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Engaging Today's Prodigal - BCC 1/27/12
(Headline) Change the Dance
Adult children who make poor life choices have been around since the garden of Eden. How do parents combat the fear, the guilt, and the shame caused when a son or daughter steps away from the plan God created for them? Their pain is fresh, real, and often . . . raw. So many families need ideas on what to do differently . . . what to do now that might change the cycle of angry words, bitter pronouncements, resentment, rejection, and regret that has played itself out yet again. But they need more than mere platitudes or "happy talk."
They need real, practical hope.
With wisdom and humor, former prodigal Carol Barnier takes you through lessons that she has learned firsthand. She discusses the myths you might be buying into, looks at a list of dos and don'ts that will serve to positively change the unproductive relationship patterns you may have fallen into, and offers some resources and helps, including what the church can do to assist rather than keep the issue hidden in the shadows.
Too many people need a better understanding of prodigals and ideas to develop and maintain a connection with them. A connection that will, perhaps one day, be a bridge home. Take specific actions that make a difference, overcome the shame, hurt, and loss and bring real hope for the future! This book may be the first step to "change the dance" between you and the prodigal you love.
"Carol's analysis is insightful, her grasp of reality is true, her suggestions are so practical. The book is filled with love and truth, with help and hope and humor, and with the grace that makes redemption and restoration possible." - Judy Douglass, author, speaker
Campus Crusade for Christ
Founder, Prayer for Prodigals
Carol Barnier is a humorist and speaker, frequent radio guest and author, pastor's kid, Christian and . . . former atheist. These days she admits she takes her God, her faith and her theology very seriously, but herself? Not so much. To every task she brings along her slightly irreverent humor. But in her latest project - bringing tools and hope to the parents of prodigals - Carol rolls up her sleeves and shares ideas and stories from the heart and from her own journey. She lives in Connecticut with her husband of 25 years and her three kids.
A really informative and thought provoking book by a former prodigal and looking from a point of view usually unknown to the outside-looking-in.Published 2 months ago by Denese Ogles
I read this book because I was curious about the author - but found much in it that related to me - my experiences and thinking patterns - even though I am more closely related to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julie Streit
Excellent resource for parents of prodigals. It has many hands on suggestions on thing you can do and not doPublished 6 months ago by William L. Swenson
Very timely, great information for those struggling with a prodigal and those without. I encourage parents to read this BEFORE you are in this situation and churches to read this... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Carol brings a wealth of knowledge to this book. After reading the first chapter I was so encouraged. I am so glad that she followed God's leading and wrote this book.Published 7 months ago by A. Buchheit
Carol Barnier provides soul encouragement and daily practical help for anyone who is engaging with prodigals or one day might -- read that as every Christian. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Wilund
The first half of this little book is about the myths of parenting - I found this just as helpful as the second half of the book, Dos and Dont's. Read morePublished 9 months ago by awlivoti
I really enjoyed the book and found interesting perspective from a former prodigal. It gave me hope. It pointed out things that I could do to respond better in this situation.Published 9 months ago by Lynette Craner