Read Brennan Manning's little parable, Journey of the Podigal, aloud to my family as we travelled an hour and a half to Duluth the other day. I was amazed at two things:
1) How the story kept their attention the entire time.
2) How deeply it touched my heart. I actually choked back tears towards the end. (My kids made fun of me -- but methinks they were just able to hold it together a little bit better than me!)