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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Student/Stdy Gde edition (August 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310325366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310325369
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

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Two sons, one who kept the rules religiously and one who broke them all. One Father who loved both lost sons beyond anything they could imagine. Discover how deep and far God's grace goes in The Prodigal God The Prodigal God discussion guide will help you uncover, personalize, and apply life-changing insights from The Prodigal God DVD 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. 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. Session titles include the following: The Parable The People Around Jesus The Two Lost Sons The Elder Brother The True Elder Brother The Feast of the Father Designed for use with The Prodigal God DVD and book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Few books are worth reading straight through.
P. B. Jones
Keller's work presents excellent insight which many have overlooked on the Parable commonly known as that of the "Prodigal Son."
Citadel Reader
I recommend the small group discussion guide and dvd to any small group.
Aaron Brown

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By GPLJR on December 11, 2009
Format: DVD
The publisher advertises this DVD as follows:

"In this six-session DVD, pastor and bestselling author Timothy Keller helps churches and small groups plumb the powerful depths of Jesus' best-known parable to explore the story's characters--the younger son, the elder son, and the Father whose lavish love exceeds what either son ever expected."

I think it would have been nice of them to be up front about the fact that only one of the six "sessions" is over 2 minutes long!!! I ordered this hoping it would provide adequate material for a six weeks study in our Sunday School class. The DVD will not be nearly as helpful as the advertising suggests. Be aware of this before you spend the money. Book + DVD + study guide came to around $50. In my view the $18 I paid for the DVD was not worth it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nici on August 4, 2010
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Based on a couple of reviews I read on Amazon I almost decided not to use the study. I am so glad I did though! I have lead studies in group settings for 14 years now and this one has been one of the best. It's profound in content. Well organized. Really easy to lead with little to no prep work required and yet is not overly simplistic which is so often the case when something is easier to lead. The discussion that the study has generated in our group has been deep and thought provoking. I could not be more pleased. While the discussion guide is not essential for the study it's definitely been helpful and the appendices at the back on idols is useful. The guide made breaking up into smaller sub groups possible which I found to be beneficial to take things from the general to specific and making it personally applicable. As you can tell I highly recommend 'The Prodigal God'
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Jeremiah Fyffe on May 27, 2010
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I think one of the most valuable things Keller does with this book is cause the reader to take the time this parable deserves to think hard about both the content of this parable and the context within which Jesus told it.

I have purchased 8 copies of this book already and intend to continue to give it away to both "younger brothers" and "older brothers". It is a great way to introduce people to God's "prodigal" (extravagant) grace that they too might find "a place at the table".
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bishop on June 8, 2010
Format: DVD
The session on this DVD is insightful and powerful. It says on the DVD cover that it contains "six captivating sessions." This is a blatant misrepresentation. There is one great session and five two minute clips from that same session. The one session is more than worth it.. but a highly disappointing misrepresentation, if not an outright lie, on the cover of the DVD.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dwide Schrude on March 2, 2010
Format: DVD
I just finished doing the overview of this series in my small group. I almost didn't go, as I thought I knew everything there is to know about this parable. All I can say is that I was way wrong!! Keller explains this parable simply, truthfully and insightfully. I was truly blown away by some of historical background and by all of the discussion material this short dvd can provide. I think my group could have talked for several more hours, and I can't wait for next week. This dvd is easy to understand for people without a lot of biblical knowledge, and has lots to offer a mature Christian as well.

So many people who are Christians fall into the role of the older brother--being a good person, and following Jesus...but for what purpose? The younger brother is the obvious sinner here, but really both brothers are sinners and both are separated from love and relationship with their father. I think this could be a huge eye opener and wake up call for the Christian church today and has the potential to transform hearts, churches, communities and even the world.

Bottom Line: simple yet powerful--tons of discussion material--power to transform lives and light fires within believers and pre-believers alike.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on October 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Keller provides a valuable tool to help the reader comprehend and apply the truth of his superb book: The Prodigal God. This study guide augments the book and the DVD as it assists you in digging deeper into the transcendent truths of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The author furnishes solid biblical applications to warmly lead one to a greater love of God and fellow man. This is an essential resource for small groups or family devotions. I would recommend using it if you have an unbelieving spouse and God gives you the opportunity to sit down and study Keller's book with them in an intimate setting. The two of you will be changed forever.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Jones on January 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Few books are worth reading straight through. I find that I start jumping pages to get to the point. Half way through this book, I thought that the author had exhausted the subject and I was feeling like it was winding down. Wrong, he just kept adding to the topic without being boring or redundant. As I read I found myself saying, 'Well duh, of course that is what this passage is saying why didn't I see that before?' Those 'duh' moments are priceless. I actually really enjoyed this book. All of it, and that is rare. Good Job. I was so impressed with his unconventional thought on this passage of scripture that I gave a copy to all the leaders of my church for Christmas.
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TIMOTHY KELLER was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular attendees at five services, a host of daughter churches, and is planting churches in large cities throughout the world. He is the author of COUNTERFEIT GODS, THE PRODIGAL GOD, and the New York Times bestseller THE REASON FOR GOD.

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