The prodigal : a ragamuffin story
by Manning, Brennan,
|Format:||Print Book 2013|
|Availability:||Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies|
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.
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|Publisher|| Grand Rapids, Michigan :Zondervan,2013
Includes discussion questions (pages 283-285).
xv, 288 pages ; 22 cm