to Jesus Christ while instructing us in his way. This book will teach you more about Jonah, more about yourself, and, most importantly, more about God.
If people know anything about the prophet Jonah, they know he was swallowed by a huge fish. Consequently, because we live in an anti-miraculous age, people tend to dismiss Jonah’s story as just another fish story, the product of an ancient, credulous imagination. That dismissal is a shame, for the Book of Jonah tells a story with a timely notice for people who live, as we do, in a moment of resurging e timeliness of that notice is evident throughout The Prodigal Prophet by Timothy Keller. The book grew out of a series of expository sermons Keller preached at different times in his ministry. It reflects evangelicalism at its best: a biblical, Christ-centered, relevant call for conversion, not just in our spiritual lives, but in the totality of our lives.We first meet Jonah in 2 Kings 14:25, which says that Jeroboam II, ruler of the northern kingdom of Israel, “restored the boundaries of Israel from Lebo Hamath to the Dead Sea, in accordance with the word of the LORD, the God of Israel, spoken through his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher.” Although Jeroboam II “did evil in the eyes of the LORD” (verse 24), God kept covenant with His people (verses 26–27) and the territorial promises He had created to them. Jonah was the prophet of God’s roboam II reigned from 792–751 B.C., a period during which the Assyrian Empire, which had earlier threatened Israel, had stagnated. After his death, however, it resurged and began to threaten Israel once again. In 722 B.C., it conquered Israel, brutalized its victims, and deported the population. Israel never recovered as a political entity. When we read the Book of Jonah, we need to hold the tension between Jonah’s prophecy of territorial expansion and the subsequent history of Israel’s destruction in mind, for it is key to understanding the book’s explains Jonah’s reluctance to take “the word of the LORD” (Jonah 1:1) to Nineveh, the capital town of Assyria. Though God instructed Jonah to “preach against” that “great city” (verse 2), Jonah knew that God’s judgment implicitly carried a promise of mercy to the repentant. “I knew that you were a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity” (4:2). As a patriot, the prophet didn’t wish to see amazing come to his nation’s enemies. But God did, and so He asks Jonah (verse 11): “should I not have concern for the amazing town of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left?”The tension between Jonah’s prophecy and Israel’s destruction also explains the book’s continuing relevance to us. The book ends without an respond from Jonah to God’s question. “The main purpose of God is to obtain Jonah to understand grace,” Keller writes. “The main purpose of the book of Jonah is to obtain us to understand grace.” Grace is God’s kindness and compassion to all people, not just our kind of people. Its ultimate embodiment was the incarnation of the Son of God, who died as the substitute for our sins and rose as the harbinger of our eternal life. When we understand this, it not only changes our hearts, but it changes the ways we relate to others. That is why God’s question at the end of Jonah is left unanswered. It is a question those who claim to follow God must respond anew in every e Prodigal Prophet makes for compelling reading. It explains the meaning of the Book of Jonah in its original context, but it draws out the implications of that meaning for our context. It shows the baleful ways Christians can worship ideological idols, misuse Scripture, and fail to love their neighbors as they should. But it also shows what a gospel-centered mission looks like, as well as how the gospel shapes our relationship with neighbors in our daily lives. I’ll close this review with Keller’s penultimate paragraph, which itself ends with a question:"We live in a globe fragmented into different “media bubbles,” in which you hear only news that confirms what you already believe. Anyone whose uses the internet and social media or who even watches most news channels today is being everyday encouraged in a dozen ways to become like Jonah with regard to “those people over there.” Groups demonize and mock other groups. Each region of the country and political party finds reasons to despise the others. Christian believers today are being sucked into this maelstrom as much as, if not more than, anyone else. The Book of Jonah is a shot across the bow. God asks, how can we look at anyone — even those with deeply opposing beliefs and practices — with no compassion?"How you respond that question reveals what’s in your heart.
