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  • ISBN: 978-0875523842
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Page Count: 182
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing

Come Back, Barbara (C. John Miller, with Barbara Miller Juliani)

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“I am not ignorant of human depravity”, writes professor Miller of Westminster Theological Seminary, “but I had long denied that it could exist in our family.” A chronicle of this family’s journey from grief and conflict to joyful Christian reconciliation. For years, this has been a valuable tool for families dealing with the grief of a rebellious child.

“Mom, Dad, I don’t want your rules and morals! I don’t want to act like a Christian anymore, and I’m not going to!”, Barbara declared at age 18. In this moving story, John Miller and his daughter Barbara tell the agonizing story of her determination to live without God; they only share enough details to let the reader see the stubborn emptiness in her soul, without any focus on details of her rebellion. Rather, the central focus is on how John Miller loved and accepted a daughter who rejected everything he had given his life to, and how God used that love to draw Barbara to His perfect love.

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Come Back, Barbara

“I am not ignorant of human depravity”, writes professor Miller of Westminster Theological Seminary, “but I had long denied that it could exist in our family.” A chronicle of this family’s journey from grief and conflict to joyful Christian reconciliation. For years, this has been a valuable tool for families dealing with the grief of a rebellious child.

“Mom, Dad, I don’t want your rules and morals! I don’t want to act like a Christian anymore, and I’m not going to!”, Barbara declared at age 18. In this moving story, John Miller and his daughter Barbara tell the agonizing story of her determination to live without God; they only share enough details to let the reader see the stubborn emptiness in her soul, without any focus on details of her rebellion. Rather, the central focus is on how John Miller loved and accepted a daughter who rejected everything he had given his life to, and how God used that love to draw Barbara to His perfect love.

From the foreword by Lawrence Crabb:

“We all know that we should love our kids through thick and thin; love endures all things; don’t give up; reject the sin but not the sinner. But Christian parents who are contending with a rebellious child, particularly one in their late teens or twenties, too often replace acceptance of the child and a burden for his spiritual well-being with a pressure that the child conform so that my parental pain is relieved. The story of Barbara Miller’s resistance to God and its effect on her parents is a tale of what it means to love someone who is breaking your heart.”

There is a message here about the power of love, the high cost of being forgiving, and how lives are changed beholding these Christ-like attributes in us. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Lawrence Crabb
  • A Father’s Introduction
  • A Daughter’s Introduction
  1. “Come Back, Barbara”
  2. The Devastating Blow
  3. Endurance Through Prayer
  4. The Marriage Game
  5. Free-Fall and No Parachute
  6. Forgiveness as a Lifestyle
  7. Praying as Sons of the Father
  8. Learning to Pray with Authority
  9. West Running Brook
  10. Deepening the Bonds of Friendship
  11. The Last Battle
  12. Home at Last
  13. A Web of Glory
  14. Parents!  Turn Your Problems Into Opportunities

About the Author

C. John “Jack” Miller, PhD., founded World Harvest Mission (WHM) and the New Life Presbyterian network of churches. A pastor, seminary professor, and author, he wrote numerous books. These include Outgrowing the Ingrown Church, Powerful Evangelism for the Powerless and The Heart of the Servant Leader. He and his wife Rose Marie have five children and twenty-four grandchildren. Jack went to be with the Lord in 1996.

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