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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802405576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802405579
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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, whether tackling the issues of being very ADHD, the discomfort at being asked to be the older woman in a Titus program (after all, Titus rhymes with phlebitis--proceed with caution), or how to love today's "woman at the well." 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. In every talk, every article, every interview and every book, it is her objective to not only inspire people, but to give them something they can take home and use immediately. She lives in Connecticut with her husband of 25 years and her three kids.

More About the Author

Where is she from?
Carol Barnier was born in Germany into an American military family. While she lived all over the place (from Alabama to Alaska),her family nonetheless regularly reconnected with Ohio (Go Killbuck!) and it is clearly the place of her roots. She currently lives in Connecticut with her husband and 3 kids.

What's her writing like?
She consistenly attempts to have a brave mix of Erma Bombeck crossed with a bit of C.S. Lewis, but readily admits to typically only achieving a solid Lucy Ricardo with a bit of Bob the Tomato. Because of this, you'll see her writing about topics that are sometimes quite serious (life as an atheist coming to faith), other times more utilitarian (teaching the ADHD child without ever using duct tape), and occasionally humorous (Fashion Advice for the Short & Stumpy) but always with an easy accessibility and warmth.

What's on her business card?
Delightful Speaker, Entertaining Author, Adequate Wife, Pitiful Housekeeper.
www.CarolBarnier.com
www.SizzleBop.com--Website for parents homeschooling highly distractible kids.
www.SizzleBopblog.wordpress.com--blog where best of Sizzle Bop articles to members are archived
www.carolbarnier.wordpress.com--Church Humor Blog

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I got and read the entire book today.
J. Hahn
The ideas Carol shares in her book can be powerful for parents of teen or adult children.
Kathryn E. Miller
This is by far the most encouraging, practical book I have read on the subject.
Sue S.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Hahn on March 26, 2012
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This book is PERFECT!!!

Carols insights and practical steps have been a huge blessing to me. I got and read the entire book today. I was dying for wisdom and driving my son (and my husband crazy).
It's not my fault. He has a free will (yes, I will be asking God about that too when I get to heaven). My son already knows where I stand on moral/ethical/spiritual issues. So NO nagging in my future.

I loved the word pictures the author paints. I highlighted too much, I'm sure and will be rereading the book in a day or two. I need time to process and pray over what I've learned.

This book will help you with your relationship with your prodigal regardless of how or why they got there. Not a stuffy out of date text at all. Very relevant to today's prodigals. I'm going to pass this title on to our church's youth dept. and let them know to tell parents about it. Awesome stuff!!

As much as I want to share my story of my prodigal, I want to honor him more, so I won't go there. But I will say that after having read this book, I can breathe again. If you have a prodigal, you will know what I'm talking about.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Geni J. White on April 1, 2012
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Barnier writes from personal experience as someone who left the faith her parents taught her, then returned twelve years later. She shares why and how she rejected Christianity and what helped her reconsider and finally realize Jesus was who she really wanted. What caused her to become an atheist is an important warning to today's parents and leaders. She had honest questions that no one would answer, not realizing she was searching for truth.

Her story and comments will give hurting parents good advice on what to do and not do in relating to their prodigal. She offers strong hope that their wandering child, even when an independent adult, may be redeemed some day.

Many parents have wayward children for whom they pray regularly. This book will help them know they're not alone and that their offspring can be restored to the wonderful life as a valuable child of God. The God who created every child never stops loving prodigals.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By April E. VINE VOICE on May 24, 2012
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I have loved Carol Barnier's homeschooling books for years. I've been blessed by her workshops at homeschool conferences. I've been encouraged by her magazine articles. I have recommended her to anyone struggling with teaching distractible or active children. I have learned so much from her over the past ten years. This book is no exception.

Engaging Today's Prodigal blessed me, encouraged me, and educated me. I'll be perfectly honest and admit that I don't have a prodigal child at the moment. But becoming the mother of 3 teens has shown me that there is no guarantee I won't have a prodigal child at some point. Homeschooling was not the magic pill to remove all teenage angst or teen-parent friction, and there isn't a magic pill that turns out perfect little Christians either.

In fact, that is one of the myths of parenting and prodigals that Carol debunks in the first portion of her book. There is no secret potion or formula for turning out perfect children -- each child has to make their own decisions regarding faith and the direction of their lives, and sometimes they completely reject the beliefs of their parents, no matter how well they were raised. That is only one of the myths she discusses, but it is one of the most prevalent myths facing Christian families, especially homeschooling families.

In the second portion of the book, Carol discusses the dos and don'ts of communicating with our prodigal children. However, I believe these same dos and don'ts apply in relating to our older teens, as well. I've had my share of arguments with my daughters as they test out boundaries, question our beliefs, and slowly try to figure out their own belief system.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frosty the Snow Man on February 13, 2013
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Having raised my daughter to know the Lord and thinking she made her decision later to find out that she had decided to denounce her salvation, began to look for answers. As a pastor it is difficult to understand how one of your own could make that choice after leaving home. This book has helped me put it back it the proper perspective. This has been a very helpful book for me and my wife.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. retersdorf on August 5, 2012
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This book makes sense and answers some of the 'whys'. Gives some solid suggestions on how to interact with your prodigal. Prayer always helps too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda S on August 19, 2013
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Carol Barnier has written a most informative and readable book. I picked it up one afternoon and finished it that evening. It was a quick read but also a "meaty" read. Her book addresses the issue of why some leave the faith in which they were reared and she makes it clear that it is the prodigal's choice. She helps to allay much of the false guilt that many parents of prodigals carry with them-- often for years. And, she offers real insight into appropriate ways that a person concerned about prodigals can relate to those who are outside the fold, so to speak. She offers real hope for those whose children, spouses, and friends have chosen to walk away-- at least for a time. I highly recommend this book! It is engaging, informative, and positive.
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