About the Book

There are a few questions that lie just below the surface for many Christians.

  • Does God really love me despite my failures?
  • Can God use me for good in this world despite all my sin and shortcomings?
  • Do my doubts and questions about faith make God think less of me?
  • Do I have a future in the family of God despite my past?

In the biblical story of the Prodigal Son, Jesus answers all those questions that lurk in the heart of so many believers. In The Long Walk Home, author and pastor Matt Carter takes a fresh look at this age-old story and helps the reader discover and experience, once again, the radical, never-ending love of God for His sons and daughters.

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Bible Study

The Prodigal Son

Coming soon for adults and students - December 2019. 8-session DVD teaching by Matt Carter with Bible study book.

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Matt Carter

Serves as the Pastor of Preaching and Vision at the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, which has grown from a core team of 15 to over 8,000 attending each Sunday since he planted it in 2002. Matt has co-authored multiple books including a commentary on the Gospel of John in The Christ Centered Exposition Commentary series. Matt also co-authored a novel of historical fiction, Steal Away Home which tells the real life story of famed pastor Charles Spurgeon’s unlikely friendship with former slave-turned-missionary, Thomas Johnson. Matt holds an M.Div. from Southwestern Seminary and a Doctorate in Expositional Preaching from Southeastern Seminary. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for over 20 years, and they have three children, John Daniel, Annie, and Samuel.

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