Robert J. Morgan in his new book "Prayers And Promises For Worried Parents" published by Howard Books gives us Hope for Your Prodigal. Help for You.
From the back cover: HOPE FOR YOUR PRODIGAL . HELP FOR YOU
Worrying about our loved ones is the worst kind of worry in the world, espeÃÂcially when it's our children for whom we're concerned. From the moment they're born, our youngsters have an unrivaled place in our hearts, and we feel an unending burden for their welfare. We do our best to provide for them and to protect them. But sometimes, like the prodigal's father in Luke 15, all we can do is entrust them to the Lord, love them, and give them time to find their way. Nothing is more difficult.
Prayers and Promises for Worried Parents offers hope for your prodigal and help for you. In more than a hundred brief readings, Robert J. Morgan offers doses of hopeÃ¢â¬âencouragements from Scripture, effective prayers, true-life stories, promises from God's Word, timely quotes, and helpful hints for coping with yourself and your child in difficult times.
God specializes in being gracious, and prodigals have a way of coming home. Don't despair over your wayward ones. The Lord hasn't given up on them. Nor on you!
Let's face it, it is tough to be a parent. And no matter how good we are our children have their own minds and some of them venture away from us and do not seem to want to come back. These children break the hearts of the parents while the parents continue to pray that God would move upon the child to restore and bring them back home. What do you do in the meantime? Robert J. Morgan has provided a devotional to help these parents. Broken into eleven sections: Praying, Trusting, Waiting, Leaning, Learning, Healing, Resting, Hoping, Striving and Singing. These 107 devotionals will help a parent grieve and provide comfort. They help a parent set their heart straight with themselves, the child and with God. Why do we need this book? We get cluttered with stress, worry, cares that draw our attention, "Prayers And Promises For Worried Parents" re-focuses our attention on God and away from those things so that we can be renewed and refreshed. It won't take you long to read this whole book through. This is one book you will be returning to over and over again.
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Among the many things that parents have to worry about is the child who has chosen the wrong path. For parents of prodigals, pain and worry is more than a 24 hour a day job. Thoughts of what they could have and should have done, worried thoughts, frantic thoughts control their minds, their conversations and their prayers. It is hard to hand them over to the Lord, but that is what they are told to do. Unless you've been there, it's difficult to understand how they feel. While some parents are dealing with the wayward child who has or is abusing drugs and alcohol, others may be dealing with a child who has walked away from their faith and travelling another dark road of sin.
Robert J. Morgan knows what it's like to care for a prodigal. After taking in a troubled man with a history of drug and alcohol abuse and watching him relapse after six months of progress, all Morgan could do was pray. As a result of his experience, he penned "Prayers and Promises For Worried Parents" as a guide for parents who are traveling the same journey to encourage them along the way and a guide to help them pray. Not only does Morgan teach parents how to pray, he also offers hope to those who have become discouraged.
This prayer and devotional guide is also an excellent resource for all parents not just those dealing with prodigal and wayward children. Morgan's stories will move you. He also includes promises from God's Word, quotes from wise Christians, encouragement and hints about coping in difficult times. If you know a parent who is discouraged about their prodigal child, Morgan's book would make an excellent gift of encouragement.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Rob Morgan is the pastor of the Donelson Fellowship church in Nashville, Tennessee, which he has served for more than thirty years. Author of The Lord is my Shepherd, The Red Sea Rules and Then Sings my Soul, Morgan is the author of over twenty books including his latest; Prayers and Promises for Worried Parents.
Prayers and Promises is really a devotional. It's 108 short readings and inspirations to equip and encourage parents who worry about their children. Any parent will tell you that life is filled full of natural worry as it is, "Will my child get sick at school?" "Is my child safe?" "Is my child learning at their age level." But each parent does their best to raise them and care for them and the rest of it, well... we kind of have to let that go.
In Luke 15, Jesus tells the story of the lost son. That's really the heart of it isn't it? The son is "lost" just like the coin and the sheep in the previous parables. What is a parent to do when a child is lost? Of course a child doesn't have to be physically "missing" to be lost, there are many aspects to being lost.
How is a parent supposed to break into that "lost world?" Or rather, like the Father of the lost son, is it better if we just "wait it out?"
In his book, Robert Morgan writes a message of hope to these parents. Each easy to read devotional is filled with scripture and promise. Morgan weaves his own story along with words of wisdom that should bring encouragement to any parent who struggles with this worry.
Thank you to Howard books for this review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.