Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —

-Emily Dickinson

I will open my mouth to speak in parables; 
I will proclaim what has been hidden
from the foundation of the world.

-Psalm 78:2; Matthew 13:35

Jesus, over and over again, told stories- stories about friends and widows and table manners, lost coins and lost kids, stories about sinners and saints, businessmen and farmers and corrupt judges and fertilizer. We’ve come to call Jesus’ punchy mini-stories parables: short stories crammed full with meaning, anecdotes that surprise us, sneak up on us, and work God’s good news into our actual lives.  So, whether you’re only beginning to investigate Christian faith, or you’re a seasoned Christian, join us as we listen to Jesus tell us the truth- about God, himself, and ourselves- but tell it slant.

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A Parables Prayerbook- to help you engage the parables of Jesus deeply, we created this e-prayerbook to help you read, meditate, pray, and live the words of Jesus.  This prayerbook will help you work your way comprehensively through all the parables of Jesus in the Gospels.

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Kingdom, Grace, Judgment - Robert Farrar Capon
Robert Farrar Capon- pastor, scholar, writer, and gourmet chef- offers an exploration of Jesus’ parables that is at once comprehensive and lively, studious and thorough and conversational.  An excellent companion for you if you’re looking to do a thorough study of Jesus’ stories.

Tell It Slant - Eugene Peterson
This book by acclaimed pastor, biblical scholar, and writer Eugene Peterson is a wise conversation on the language of Jesus, both in his stories (the parables), and in his prayers.  

The Return of the Prodigal Son- Henri Nouwen
Henri Nouwen authors a tender, profound spiritual reflection on his journey with Jesus’ parable of the prodigals and Rembrandt van Rijn’s famous depiction of it.

The Prodigal God- Tim Keller
In this concise but incisive little book, Tim Keller explores the parable of the prodigal sons, unfolding how it pictures the heart of the Christian story and the heart of the prodigal God.