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Praying for the Prodigal: Encouragement and Practical Advice While Waiting for the Prodigal to Return Paperback – March 25, 2015
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About the Author
Andrea Merrell is Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues. Her first book, Murder of a Manuscript, is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She is the mother of two former prodigals, grandmother to five beautiful girls, and lives in South Carolina. To learn more about Andrea, visit andreamerrell.com or TheWriteEditing.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Mrs. Merrell's message is very Scriptural: never quit praying, never quit hoping, and of course, never quit loving. But while doing these things, reading this little book will be a balm and a source of peace.
Very highly recommended.
No parent is perfect, but even the best parents sometimes have offspring that land in trouble. That's what happened to Andrea and her husband Charlie. They had the ideal son and daughter--they thought. The kids attended church with them, were involved in youth activities there. The first worm turned when the boy, Jason, became a senior. He began skipping classes, rarely attended church, and even quit eating meals with the family.
Then his sister followed his lead. Andrea and Charlie battled the evil forces that held their children captive.
Do you have a prodigal in your family? I would strongly--no, emphatically!--recommend you purchase Andrea Merrell's book. What can you lose? It's only $1.99.
What filled me with hope is that she and her husband never gave up hope. On God, on themselves as parents, and especially their children. They continued to pray without fail, and I was encouraged to learn that through her prayers, God changed Mrs. Merrell first, before He began dealing with their children, one by one. How hard it must have been for them to keep on praying for years, with no evidence of a change in sight. Yet as someone who's seen God work in similar ways in my own life, this author reflects back and realizes how God used these years to strengthen her faith and trust in Him. Anyone serving in a God-given ministry has suffered and paid a heavy price to do so, and Mrs. Merrell is no exception.
I've read other books on prodigals, but this one exceeds them all. In addition to her transparency and humility in sharing such personal details of the lives of she and her family, Mrs. Merrell provides wisdom gleaned from hindsight that will help anyone dealing with a prodigal today. Better yet, she offers sound advice for parents of young children on the importance of knowing their teachers and friends, and especially in this day and age, the importance of talking to their children about the landmines ahead of them as they grow older. Landmines such as peer pressure, bullying, drugs and alcohol, sex outside of marriage, pornography, etc.
The book alone is worth reading for the advice she offers based on hard experiences, but in addition she provides parents with a 30-day prayer guide to help get them praying God's Word over their children's lives, blank pages for readers to write out their own prayers to God. And how wonderful it was to learn her prodigals are back home, so to speak. Both son and daughter are happily married and serving God, parents themselves and raising their children in church, just as Andrea and Charlie Merrell did. The Bible tells us if we "train up a child in the way he [she] should go, they will not depart from it [forever]."
One final blessing from reading this book is hearing from the former prodigal son and daughter themselves, freely offering advice to parents of children of any age, on what they can do and say that may keep their children from turning their backs on God and family and head for a life of pain and heartache.
Well-done, well-done, well-done, Andrea.
by Mary Kaarto