The Prodigal Prophet

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Category: Old Testament Commentaries Christian Life
Timothy Keller

Want to go beyond the Sunday School version of Jonah's story?

Tim Keller explores the ways we can follow God's love, even when it's hard or confusing

The Prodigal Prophet gives you ways of listening to God's heart for the people around you

You already know the story. There is a cantankerous and stubborn prophet, a storm, and a fish big enough to swallow a man whole: especially a stubborn and cantankerous one. Then the prophet is spat out and is no longer as stubborn.

The story of Jonah is one of the most famous in all of the Bible.

It is also one of the most misunderstood.

In The Prodigal Prophet, the New York Times bestselling author Tim Keller tells the hidden story of Jonah in the way to most everybody else misses out. In it, Tim Kellow shows just how bad a prophet Jonah is. So bad, in fact, that we often chose to overlook the very point of the story and focus on the fish and the storm and running away. What we don’t see is that the story of Jonah isn’t as unique as it seems. There is another story like his. One that opens up a whole new way of reading Jonah's story:

The parable of the Prodigal Son.

The connection between Jonah, Jesus, and the prodigal son open up a whole host of questions to be answered. It also helps finish off the story of Jonah that is left at a cliffhanger with Jonah still in mid-argument with God.

Providing new understandings and answers to the story of the prodigal prophet, Tim Keller explores how we often run from what God wants for us, and how to come back.

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