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A Tale of Two Sons: The Inside the Story of a Father, His Sons, and a Shocking Murder Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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- Publisher : Thomas Nelson Inc; First Edition, First Printing (April 1, 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 221 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0785262687
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785262688
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #876,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is well written, and like all other Macarthur books, it is deeply researched. You will gain new insights to this wonderful story and your heart will be touched by the unconditional love of Jesus. This book rips apart the hypocritical spirit that plagues the church today and turns sinners away from the Gospel of grace.
It will be worth every penny you spend and time you invest to read this timely book.
John MacArthur also shares many cultural and historical facts that, while not necessary to understanding the story (i.e. the Word of God is sufficient), are helpful. For instance, the pods that the swine were eating were probably carob pods, which are barely even edible for pigs, more a bare subsistance food in a time of famine, so the prodigal son is more desperate in his hunger than I had imagined. There are many other details like this.
At times I think, he probably makes a bit much of some cultural detail or another and reads too much into the story, and I felt that he restated some points a few times too many. I think the book could have been reduced in size by about 20% and been the better for it. But, all in all, a worthwhile read. I'm not sure if I'll keep it or not, as it's not the sort of book I'm likely to read again and again, but I acquired it used and am glad to have read it once.
I continually marvelled at the many deep lessons that Pastor MacArthur mines in this familar story. He looks at the story from the perspectives of the lost son, father, older brother, and the Pharisees. The story is one of incredible grace once the sinner recognizes the need for repentance. The story would have been familiar to the culture of the day. MacArthur shows how much relevance the story still applies in today's world. Isn't the Bible wonderful? Timeless.
The book ends with some unexpected analysis that I had never fully considered. I won't spoil the thunder because all need to read it.
Many parents will benefit from reading this book. As the father of an estranged son, I gained tremendous comfort to sustain me during these difficult days of rejection. I am more prepared to act if and when my prodigal ever returns home. I haven't given up hope.. and my prodigal knows the door is always open.
I plan to reread this book as I would fully expect I will see and understand new depths. Thank you Pastor MacArthur.