The Good Journey
Based on the New Testament parables, “The Prodigal Son” and “The Good Samaritan,” this is the story of two estranged brothers sent on a cross-country journey by their father in the hope that they can find common ground while offering gratitude and forgiveness to others.
The Good Journey starts where the parable of the prodigal son ends. In the parable, one brother lives irresponsibly in a far-off city while the other brother stays home and does everything right. When the prodigal son returns, he finds his father’s acceptance and love regardless of his past, much to his brother’s disbelief. There the parable ends, leaving the reader to wonder if the brothers ever learned to forgive and love each other again.
Enter George and Allen: two brothers who don’t understand each other. When their parents pass, Allen, the black sheep, comes looking for money. George harbors anger towards Allen for his lifestyle that constantly made their parents worry, but Allen just doesn’t seem to care. Their father’s will held a surprise for them both—a sizable sum of money and a plan to get the brothers to reconcile their relationship. In order to receive their inheritance, the two brothers must embark upon a cross-country road trip thanking those who helped his parents long ago. They have a lot of time to think and talk. Allen begins to change when he realizes that the Bible holds stories that are relevant to his life. He finds peace and a new sense of self-worth.
The Good Journey reveals the Bible as something relevant to modern life and full of life-changing power—regardless of it being written thousands of years ago. The relatable stories found within the Bible bring Allen to find peace in Christ while George finds grace to forgive his brother.
Dove.org awards The Good Journey approval for all ages.
The Dove Take
The Good Journey is a feel-good modern take on the parable of the prodigal son with strong themes of forgiveness and redemption.