THE PRODIGAL by Brennan Manning and Greg Garrett is a novel that exemplifies Brennan's message of grace, mercy and forgiveness. It is Brennan's first foray into fiction but he didn't live long enough to see it published.
I had heard of Brennan Manning and I chose The Prodigal, curious about him writing a work of fiction. I was a little reluctant to read it, after reading the synopsis, concerned it would be a little too predictable and sanctimonious. However, I was totally captivated by the story.
In this narrative, the church responds predictably when Jack let's his guard down and succumbs to temptation. Many times in today's world when this does happen the church culture does not extend the grace and forgiveness needed for restoration.
The ones to reach out are the ones Jack least expected and they give him a new perspective of God's grace and forgiveness. This is a account not only of forgiveness and redemption, but of second chances.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found it refreshingly believable. I would recommend it to anyone.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers and Zondervan for an honest review.