Engaging Today’s Prodigal
Clear Thinking, New Approaches, and Reasons for Hope
Many families today experience the profound guilt and shame filled pain of seeing a child walk away from their faith and values. Churches and parents feel powerless to change the relationship and engage the prodigal in positive ways. Carol Barnier has the insight to help in Engaging Today’s Prodigal. She left the faith of her pastor father, became an active atheist, debated Christians, and explored a variety of worldviews before she found the truth in a relationship with Jesus.
But far more than her personal story, Engaging Today’s Prodigal equips readers with a better understanding of a prodigal’s motivation, useful responses that won’t prevent reconciliation, clear boundaries to protect themselves and other children, actions to take when you know you have contributed to the problem, and the value of realistic expectations. With effective wit and humor, Carol provides material relevant for churches, parents and even the prodigals themselves.
Can your family or church interact with a prodigal in ways that build a relationship bridge that can provide a way back home when they are ready? Let Engaging Today’s Prodigal equip you with clear, specific actions that can overcome the shame, hurt, and loss to bring real hope for the future.
Adult children who make poor life choices
This has been a reality 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.
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 and Founder of the ministry Prayer for Prodigals
About the Author
- Stepping Off that Coattail Faith
- Why Do We Believe That?
- What a Nice Story
- Watch Out for the Ewww Effect
- A Better Look at Mom and Dad
- Whatever Happened to Sin?
- Dismantling the Club
- What Some Other Prodigals Have to Say