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Editorial Reviews


"...a thoughtful re-examination of lessons found in one of Jesus' most inspiring stories, the parable of the prodigal son." -- CBA Marketplace, July 1999

"...tackles some very delicate topics that many writers might avoid... interesting and realistic, and it contains good lessons for teens and adults alike." --
Christian Library Journal, Fall 2000

About the Author

Novelist and free-lance writer, Joseph Bentz is also a professor of American literature at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. His novel, A Son Comes Home, is set in the America Midwest that was his home for his first 29 years. Born and raised in Indiana, Joseph earned a B.A. from Olivet Nazarene University, and his Master's and Ph.D. from Purdue University.
Joseph became a professor of American literature first at Olivet, then later at Azusa Pacific where he also completed his first novel,
Song of Fire. A Son Comes Home is a departure in style and genre from the fantasy of the first. The book tells the story of one life-changing summer for the LaRues, a family divided both by a geographical and emotional distance.
When Chris LaRue, a graduate student living in California, returns to Indiana for the summer it becomes evident how far he has drifted both from his family and faith. Haunted by the death of a brother, Chris and the rest of the family can't seem to reconcile the sins of the past with a willingness to look to the future. But even that looks formidable as Jack, the father, is suffering from health and financial problems, and Robin, the 19-year-old daughter, has become pregnant unexpectedly.
Exploring how people extricate themselves from the webs that entangle them and reconcile with loved ones that are estranged from them,
A Son Comes Home is a story of prodigal sons and daughters, ordinary people who stray from God and finally, through a series of difficult and often tragic circumstances, come to their senses and return to him. Combining tragedy and humor together with a deep spiritual probing, Joseph Bentz creates a distinct and remarkable book about the redeeming power of a life turned back to God.
Joseph's move in 1991 to California to take the position at Azusa Pacific University was important not only professionally but personally as well. He married his wife, Peggy, in 1994 and they have two children. 
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Randall House Publications (July 1, 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 322 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0892655682
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0892655687
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.02 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.4 x 0.71 x 9.04 inches
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Joseph Bentz's books span a variety of genres, including a fantasy novel, three contemporary novels, five non-fiction books on Christian living, and one book/DVD package. Bentz is a frequent speaker at writers conferences, churches, and other venues. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in American literature from Purdue University and a B.A. in English from Olivet Nazarene University. He lives with his wife and two children in Southern California. More information on his writing and speaking is available at his website,

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