Journey along with the prodigal son, as Matt Carter leads you home, after some detours into Ecclesiastes, Hebrews, 2 Samuel and more. His purpose is to expose the lie told by Satan and our culture, the same lie believed by the prodigal son.
“… there is a better life out there that I am completely missing out on by staying here in this place , being an obedient son or daughter of God…”
According to Carter, people are walking away from the church for the following reasons:
- Many young people have not made the faith they grew up in their own
- The allure of the world
- The shame of past or current sin
- Christians have often failed to become truly committed disciples
Like the prodigal, when we wander off in search of those worldly pleasures that call us we find that:
“… sin is a dead-end road, with the final destination being the stinking mud of a pigpen.”
We all do this at times, and the author gives examples from his own life. Returning to the father requires recognition of our sin and its’ failure to satisfy the deepest longings of the heart. The lesson of the prodigal is this: there are always consequences for our sins but
“one of them will never be a heavenly Father who says, ‘I’m done loving you.'”
VERDICT: True, but predictable. I give it 4 stars. I appreciated the fact that the author did not gloss over the consequences of sin, and our need to recognize it and repent.
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