The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story by Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett is a featured and recommended Christian book tagged in Christian > Fiction > Contemporary

An absolute must read. This is a fictional story that is completely saturated with events from Brennan’s Manning’s life. If you’ve blown it once, twice or evern more…you should read this one.”–Keiki Hendrix

THE PRODIGAL

A NOVEL

Author: Brennan Manning, Greg Garrett
Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Tagged in: Christian

ABOUT THE PRODIGAL

From the inspirational author of The Ragamuffin Gospel and the acclaimed novelist of Free Bird 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.

About the Authors

Richard Francis Xavier Manning, known as Brennan Manning(April 27, 1934 – April 12, 2013) was an American author, laicized priest, and public speaker. He is best known for his bestselling book The Ragamuffin Gospel.

Born and raised in Depression-era New York City, Manning finished high school, enlisted in the US Marine Corps, and fought in the Korean War. After returning to the United States, he enrolled at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Upon his graduation from the seminary in 1963, Manning was ordained a Franciscan priest.

Greg Garrett is the Austin, Texas author of over twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and translation. His most recent novel was The Prodigal, written with the legendary Brennan Manning.

Greg has taught at Baylor University since 1989. He also serves as Writer in Residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and writes at the American Cathedral in Paris.

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