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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
Lamentations of The Prodigal Son: UnControlled Pen Poetry by Darrick Williams is a collection of parables inspired by the biblical story of the return of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). As the guests feast with him on his return home after being away for three years and squandering his inheritance, the prodigal son recounts a series of moral lessons he learned from wise people he encountered as he traveled through various lands. He tells them that these parables are “a guide for your today and a forewarning to your tomorrow.” A cousin named Cornelius Anitaus who is identified as a Writer of Words takes the parables down so they won’t be lost. The parables touch on moral and religious topics such as repentance, Christianity, spirituality, the battle between love and hate, happiness, greed, patience, faith, envy, and so forth.
In Lamentations of The Prodigal Son, Williams offers an engaging collection of short inspirational stories that provide the reader with a lot of food for thought. I really enjoyed reading them. Several include unexpected endings and psychological plot twists typically associated with more modern tales yet are consistent with the biblical setting. The narrative is presented in a poetic style that conveys the impression that these are writings of an ancient origin. The parables vary in length and are unrelated to each other in topic which makes them easy to read in short sittings and useful for a group discussion as well. Anyone who enjoys wisdom writings and stories with a moral message will find this an interesting read.