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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing; 2 edition (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875523846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875523842
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C. John "Jack" Miller, PhD., founded World Harvest Mission (WHM) and the New Life Presbyterian network of churches. A pastor, seminary professor, and author, he wrote Outgrowing the Ingrown Church, Come Back Barbara, Powerful Evangelism for the Powerless, A Faith Worth Sharing, Repentance, and The Heart of the Servant Leader. He and his wife Rose Marie have five children and twenty-four grandchildren. Jack went to be with the Lord in 1996. WHM is a movement of people empowered by God's grace to plant churches around the world. For more information, visit whm.org.

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It's a very true and touching story.
Little Jade
This is one book that I have long wanted to read, but almost had that "Christmas morning"-type of anticipation about reading it.
Joan BL
This is an excellent book for parents raising teenagers.
Martha De Marco

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Howard Eames on June 30, 2004
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I cannot possibly recommend a book more highly for "parents in pain," i.e. parents whose children are now older and may have "bolted" from the flock (whether they are still at home or have left the "nest" as well as the faith). For parents whose children remain in the "far country" still unreconciled to their Father - the "Father of spirits) (and their earthly parents as well), this excellent foray into the life of one rebellious teen (Barbara) is very biblically oriented and therefore exceedingly helpful in learning to respond in godly ways to children who may have begun to tred some dangerous paths. There are no pat answers - C. John Miller will be the first to affirm this . . . but there are biblical directions, biblical prayer, biblical postures that parents can take toward their children who have, to one degree or another, rejected their parents faith. Miller is correct: the process of seeing our children return from the far country is an adventure. And God is just as interested in rescuing the parents (from their natural but harmful sense of and supposed need for control, among other sinful behavior patterns) as He is the wayward children. I would recommend this book to every parent who is struggling with the issue of their child resisting their godly shaping influences - even if they have not actually left with their "Father's inheritance" to squander it in riotous living
Howard Eames, Kansas City, Missouri
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Martha De Marco on July 26, 2000
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This is an excellent book for parents raising teenagers. The format of the book is such that the reader gets the story from both the parent's side and the daughter's side. This gives the reader insight into the reasoning of the daughter, as well as the viewpoint of the parent. Although the subject matter deals with a wayward child and how the parents and family dealt with the issues involved with that, the principles given in relating to children are a benefit to all parents. I recommend it to everyone, whether you have children who have rebelled against your teachings or not. The principles of interpersonal relationships dealt with in this book are useful in many circumstances. A must read!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 1999
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The father and daughter in this book openly share their journey of separation and reconcilliation after the daughter forsakes all the spiritual values her father held dear. This book is a must for parents who are struggling with how to relate to a wayward child. This is a true story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Hertz on February 28, 2011
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I highly recommend this book to parents who have teens and young adults who have turned their back on God and on their family. It has been a tough year for my wife and me and reading this book helped us reevaluate how we were handling the situation with our daughter. "Come Back Barbara" gives the fathers perspective and the daughters perspective. This book was a great encouragment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2003
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A group of my Christian friends and I are dealing with a close friend who has recently fallen away from the faith. I can't tell you how encouraging and perspective-renewing this book was for us to read, even though we aren't her parents!
Jack Miller brings everything right back to the Gospel. The lessons that he and his wife learned showed me "what love looks like." None of us could put it down. It's been a God-send!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carole Lisson on May 9, 2013
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Years ago, I joined a a bible study with complete strangers and when it came time to introduce ourselves I broke down. Between sobs, I reluctantly shared about my wayward daughter. In one way I felt ridiculous but I also knew that authentic christianity often involves transparency and this was my turn to swallow my pride and be vulnerable. On the brighter side, I had also just finished reading this book so I was able to share how it was helping me deal with my daughter's struggles in a new way and how it was giving me renewed hope. Another woman said she was having similar struggles with her granddaughter and with great pain shared the heaviness of her heart concerning her granddaughter's destructive life choices. I gave her the book after class and the next week she returned to the study thanking me over and over and over again. She shared with the group that she read the book in one night and how God miraculously used it to completely change her bitter and angry heart toward her granddaughter. The physical change in her appearance and countenance was visible. This woman ordered copies for her entire family and said it hugely impacted each of them.

Though the struggles in Barbara's life are much different than our own daughter's the principles can be applied to any child, male or female, teen or adult, who is in a "far off country" for a season. (or two;) There's nothing like learning from a parent who's been there. Thanks to both John and Barbara for sharing their story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Carr on July 1, 2011
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Happy ending to heart-wrenching problem. I would have liked to have read more hope in Christ for those whose prodigal family members did not or have not yet been reborn to a living hope.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MetuchenHomeschool on May 23, 2011
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Surprisingly, this compelling story has a wide appeal. Even though it is fairly specific in describing a parent's struggles and a young adult's searching for the truth, the very unflinching intimacy of the writing is a sheer gift to any reader - young or old, parent or not-a-parent alike. Nothing was done lightly here; the heartache as well as the working out of people's faith and relationship had an overall astonishing quality to it. Just reading it made me want to love people better with a sincere heart that is committed to God first.

I could see this being successful in a small group or reading circle setting. It would also be great discussion with a friend or family member. And here is my final endorsement: at my suggestion, my 16 year old son trotted upstairs to bed with this book in hand one night, and told me the next day that he couldn't put the book down and ended up reading to the end at 2 a.m.!
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