The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story by Brennan Manning

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Read The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story Online Free - 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

Title : The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story
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ISBN : 0310339006
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Mark rated it ★★★★★

November 06, 2013

I like it when a book sounds worth reading, and when I read it, it does not disappoint. And that it didn't disappoint is an understatement. For a long time, I have been a firm believer that God can use Christian fiction to speak to people, to move them, and even help change them. Not all Christia...

Brian Cambra rated it ★★★★★

June 11, 2017

Although at times it was predictable, this book was a pure joy to read from start to finish. Brennan Manning alone would have led me to pick this up, but it was a phenomenal book.

Rebecca rated it ★★★☆☆

May 28, 2014

Book seemed geared to high school reader. Was too simplistic for me. Book was 288 pages would have been better at 150 pages. Jack too quickly returns to father to whom he had spoken to in more than 10 years. A nice story, but not very realistic, too predictable. Small town people seemed very sma...

Deb rated it ★★★★★

July 16, 2017

This story of a fallen pastor of a mega church is thought provoking. It is a gentle reminder of our human frailties and God's unlimited grace.

Janet rated it ★★★★★

September 08, 2014

"America's Pastor." That's what they call Jack Chisholm, founder and leader of Seattle's Grace Cathedral. Jack is a high-profile preacher and an organizer of good works. He's also human. When a lapse in judgment leads to sin and disgrace, his image shatters and his life falls apart. Despite the na...

Peter rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 05, 2015

Two things to make clear right from the start: firstly, the Prodigal Son (Luke 15) is pretty much my favourite parable; secondly, I am a great fan of the writings of Brennan Manning. With those things said, I can say that I enjoyed this book as a work of light fiction while having some reservatio...

Jason rated it ★★★★★

November 18, 2014

Brennan Manning died last year. Writer extraordinaire and grace addict. For those who love the message of grace, his books have been a rich source of sustenance. The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story (2013) co-authored by Greg Garrett was the last book of Brennan's before he died. The authors tell the...

Ken rated it ★★★★★

October 22, 2014

First, I'm not sure how much of this book was written by Brennan Manning, and how much by co-writer Greg Garrett. Manning died before the book was completed. That said, I will tell you that this is an absolutely must-read story. It's fiction, loosely based on Jesus' parable of the prodigal son an...

Megan rated it ★★★★★

February 13, 2014

Well, this is a book released by my FAVORITE author after his death. There is no way this book can be anything less than perfect because i am blinded by my love for Brennan. I loved the story and fell in love with the characters. Total tear jerker, left me crying on my couch when i finished it ov...

Tracy rated it ★★★★★

September 26, 2014

This may be the best book I have read this year. It might even be the best book I have read in the last several years. It is absolutely in my top 10! I found myself deeply moved several times during this story, during both high and low points in the main character's journey. It didn't end the way...

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