The Prodigal A Ragamuffin Story



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 megachurch, 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.

“A wonderfully written story that is as entertaining as it is thought provoking.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“. . . the consummate final tale. What they have created is the Ragamuffin at his best, full of hope, full of love, and finally, full of belief in the goodness of God.” —Phyllis Tickle, founding editor, Religion Department, Publishers Weekly

“Brennan Manning’s last work continues the powerful message of grace and forgiveness that has transformed so many lives. The Prodigal will transform you too.” —Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker

Contributor(s) Brennan Manning , Greg Garrett
About the Contributor(s) Brennan Manning

Brennan Manning spent his life and ministry helping others experience the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. A recovering alcoholic and former Franciscan priest, his own spiritual journey took him down a variety of paths, all of them leading to the profound reality of God’s irresistible grace. His ministry responsibilities varied greatly – from teacher, to minister to the poor, to solidary reflective. As a writer, Brennan Manning is best known as the author of the contemporary classics, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba’s Child, Ruthless Trust, The Importance of Being Foolish, Patched Together, and The Furious Longing of God.

Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett is the author of a dozen books of fiction, memoir, and nonfiction, including books on religion and culture, narrative, and theology. His The Gospel According to Hollywood received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and a “highly recommended” in Library Journal; other recent books include We Get to Carry Each Other, on the religious and political beliefs of the rock band U2, Stories from the Edge, on American cultural narratives of grief and suffering, and Holy Superheroes, on understanding hero myths in American culture. His book The Other Jesus, offers a vision of 21st Century Christianity set free from dogma and angry moralizing. He also contributes to publications including Beliefnet, Patheos, Ethics Daily, Christianity Today, Relevant, and Reform (UK), and has discussed his work on or for National Public Radio, BBC Radio, CBS Radio, the Bob Edwards Show, National Review, USA Today, Christianity Today, msnbc.com, readthespirit.com, and many other print, broadcast, and web media outlets.

 Greg is an award-winning Professor of English at Baylor University, where he teaches creative writing, American literature, film, and theology. He is also Writer in Residence at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church, a past Fellow of the Cathedral College of Preachers at Washington National Cathedral, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. He lives in Austin, Texas.


UPC 025986339005
ISBN-10 0310339006
ISBN-13 9780310339007
Publish Date Nov 5, 2013
Weight (lbs) 0.6400
Height 8.38
Width 5.5
Length 304
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Format Paperback
Language English

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