The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story.

The ProdigalJack Chisholm is “the people’s pastor,” who leads a huge megachurch with the famous slogan, “we have got to do better.” He knows how to preach about “doing,” but he knows nothing about grace. When all of the sudden he wakes up from a night of multiple mistakes caught on tape, he looses not only his powerful and famed position of pastor, but his wife and daughter as well. 

The one person he doesn’t expect to “rescue” him, does just that: his estranged father. Jack’s journey leads him to his hometown, where he is reconnected with family and friends he hasn’t spoken with in over a decade. And most importantly, he learns not only about grace, but about real love and forgiveness as well. 

I loved this book! The parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 has so much more to do with our lives than we can ever realize. It teaches us our undeserving nature, and God’s immeasurable grace that covers every sin ever committed. When everyone else may turn their back on us, God never will, and will always be there with open arms ready to receive us back. 

Brennan Manning has a way of making Jack’s journey come to life, and you feel like you’re walking it alongside him. I found myself rooting for him to realize what’s important in life, and let the worldly things go. I was challenged in the amount of grace I show others, as compared to the amount of grace that’s been given to me. It really made me think about what’s truly important in life, and what’s just unnecessary “fluff.”

I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who’s searching for a message of grace, what it can look like in this life, and how grace can change someone’s life. Or if you’re just looking for a book with great meaning, strong characters, and an ending that will make you smile. Read it.  


This book was provided to me free of charge by Book Look in return for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.