Hope for the Prodigal: Bringing the Lost, Wandering, and Rebellious Home
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It's a sobering fact---after reaching 18, more than 80 percent of kids leave the church. How can brokenhearted parents reclaim their lost children from a godless culture? Offering hope and wisdom, pastor's-kid-turned-prodigal Putman---along with his dad who won him back to Christ---shares biblical truths and practical advice in this powerful story of love, forgiveness, and restoration. 240 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801019087
ISBN-13: 9780801019081

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The statistics are sobering: between 80 and 90 percent of kids who have grown up in the church are leaving the church after age eighteen. Children slipping away into a culture that tells them the Bible isn't true, sin is no big deal, God isn't real, or there are many ways to get into heaven. Whether parents may blame themselves or the culture, the result is the same: lost souls.

But our God specializes in lost souls and the gospel is as powerful as it ever was. With wisdom that comes from personal experience, Jim Putman and his father, Bill Putman, offer brokenhearted parents and loved ones hope for their prodigals. A prodigal son himself, Jim has also found himself in the role of the prodigal's father when his own son rejected the faith. This family's powerful story of restoration, along with solid biblical truths and practical advice, will inspire, motivate, and equip readers to go after their lost sheep with acts of love and service.

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Jim Putman is the senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, one of the most influential churches in America. A pastor's-kid-turned-prodigal who was won back by his father and mother, Jim also had a prodigal of his own--his oldest son. With God's help, Jim won him back and he is now a pastor as well. A three-time all-American wrestler in college as well as a successful wrestling coach, Putman holds degrees from Boise State University and Boise Bible College. He is the author of Church Is a Team Sport and The Power of Together, as well as the widely adopted Real-Life Discipleship program.

Bill Putman
has served in ministry for more than fifty years as a pastor, a church planter, or an executive. He currently serves at Real Life Ministries as a servant leader over Team One and as part of the Legacy Team ministry. He and his wife, Bobbi, have five grown children, including Jim, and fourteen grandchildren. They live in Post Falls, Idaho.

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  1. pastor2519
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    We all have a prodigal--but there's hope
    August 10, 2017
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    Even if you dont attend church regularly youve probably heard the parable of the Prodigal Son as told in the Gospel of Luke. There have been sermons preached on it, books written about it, its been adapted, and I imagine that without much difficulty, one could find movies or plays which at least touch on the major themes of these verses. So why do we need still another book based on that same passage?

    The simple answer to that complex question is probably because most of the people I know, myself included, have a prodigal in their life. Maybe its a parent, a child, a sibling, a spouse, or a longtime friend. Maybe your prodigal is you. Those people are in our lives, and we all need help in learning to love them the best way we can. We dont want to slam the door in their face (well maybe at times we do), and we dont want to enable them in their addictive or inappropriate behaviors, and at the same time we want to help. And thats where this book may be helpful.

    Is there hope? Jim Putman with his father Bill Putman think so, and they explain why, along with a lot of helpful tips in their recently released book Hope for the Prodigal: Bringing the Lost, Wandering, and Rebellious Home (BakerBooks, 2017).

    The book is broken into three sections I: the Ideal, II: the Ordeal, and III: the New Deal. And those section headings are enough to give you the main idea of each section. We know what we should be striving for in our relationships, but sometimes stuff, often horrible stuff, happens, but there is hope for restoration.

    Although I enjoy the Parable of the Prodigals, and the book is based on the story and the main points within, I found this book slightly difficult to follow. Although there were some helps as to who was writing [ I (Jim) or I (Bill)], it was often confusing because the stories were repeatedonce in the first person, and once in the third.

    I received a copy of the book from BakerBooks in exchange for a review, I was not required to write a positive review.

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