If you are in ministry and your child has strayed from your faith, you may feel that you are alone. You are not. Judi Braddy, a licensed minister and pastor's wife, knows firsthand the pain of watching a beloved child walk away from God. Though the final outcome of her personal story is still unknown, she uses her story and the painful and poignant reflections of others to illustrate how they have navigated life with a prodigal. Braddy addresses issues such as: can you minister effectively when your own family is in disarray?; how do you deal with the grief?; remember that your child is not the enemy; whose fault is this anyway? With encouragement, hope, and a hint of humor, the author shares practical perspectives on how the challenges of having a prodigal child affects ministry as well as they ways your life, family, and ministry can be enriched if you stay the course and apply the lessons.
Parenting is seldom easy. Rebellion may invade the home, forcing parents to recognize and cope with it. But how do parents maintain their peace of mind when rebellion turns into a rejection of faith, especially when the rejection is in the home of a minister?Judi Braddy is an ordained minister and pastor’s wife who understands this question and knows firsthand the pain and suffering of watching a beloved child walk away from God. Prodigal in the Parsonage offers parents, especially those in ministry, an insider’s perspective and time-tested encouragement for struggling with the daily trials that come when their child rejects faith.Braddy addresses topics such as whether or not you can be an effective minister if your own family is in disarray, dealing with the stages of grief as your child slips further from the faith, and remembering that the child is not the enemy. Prodigal in the Parsonage offers the insight and encouragement parents need to endure the grief and anxiety of parenting a prodigal.
Judi Braddy is an auther, motivational speaker, and credentialed minister. She is a frequent contributor to numerous publications and has written other books including, Prodigal In The Parsonage: Encouragement for Ministry Leaders Whose Child Rejects Faith, It All Comes Out in the Wash, True North, Camp Gramma. Judi and her husband live in Elk Grove, California, where he serves as a denominational executive. For more information about her writing and speaking, visit www.judibraddy.com.
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