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Engaging Today's Prodigal: Clear Thinking, New Approaches, and Reasons for Hope Paperback – April 1, 2012
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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.
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Every member of every church should read this book and follow its helpful guidance. The way back to a life devoted to following Christ is a work of the Holy Spirit, not man, but we can be a reflection of Christ as His Spirit alone draws them.
If our churches followed the encouragement in this book from birth to grave, we'd likely have less Prodigals to begin with.
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.
If you have prodigals you must read this.
Don't let "the church" get you down.
They will drive you crazy and they don't know what they are talking about.
Listen to people who are or have experienced what it is like to have or be a prodigal.