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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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Merrell’s book shares with transparency about her son and daughter as teenagers wandering down the wrong path of life. They turned away from parental values and biblical teaching.
Are you “searching for ways to equip your smaller children” to face future temptations, or hurting because someone you love has stepped away from God’s love and grace, going their own way? This book will offer clarity for what you’re experiencing. It will also guide you toward a plan to recover your lost one—son, daughter, grandchild, or friend.
Merrell cried out to the Lord for help to understand, to know the next step and what to say. Through the pressures of their kids withdrawing from family, abusing home privileges, losing jobs, drinking alcohol, car accidents, taking drugs, and a near-death experience, it broke Mom and Dad’s hearts. Merrell and her husband Charlie looked to God’s word and prayer.
Merrell says those close to the prodigal need not assign blame for a prodigal’s behavior. She also records the parent’s checklist for survival through the hard times.
She offers wisdom and concrete guidance through keys toward peace and restoration for your family.
If you don’t feel able to pray adequately, Merrell includes scriptures and powerful prayers for thirty days. Take the challenge to allow God to work in your family.
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.Read more ›
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This book contains much encouragement for the discouraged parent. Hope is there for all and this book gives the answer and helps you know you are not alone in the struggle as a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Like a glass of cold water, this was a great encouragement to a mother desperately seeking God's intervention in my adult children's life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by tmktm
I could feel Mrs. Merrell's angst and concern for her children as I read. It was a great encouragement for me to read her prayers and verses as she brought her children before the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The experiences from the author and her prodigal were very encouraging. This book gives a prayer strategy that anyone could affectively use in praying for their prodigal.Published 4 months ago by Linda Livengood
Great encouragement for any parent struggling with children with addiction issues.Published 4 months ago by Linda
Andrea's personal experience with two rebellious kids and their return offers hope for the rest of us. Even if your kids aren't breaking the law, this is sage advice. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lynetta Smith
As a Christian wife who has acquired four adult step-children, several of whom are prodigals, I deeply need continued spiritual perseverance and mighty wisdom! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elizabeth Brickman, Author, THIN & BLESSED
Andrea and Charlie Merrell had the family they’d dreamed of—a precious son and his adoring little sister. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rachel E. Newman
When I learned that our daughter and son-in-law no longer identify as believers, I was crushed and looked for anything I could get my hands on to help me navigate this uncharted... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Yankee Woman