Book Review: The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's MercyAuthor: Timothy KellerFormat: SoftbackTopic: The Book of JonahScope: A biblical exposition of the book of Jonah for app contemporary life.Purpose: To encourage Christians to understand grace more fully and apply it more deeply to their ructure: This book includes an introduction, 12 chapters, and an epilogue. Although the book is not explicitly broken up this way, I'd argue the chapters create up two various sections. The first 9 chapters dive deep into the book of Jonah and create a lot of theological and statements. Every verse of the short book if covered at least a little. Chapters 10-12 switch gears by taking some of the major themes and applying them in deep and impactful ways to contemporary society (specifically Western Americanized Christian).What it does well: *Keller is a translator. He takes deep and often complicated topics from the Bible or more scholarly authors and translates them for more famous audiences. He is a master of reaching the heart and head of his reader.*Any reader that has not truly immersed herself in the biblical book of Jonah will come away with a much deeper knowledge of the book. Keller covers the entire book in ways that will create a lot of people go, "Oh."*The latest three chapters are worth the price of the book, IMO (although I enjoyed the rest of the book as well.) Keller's scalpel on some of the idols of the current Western church (both liberal and conservative) is exacting and incisive. There were quite a few times when I would catch myself thinking, "Yeah, that's just like [insert person or church here]" only to realize in just a couple sentences that he has described me as well.*Keller knows the human heart. He is very helpful at describing how we rebel versus God and the antidote.*Although there is much more done well, my favorite part of this book (as is my favorite part of Keller as an author) is how well it describes grace and what Jesus has done for us. This book, although about Jonah, is really about Jesus and his work to see us come to him.What it lacks: *This is not a commentary. It is not meant to be. This is not a criticism, but instead informative.*One thing I was a small disappointed about was the lack of mention of abortion in a section entitled "Christians and Politics" (163-170). As I mentioned above, Keller attacks a lot of sacred cows of both liberals and conservatives (we are not only to be for the not good but also to contend that is only for marriage). His largest attack is to say that Christians cannot abstain from politics, nor can they buy wholesale into any particular party's platform. He says we must contend for those who are most vulnerable and alludes to a lot of disenfranchised groups. This would have been a particularly amazing time to mention abortion which attacks our most vulnerable. He seems to mention some other necessary things but shies away here. To be fair to him, it seems as though a lot of of the points he makes will logically lead to the belief that we should contend versus abortion when followed to the end. So, as much as I was a small disappointed, the implications of these points will be clear to those who me fast highlights: "Jonah concluded that because he could not see any amazing reasons for God's command, there could be any. Jonah doubted the goodness, wisdom, and justice of God."-15"God shows him here that he is the God of all people and Jonah needs to see himself as being part of the whole human community, not only a member of a faith community."-37"To deny God's wrath upon sin not only robs us of a full view of God's holiness and justice but also can diminish our wonder, love, and praise at what it was that Jesus bore for us."-65"To work versus social injustice and to call people to repentance before God interlock theologically."-94"Then God says, in essence, "You weep over plants, but my compassion is for people."-118"Sin always begins with the hero assassination of God."-138"We sneer at people more liberal than us as social justice warriors; we disdain those more conservative than us as hateful bigots."-171"Religious people often invite nonbelievers to convert by calling them to adopt fresh sets of behaviors and fresh ritual practices, and the while redoubling their efforts to live a virtuous life. That, however, is to load more burdens on people.... While the gospel must lead to a changed life, is is not those changes that save you."-207Recommendation: This is a amazing book. It is simple and accessible. I recommend it for anyone who wants to go deeper into the book of Jonah or anyone who may be teaching this small book. I would also highly recommend it to anyone who is seeking to understand some of the nuances of Christianity. I found my heart moved multiple times.
Our Christian book club read this book and it provided for a deep and lively discussion. The Prodigal Prophet can be divided into two parts . The first part was a in-depth dissection of the Book of Jonah . The second part of the book is about how Jonah's story can apply to our lives. Surprisingly, the lively discussion was mostly around the first part of the book . We drew our own conclusions about how this in-depth ysis led to a greater understanding of how the book applies to our lives . The second half was amazing but definitely not as amazing as the first half. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who wants to better understand the Book of Jonah and wants to see how it ties into other parts of the Bible and how it relates to modern-day life .
In today’s highly volatile political climate; I think Christians are feeling enormous tension between their politics and their church. Their desire to be apolitical is often in direct conflict with what it means to respond God’s call in our lives and His commands to be compassionate to our neighbors and the marginalized. Tim Keller puts a sock in this. Scripture doesn’t help us as a church touting the virtues of any one political party at all, but neither does it let us to stand on the sidelines while people and groups of individuals all around us are perpetually disadvantaged. This insightful study of Jonah causes us to reach down deeply into our souls and examine our own motives and to seriously ask ourselves “what is feeding my own theology of compassion and empathy?” Is it God’s grace, timeless scripture and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross defining compassion for me? Or is it me; my fears, my own private and political associations and my dependence on those things verses my dependence on Jesus that drives my theology?” Here’s a amazing quote from the book:“How can we be freed from our idols, self-salvations, and self-justifications, which are so fragile and topic to cirtances? Only through the grace of God, which cuts us to the fast (Acts 2: 37) but lifts us higher than the heavens (Ephesians 1: 3–10), grounding our happiness and identity in the unchanging love of the Father. The gospel holds out to us the prospect of a self-worth not achieved but received. While we maintain all our identifications with our race, nationality, gender, family, community, and other connections, the most fundamental thing about us is that we are sinners saved by grace. In ourselves we are lost, flawed, and undeserving, but in Christ we are completely accepted and delighted in by the one in the universe we adore the most.”
