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A Tale of Two Sons: The Inside Story of a Father, His Sons, and a Shocking…

by John MacArthur

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I was skeptical that there could be much new material for such a well known, perhaps one of the best known passages of scripture. I was wrong. This book is both insightful and interesting. MacArthur shows his heart as a preacher in telling the story of a man, his two sons, and the events that transpire as they live out this parable. MacArthur also uses his skill in language and culture to help the reader grasp some of the details of this story that he might otherwise miss. This is a great reminder that we are powerfully loved by God and greatly responsible for how we respond to His love. This is one of those books that I just did not want to end. ( )
  preacherbythebay96 | Jan 22, 2016 |
It is hard for me to imagine there being a better exposition of the parable of the Prodigal Son than this one. John MacArthur delivers a truly edifying, Christ-exalting, gospel-centered masterpiece as he minutely examines this famous parable from the perspectives of each of the main characters -- the father, the younger son, and the older brother. The joy in heaven over God's grace in saving sinners is set in contrast with the tragic self-righteous hypocrisy of the Pharisees and their hatred of God's way of salvation by grace through faith in Christ. MacArthur misses nothing and communicates his powerful message in his usual clear crisp style. This is, by far, much better than Tim Keller's Prodigal God. ( )
1 vote HowHop | Jan 9, 2013 |
Some interesting insights as to the culture of the day. The message is directed at the Pharisees and they are identified in the older brother. ( )
1 vote mikestacey6 | Jan 22, 2010 |
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Previously published as A Tale of Two Sons

Charles Dickens. William Shakespeare. Garrison Keillor. They’re all part of the chorus of literary geniuses who expressed admiration for The Parable of the Prodigal Son as outstanding literature. After all, it is a powerful drama, rich in detail, powerfully succinct, and intensely personal. But beyond the literary critiques—besides being one of the most celebrated written works of all time—the message of this parable is one we can’t afford to ignore.

In The Prodigal Son, John MacArthur takes the story back to its roots, when Jesus’ words were absolutely revolutionary. As one of America’s most beloved Bible teachers, MacArthur leads us through the minefields of interpretation and restores the simple yet profound brilliance of this passage. Giving engrossing historical background, The Prodigal Son will reveal Christ’s original message as intended for the Pharisees, the disciples, and the world today.  

Gain an enlightening perspective into the prodigal son’s story and embrace God’s love anew with The Prodigal Son.


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In The Tale of Two Sons, one of America's most loved Bible teachers takes you deeper into Luke 15 than ever before, revealing insights into the culture of Jesus' day and an unforgettable ending. The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) has been preached from nearly every pulpit in the world and is known by many who read and cherish the Bible. The story is so powerful because it presents, in clear and inspiring terms, our struggle with sin, the need for humble repentance, and the Father's inexhaustible mercy and love. Unfortunately, many Christians would say that they have nothing new to learn from this gem of Scripture. It has lost its luster. But in The Tale of Two Sons, John MacArthur restores the brilliance of this passage, giving engrossing historical background and unveiling a surprise ending readers have never heard before.… (more)

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