The prodigal : a ragamuffin story

by Manning, Brennan,

Format: Print Book 2013
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Brennan Manning, author of The Ragamuffin Gospel whose powerful message of grace and forgiveness has transformed millions, partnered with critically-acclaimed writer Greg Garrett to retell one of his favorite stories, the Parable of the Prodigal Son.Jack Chisholm is on top of his game: lead pastor of a big church in a big city, thousands of members, a huge physical plant. His books sell millions of copies, and he is a public figure, sharing his life's philosophy: "We have got to do better." He is also living a lie-nobody could be as holy as his congregants think he is, and like all of us, he has his share of faults, flaws, sins.When one of these comes to light, the board of deacons gives him a choice: walk away, or be publicly shamed. They wouldn't dare, he thinks. I mean too much to this church.So he laughs at them, refuses to even acknowledge what he has done. And they fire him, publicly, messily. Jack loses everything, overnight: his church, his friends, his money, his reputation, and his family. His wife, Tracy, humiliated and disgusted with Jack's recklessness and unwillingness to take responsibility, takes the church's buy-out and their daughter Alison and goes into hiding.Jack has been a pastor his entire adult life. His only marketable skill-proclaiming the Word of the Lord-is now valueless. How to live What to do Take a minimum wage job Give up Kill himselfHe falls into a bottle, hopes it all will blow over. At last, out of money, out of hope, the impossible happens. His father arrives to rescue him with these simple words: Come home.Thus begins Jack's journey back . . . back to himself, back to hope, back to his Father.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The Prodigal is the much anticipated novel by the late best-selling spiritual writer Manning (The Ragamuffin Gospel, 2000) and theologian and author Garrett. Manning's signature honesty, wit, and compassion are evident in this redemptive tale, a modern take on the prodigal son. Jack Chisolm knows what it's like to live the good life. He's one of America's best-known pastors and has a beautiful family, wealth, and the conviction that God is on his side. After a fall from grace, however, Jack finds himself with nothing, dragged back to Texas by the father he hasn't spoken to in a decade. As Jack gets back on his feet, he rediscovers what it means to live a life of faith. He also comes to recognize the power of a father's love and the importance of community. Manning and Garrett do a wonderful job bringing to life the downfalls of a superficial form of contemporary Christianity, while dramatizing struggles readers can easily relate to. This story of love found and grace extended will bring hope to everyone who reads it.--Richard, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Cowritten by the late Manning (The Ragamuffin Gospel) and Garrett (Free Bird), this novel is more than an updated version of a well-known Bible story. The authors take the essence of the prodigal son saga and put it in the context of a fresh fictional tale that is both relevant and realistic. The story's characters are human and given to failures, but also filled with compassion and a deep desire to do the right thing. Jack Chandler has been doing the right thing for a long time, but for all the wrong reasons. As senior pastor and founder of a Seattle megachurch, Jack's good deeds are headline-making news. When he flounders, his mistakes are equally visible. As he lands at the bottom of a bottle, the last person Jack expects to come to his rescue is his long-estranged father. Jack's road to recovery and restoration is not an easy, forgive-and-forget path, but a rollercoaster ride through others' misconceptions and trepidations. Many readers will relate to Jack's struggle to reconcile relationships and redeem himself. A wonderfully written story that is as entertaining as it is thought provoking. Agency: Alive Communications. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Clergy -- Fiction.
Christian fiction.
Publisher Grand Rapids, Michigan :Zondervan,2013
Contributors Garrett, Greg, author.
Language English
Notes Includes discussion questions (pages 283-285).
Description xv, 288 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780310339007 (pbk.)
0310339006 (pbk.)
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