The most famous story of Jesus retold
Prodigals digs deeply into each line from Jesus’s famous parable about the prodigal son, inviting all readers—those down on their luck or high on their horse—to identify as prodigals. A prodigal is anyone who accepts they have a sinful human nature and turns toward the love of home, the place where we find a deeper relationship with God.
Rather than divide the world into prodigals and nonprodigals, Taylor invites readers to find themselves in the teaching of Jesus as either younger or elder siblings. The life-changing power of the book comes when readers begin to identify with the characters in the story and join in the prayers and calls for transformation that conclude the chapters.
Proceeds from the book benefit 1256movement.org.
The author has lived and traveled internationally
and relates the greatest parable Jesus ever told to his experiences across the United States and countries such as Israel, Uganda, the Netherlands, and Honduras.
The author has set up an email account to receive prodigal stories from readers for possible inclusion in future editions of Prodigals: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Ross Taylor is a home builder in Northeastern Oklahoma and president of 1256Movement.org. Taylor is author of several books, including a coauthored work with Randy Harris titled Living Jesus. He and his wife, Jill, have three adult children and a dachshund named Hershey.
- “Greg’s book is a vulnerable and thoughtful exploration of each sentence in the story of the prodigal. This book will remind you that the parable is your story too.
- Greg Taylor guides readers to meditate on every sentence in the story of the prodigal, pastorally inviting us to enter the story deeply ourselves.
- Greg walks readers through the story of the prodigal, line by line. His writing is so honest that I was invited into the same kind of honesty about my own place in Jesus’ powerful parable.”
—Sara Gaston Barton, Pepperdine University Chaplain and author of A Woman Called
“Broken heartedness and rejection, especially when dealt through misguided faith by friends or loved ones, carry a pain that is both traumatizing and spiritually confusing. However, God’s grace, as exhibited by the father who welcomed back his prodigal son, is an anthem that can shatter the years, and even decades, of deep-recessed, soul-scarring pain.
Greg Taylor’s book reminds us heart-wrenching hurt is nothing new in the world. But, what is new is our continued rediscovery go God’s grace, which, like the eternal home He has prepared for each of us, has no end.
Thank you, Greg, for the reminder that all of us are lost . . . but are capable of being found again.”
—Andy Taylor, editor, Montgomery County Chronicle
“I'm a prodigal. You're a prodigal. We're all prodigals. Greg's latest book firmly but graciously reminds us of our prodigal nature, but, unlike so many authors who have interpreted this most significant parable, Greg will help you find your way home.”
—Dr. Jack R. Shock, Distinguished Professor of Communication, Harding University
Dimensions (inches) 5.5 x 8.25
Weight (pounds) .5