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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Straight Street Books (March 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1941103790
  • ISBN-13: 978-1941103791
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A prodigal is someone who is wasteful, someone who squanders. Or he/she returns after an absence.

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.
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Only someone who's been there can understand the heartache of a parent whose son or daughter has rebelled against their teachings--worse, landed themselves in the middle of the drug and/or drinking crowds.

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.
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Andrea Merrell writes with a transparency that will encourage parents of prodigals. Whether dealing with an openly rebellious child or one simply struggling with peer pressures, parents will relate to her story. And when at the end of their own resources, they will find comfort in her thirty days of Scripture-based prayers--prayers that claim God's promises for their children. PRAYING FOR THE PRODIGAL is a life line for hurting parents.
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There's no greater heartache than seeing a child turn away from family and biblical values as he or she heads down the foggy path to who knows where? Christian author Andrea shares her gripping story and a bucket load of hope for those walking through this. In this concise, easy-to-read book not only does Merrell writes her honest, no-holds-barred struggles with both children. A wonderful addition to her story is a survival checklist and 30 days of prayers. Merrell is a true friend for hurting parents -Carol Grace Stratton, author, Lake Surrender.
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A big thank-you to Andrea for her transparency about a difficult topic. My favorite part of the book is the collection of thirty-one prayers to use. I'm using one a day for my kids. Whether you have a prodigal or not, this is a book you should read if you're a parent of teens or young adults.
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Andrea Merrel has done a superb job sharing her journey from heartbreak to triumph when both her son and daughter turned away from all they'd been taught in their dedicated Christian home. Yes, I said Christian home. There are important principles she outlines that every parent or grandparent would do well to grasp. Whether you are dealing with a prodigal right now (of any age) or in the process of raising children or grandchildren you need to have this book on your shelf and in your heart. It's a quick, life-changing read for all parents or grand parents. One of the most powerful principles she stresses is praying and confessing the Word of God over your children or grandchildren daily and she gives you 30 days of these prayers. Her son and daughter are both now restored and living productive lives.
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What a wonderful, inspirational and helpful book Mrs. Merrell has written. Reading about not one, but two prodigal children formerly involved in drugs and alcohol and hanging with the wrong crowds, my heart broke for Andrea and her husband each time I read of an accident or other painful situation their children were involved in. Her honesty is so refreshing, as she freely admits the revelations of imperfect parenting skills we as parents are all guilty of.

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.
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