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Thompson (Dear God, They Say It's Cancer) offers Christian mothers practical help and ample—even overwhelming—resources for praying for their prodigal daughters according to biblical principles. Thompson, whose own past included years as a prodigal who ran from God, rededicated her life to Christ only to discover that her poor example had confused and influenced her daughter, Kim, to follow in her footsteps. The author writes candidly, in topical format, instructing and encouraging mothers to pray fervently for their daughters no matter how dire the circumstance, how long the wait or how resistant their children have become. Each of Thompson's chapters includes brief narratives authored by a praying mother followed by a daughter's autobiographical essay. Many of Thompson's own heartfelt entries are drawn from her personal diary. Readers will find Thompson's book clearly laid out and simple to digest. Particularly helpful are suggestions for both praying scripture (as found in the appendix) and in the practical application found in the family and support group discussion questions. Thompson's heart for drawing prodigal daughters back to the fold is clear; however, some readers might feel weighed down by the overabundance of ideas to implement into their prayer lives. (Feb.)
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"How I wish Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter was available when my journey as a prodigal's mom began! What a wealth of encouragement, reality checks, and practical help for hurting parents. Janet's transparency brings hope in what often feels like a hopeless situation." -- Chris Adams, Women's Enrichment and Ministers' Wives Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources

"Janet Thompson has produced a dynamic prayer resource coupled with practical everyday suggestions for managing your hurts, doubts, and emotions while you wait for your prodigal daughter to return. Thank you, Janet, for baring your heart and bringing wise counsel to families." -- Debbie Taylor Williams, speaker and author of Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion

"Finally, a book I can recommend to parents of prodigal daughters! This message of hope and encouragement is for every parent who has experienced the pain of a wayward child. Thank you, Janet, for your honesty in sharing your own firsthand experience, as well as the experiences of others. Get several copies because you will want to pass this book around!" -- Vicki Courtney, national speaker and bestselling author of Your Girl: Raising a Godly Daughter in an Ungodly World
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416551867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416551867
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have a wonderful husband and four married children who have blessed us currently with eleven beautiful grandchildren. I say currently, because we are a fast growing family. I founded the Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry at Saddleback Church in 1996 and train other churches to start mentoring ministries. I wrote resources to help churches start mentoring ministries in their church: Woman to Woman Mentoring How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Mentoring Ministry (LifeWay.

The seven studies in the Face-to-Face Bible study series are written to do on your own, two friends or mentor and mentee to do together, or as group study. Each study has a Leader's Guide.

The Team That Jesus Built is a practical, how-to book for building a women's ministry team or to enhancing a current team.

My writing, speaking, and editing ministry is About His Work Ministries.

I have had two recurrences since my first breast cancer diagnosis in 2002 when I had the opportunity to write the book I longed to have, Dear God, They Say It's Cancer: A Companion Guide for Women on the Breast Cancer Journey (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster).

There are now two more Dear God, books: Dear God, Why Can't I Have a Baby? and Dear God, He's Home! A Woman's Guide to Her Stay-at-Home Man (New Hope Publishers, March 2013.

After living in Southern California my entire life, we moved to the mountains of Idaho and love the slower pace! But the Lord continues to keep me About His Work!

Customer Reviews

Thank you Janet for writing a book I could not put down.
P. Evans
In her book, there are stories by many different women who have lived through that heartbreak and are able to offer the benefit of their experiences to help others.
FaithfulReader.com
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has or knows a prodigal of any age or gender.
Fran Sandin

