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.