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Publication Date: 2016
What do you do when someone you love leaves? And how do you pursue someone who has hurt you, who has sinned against you? In Letting Go, pastors Dave Harvey and Paul Gilbert share stories of pain and stories of hope as they reveal how to care for the prodigal who has strayed. Whether you are dealing with an unfaithful marriage partner, a rebellious child, or a wayward friend, the counsel they offer will help you to pursue a gospel-rooted approach, grounded in truth and practiced in the midst of Christian community.
While each situation is unique, most stories deal with common themes of shame, guilt, confusion, uncertainty, and struggle. You will understand the spiritual dynamics at work in the heart of the prodigal and how you as a family member, spouse, friend, or church leader can best relate to them in love. You will learn how to practice "redemptive release" through confrontation and discipline as well as how to forgive the person who has hurt you through a process of reconciliation. For those in a time of waiting and wondering if their loved one will ever return home, there is a reminder of the hope of the gospel and the necessity of depending upon the Holy Spirit through prayer.
A must-have resource for every believer struggling to love the prodigal back home again, it is ideal for parents and siblings, counselors, pastors, and those ministering to hurting families and churches.
Dave Harvey serves as the Pastor of Preaching at Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee, Florida and is the bestselling author of When Sinners Say "I Do." A pastor for over 25 years, Dave has been involved in church care, church planting, and international ministry. He also serves as the board chairman of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation and the Sojourn Church Planting Network and lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, Kimm.
Paul Gilbert is the Lead Pastor of Four Oaks Community Church. Paul received has an MDiv and an MA from Reformed Theological Seminary in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family from Florida State University. He has studied extensively on the subject of forgiveness and family systems. Paul currently serves on the board of Am I Called Ministries and lives in Tallahassee, FL with his wife, Susan, and their four children.
ZiggySomers, NYAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5I was looking for moreNovember 6, 2016ZiggySomers, NYAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I received this book yesterday and finished it today. Since I am in year three of dealing with a prodigal, I am learning that what I am doing is mostly correct but I had hoped it would expand upon my knowledge but I can't say it did. That may not be the book's fault, just that I am somewhat down the road with this experience. Prodigals are like beings from another planet. They will not listen, they are rebellious, they don't think about consequences and they run full steam ahead into disaster. It is like they are in a full blown toddler melt down. I would liken their mindset as one that is held in a stronghold. It is very, very hard to be grace filled toward them when they see you as the enemy. At some point you run out of energy and ideas. The basic message of the book is you may have to let go of them but realize that God is there for you and for them and they need to hit bottom before they can realize what they have got themselves into. It is an angst filled time of your life and this book will give you some ideas on how to cope and when to turn them loose. God bless all of you who are dealing with this now!!
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