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne H. Ortega on April 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book isn't just for parents of prodigal daughters. Those who have prodigal sons or relatives will also benefit from reading this book. The subtitle is Hope, Help & Encouragement for Hurting Parents, and Thompson delivers all three with power and a positive attitude. Every chapter opens with a personalization of Scripture and a quotation that make the reader want to keep reading. "A Praying Mother Shares" comes next. Any adult who has ever prayed for a prodigal will immediately identify with that mother's heartache and determination not to give up. Although I must admit, I had until I read this book. Then Thompson's daughter or another prodigal daughter shares part of her story. Sometimes I laughed, but other times I cried. "The Praying" section goes with the chapter titles of praying daily, Biblically, etc. Sometimes we get caught up in the circumstances and need reminders and further instruction about how to pray. Solid tips abound in the "Parent to Parent" section. I wanted to cut them out and place them on my refrigerator but didn't want to ruin my book. Excerpts from the author's "Prayer Journal" strategically come before the section, "Let's Pray Together." Janet's transparency and humility make it easy for the reader to receive hope, help, and encouragement. Janet has added questions for "Family and Support Group Discussion." How wonderful for prayer groups, Sunday school classes, or counseling groups. The last section of each chapter is "Your Prayer Journal." I looked forward to writing my own prayers for my family. The appendix has a place for a photograph of your prodigal before the 40 days of praying Scripture for her. The blank "Prayer and Praise Journal" has blanks for the reader to write prayer requests and a praise. I highly recommend this book for parents and other relatives. This book needs to be in every church library, Christian counseling center, and in the hands of every pastor and chaplain.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kathi Macias on February 4, 2008
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Janet Thompson has expertly pulled together a poignant but practical book that delivers what its subtitle promises: Hope, Help & Encouragement for Hurting Parents. Filled with real-life examples (the author's and others'), Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter includes prayer helps and suggestions, journaling incentives, and questions or family and support group discussion. Whether your praying for a prodigal daughter--or you're the daughter being prayed for--this is the book that walk you through to victory.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Evans on March 24, 2008
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Janet Thompson is a gifted writer. Being open and vulnerable, she honestly shares about being both a prodigal daughter herself and the mother of her own prodigal daughter. Included are stories from other parents of prodigal daughters which Janet offers her wisdom and experience. The end result is the feeling that we are not alone, and that through prayer and God's love and faithfulness, there is hope, and victory when our prodigal daughters return better than when they left. Every parent should read this book, because I believe there's a little prodigal in all of us.Thank you Janet for writing a book I could not put down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Poinsett on March 12, 2008
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When I was researching for a book manuscript on the stages of a woman's life, I thought, Someone should write a book on prodigal daughters. As I studied those years when young women are becoming independent of their parents, I said to myself, it is not always sons who go into a far country. Well, now I am happy to say that Janet Thompson has written that book! And what a book! She has provident an abundance of help and encouragement to parents who long for their prodigals to come home.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Tallas on April 16, 2010
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This book has inspired me tremendously in a walk that sometimes seems more than I can bear. I ordered this book when I had reached a point that felt as if my prayers would never be answered. I read the first chapter within minutes of receiving the book so that I could get through the rest of that day. My hope is renewed that regardless of my daughter's ultimate decision, that God identifies with my pain, He wants to heal my heart and He will take care of me no matter how things turn out. I have prayed many of the referenced prayers/journal entries, not only for the sake of my daughter, but also for mine. Thank you, Janet for having written this book, even if it were only for me. Any person facing an estranged relationship with their daughter will be encouraged as they read the loving words written in this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on July 14, 2008
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Janet Thompson is an author and a speaker on topics of importance to Christian women. She has founded several ministries at her home church, Saddleback Church, where Rick Warren is the Pastor. Saddleback Church has produced many ministries under the leadership of Warren, and countless thousands have benefited from its practical, biblical teaching.

Thompson defines a prodigal daughter as "...those daughters who are killing themselves with their destructive choices, have run away from home, or remain missing. I could never describe every scenario each of you, as a parent of a prodigal daughter, has experienced. But one definition of a prodigal we all can agree on is that a prodigal is a daughter who is breaking the hearts of her parents...and of God." In her book, there are stories by many different women who have lived through that heartbreak and are able to offer the benefit of their experiences to help others. Also included are comments from the daughters, revealing what they were thinking and feeling during and after their rebellion.

The story of the prodigal son is familiar to most people. The account in the Book of Luke is not specific about the length of time that the son was away, but it always seemed to me that he hit bottom quite quickly. He then returned to his patiently waiting father and found redemption. Anyone who has experienced a prodigal son or daughter would love to have such a quick resolution. Unfortunately, life usually demands years of patience and prayer with often less than the desired outcomes. In PRAYING FOR YOUR PRODIGAL DAUGHTER, Thompson gently guides the reader to follow the path she used to regain and restore her own child.

Section One consists of practical and spiritual advice on how to pray specifically and biblically.
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