Prodigal God

Tim Keller

About This Book

Pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller opens your eyes to the powerful message of Jesus’ best-known—and least understood—parable. The Prodigal God is a revelation of the very heart of the gospel: God’s radical love for sinners of every kind. Taking you and your small group or church beyond the traditional focus on the wayward younger son, Dr. Keller helps you glean insights from each of the characters in Jesus’ parable: the irreligious younger son, the moralistic elder son, and the Father who lavishes his love on both. The Prodigal God will challenge the devout and the skeptic alike to see Christianity in a whole new way.

DVD: Six 10-minute sessions with leader’s guide and discussion questions

Book discussion: 7 chapters


Basics, Spiritual Growth


Book discussion,DVD


Justin MooreJune 23, 2017

This study is fantastic! Brief yet very informative videos & great questions in the leaders guide. I’ve heard the parable of the son returning & being accepted many times but Keller’s teaching of the other son was just as powerful to me. I highly recommend this study!

Thomas MayJune 21, 2017

The book has a DVD component which consists of one 38 minute session for the first week, with all remaining weekly DVD sessions being just a couple of minutes in length, and these are actually just review snippets from the first 38 minute session. Our group really liked the study, but the leader prep time is significantly increased due to the brevity of the DVD components following week one.

Thomas MayJune 21, 2017

Timothy Keller does a great job of teaching how God’s wrecklessly extravagant grace is applied to TWO lost sons. Whereas it’s easy to see the sin and lostness in the bad younger brother, Keller reminds us that the self-righteous, self-serving, and condescending attitude of the “obedient” older brother is a far more deadly spiritual lostness, and one which, sadly, marks and largely identifies many Christian communities. Keller calls on current day elder brothers to repent not only of any recognizable “bad” sins, but also for the sinful motives behind every “good” deed.

Dorn SchuffmanJune 21, 2017

As noted in Clare’s review, after the first session, the video only provides 2 minute snippets from the excellent 38 minute video that you watch the first night. I strongly recommend that the members of the small group read the book that accompanies the video as you work your way through the material. The book offers so much good supporting material that if the members don’t read it, they will miss some excellent teaching unless the leader does more explaining/teaching than is desirable in most small group studies. Though the material is excellent, I gave this study four stars because I wanted to indicate that I don’t believe you will get the greatest benefit out of the study by treating it as a video series, and not as a study that requires reading along in a book.

Clair MayJune 20, 2017

I actually had read this book sometime ago so I had a copy. We used DVD in small group so no prep time for participants just our leader. We had a lot of good discussion because it was probably the first time we had heard this parable presented this way. The first night video pretty much told the complete parable. The remaining nights were just a snippet of that video which meant more prep for leader to come up with questions or ways to keep us discussing for all the lessons. But all in all I feel it was successful.