The Prodigal

  • by Brennan Manning, Greg Garrett
  • Narrated by Daniel Butler
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the inspirational author of The Ragamuffin Gospel comes a powerful contemporary retelling of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Jack Chisholm is 'the people's pastor.' He leads a devoted and growing mega church, has several best-selling books, and a memorable slogan, 'We have got to do better.' Jack knows how to preach, and he understands how to chastise people into performing. What he doesn't know is anything about grace. This year, when it comes time for the Christmas sermon, the congregation at Grace Cathedral will look to the pulpit, and Jack will not be there. Of course, they will have seen plenty of him already - on the news.
After an evening of debauchery that leads to an affair with his beautiful assistant, Jack Chisholm finds himself deserted with chilling swiftness. The church elders remove him from his own pulpit. His publisher withholds the royalties from his books. Worst of all, his wife disappears with their eight-year-old daughter. But just as Jack is hitting bottom, hopeless and penniless, drinking his way to oblivion, who should appear but his long-estranged father, imploring his prodigal son: 'Come home.'
A true companion piece to The Ragamuffin Gospel, The Prodigal illustrates the power of grace through the story of a broken man who finally saw Jesus not because he preached his greatest sermon or wrote his most powerful book, but because he failed miserably. Jack Chisholm lost everything - his church, his family, his respect, and his old way of believing - but he found grace. It's the same grace that Brennan Manning devoted his life to sharing: profound in nature and coming from a God who loves us just as we are, and not as we should be.

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What the Critics Say

"A wonderfully written story that is as entertaining as it is thought provoking." (Publishers Weekly)

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Excellent!

I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but the story is so beautiful, & comforting, I couldn't stop listening. It teaches us how much God loves us..not because we are perfect, but because we are imperfect, & need his grace.
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- D House

fantastic!

I loved every minute of this book. i could not put it down! the reader dod a phenomenal job, and I listened for hours straight.
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- Carrie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2013
  • Publisher: Zondervan