The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story

I've just finished the last book Brennan Manning wrote before passing away.  It's an engaging novel called The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story, co-written by Greg Garrett.

This is a modern day account of the prodigal son parable with a twist.

Jack Chisholm, celebrity senior pastor of Grace Cathedral, a thriving mega-church with global impact, is widely known  as "the people's pastor", and frequently uses the mantra, "we've got to do better."

Poor judgment in a compromising situation leads to Jack's immediate (and very public) fall from grace, landing him on the pages of national newspapers.  In one fell swoop, he loses his position, wife, friends, self-respect, and money.  He winds up in a Mexican resort town-- alone and penniless, wishing he would have done better himself.

Jack's estranged father, Tom, travels to Mexico, uninvited, to bring his wandering son home to the small Texas village he left years ago.

The prodigal pastor returns reluctantly, but then begins to see the beauty of the people he had left behind, and discovers truth that sets him free.

Manning shows up, himself, in a cameo appearance as Father Frank, with ragamuffin quotes and insights.

(A complimentary copy was provided to my by the publisher for review on this blog,.  I was not required to give a positive endorsement.)


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