Lady Juliet is one of the four ladies whose reputation is in peril by a vicious Lord taking revenge on their families. Turned away by her fiance and his family, Lady Juliet must leave London to go home, but she has small money. Taking the coach she meets a charming young man and his mongrel dog named Gun. Becoming mates they end up arriving at adjoining estates. Several complications contain an ex-fiance, the villain behind the slander, an aging manipulative grandfather and a possible murderer. A very charming character comes to a young lady's rescue. A sweet romance. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book
Mary Lancaster, you are a unbelievable spinner of tales! I think I have read most or all of your books, and I have never been disappointed. But “Abandoned to the Prodigal” takes the cake. I loved the hero development, the complexity of the story, and the romance, but the humor was the most entertaining and drew me in completely. Thank you!
I loved this book. I had to read it for one of my college classes and wasn't too excited first, but it ended up being one of my favorite memoirs I've ever read. It's very well written and had no problem keeping my attention throughout. I would definitely recommend this to read, as it will really begin your eyes to the true life of someone growing up under Mao.
Man I really dont know what to say this book was amazing I felt so connected to both TJ and Elijah this story spoke volumes to me because I'm a mixture of both characters I sometimes walk around like I'm ok when I'm really in pain man this book is just the introduction on the a lot of storylines that's to come it opens up your eyes on so a lot of things that's staring us right in the face
Lady Juliet needs a plan and a put to stay. Where else should she turn, but the mother of her betrothed. Except, the scandal rag has created it’s appearance and she is tossed from their home. She decided to take a coach home and happens to meet a dog and his owner-both of whom catch her eye. Daniel has been summoned to his grandfather’s estate. He is reluctant to go, but, would like to know that his mother is taken care of and will not need to remarry unless she truly loves the man in question. He and Juliet take the same coach and it is the begin of a friendship between the two outcasts.Enter Lord Barden, with a letter and the announcement that he would attend her sister’s engagement party. And, her father’s declaration that he might see her married to him, instead of pushing her former betrothed into marriage, Juliet feels trapped. Which one will she marry, who is attempting to slay either her or Daniel and why?
I loved this book. I loved the characters that included a dog named Gun. A most delightful romance developed along with an intriguing mystery. I highly recommend this series. Looking forward to the next one. Thank you Mary Lancaster.
Now ruined, what future awaits her ...Gun ... fire !If I liked the first installment, I just loved this sequel, between the character and his amped up mutt, it was such an enjoyable read.Daniel is such a amusing and kind fellow, thinking about the others before himself even if he does not renege on his own pleasure. I just adored him. He does not compromise and wealth has no weight on him. He goes where the wind blows.Juliet was set up with three mates to be ruined, so much her betrothed ended their engagement. So on her method to go home, she meets a young man whose appearance is far from her usual sphere but is a gentleman at heart.While Dan feels protectiveness close to Juliet, their relationship evolves quickly from mere acquaintance to companionship then trusting friendship.I loved to follow them as they obtain to know one another, confiding their dreams and mistakes, how Dan has a very private view of life and does not allow bumps and holes impede his mood.His family is quite special and fun to observe.A very charming and witty 5 stars read.I was granted an advance copy by the publisher Dragonblade Publishing, here is my real and unbiased opinion.
After reading the first in this series, I could not wait for more! As always Mary Lancaster continues to draw me into her stories with her unbelievable characters and imagination!This story runs concurrent with book one with a continuation as to the ladies in waiting for the Princess of Wales who end up in a is is Juliet and Daniel's story, oh and let's not forget his dog Gun! Trying to flee the scandal that is brewing and nobody to support her, she makes her method to her family's country house and meets up with Daniel, whose grandfather's estate borders her families.Daniel has his own issues but the two create a journey toward love with a lot of bumps along the way. Really amazing story!
I really enjoyed this story and the first one too. The villain is on his method to the 3rd young lady he ruined, so far not succeeding with the first two.I think you would have fun this story more, if you read book 1 first. To feel the 4 women's anguish when they realize someone tricked them. This is what the stories are based on, the villains need to revenge.I loved the grandfather in this story and of course the very badly behaved creature dog. The dog created me laugh and it antics when the word FIRE would be said, added lightness to the was sweet how the H/h met and how they formed their bond through honesty with each other. There were minor typo's, one created me laugh widow instead of ere are some passionate kisses prior to marriage, and mildly described lovemaking, once, within marriage, heat level 2.5 out of 5 and only described cheating, no cliffhanger except the continuation of the villain, HEA, romance and little tad of steam. The epilogue was sweet too 3 months in the future. I recommend this story and series. (ljb)
Lady Juliet was ruin by the Princess scandal and dismissed by her betrothed. She caught the scene home to her family In misery. Daniel & his dog Gun became her protectors. He was going home to his dying grandfather that lived on the estate to her. Her father was a strong Earl and decided the method to save her reputation was to either marry her to the man that made the rumor or the betrothed that tossed her out. Juliet ran away to the unconventional man, Daniel. He created her satisfied and protected her. An enjoyable fun book filled with happiness every after.