This is a powerful retelling of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The storyline is believable and flows very well throughout the book. The characters are written well, and their weaknesses are shown along with their strengths. When they hit rock bottom, they learn about themselves and prove they can change with a lot of hard work. Manning is an amazing writer and is not shy about showing her characters’ flaws and foibles.
Jack Chisholm has it all: He’s the lead pastor at a large church, he’s financially stable, he’s a bestselling author and he has a devoted wife and daughter. But, in the blink of an eye, he loses it all with one bad decision. When his estranged father tracks him down and invites him to come home, Jack has no choice but to go. Jack must find a way to clean up his life and ask for forgiveness from those he hurt, not only from his loved ones but also from his heavenly father. (ZONDERVAN, Nov., 320 pp., $15.99)