Praying for Your ProdigalKyle Idleman
A book for parents and family members of those who are far from God, Praying for Your Prodigal draws on insights from AHA to help readers pray--"and hope"--for their prodigal. In this hope-filled, honest book Kyle Idleman offers stories about prodigals specifically for paren... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 10, 2014
- UPC: 9781434707710
- Height: 0
- Width: 0
- Length: 0
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 94
- Publish Date: Aug 1, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012030"
- ISBN: 1434707717
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- Never Give Up! by Vicki F on 3/26/2015
I don't think I have ever had a book so small packed with so much wisdom and insight.
I think it's very likely that either you or someone you know has been in a position of experiencing a prodigal son or daughter. The parents did their best to raise their child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, but the child wanders onto an unexpected, and usually treacherous, path that only leads to heartbreak for the entire family.
But this book offers hope, encouragement and comfort, either for you or for someone you know who is going through this situation.
It fully explains the Biblical parable of the prodigal son. You know - the greedy kid who wanted his inheritance before his father died and then ending up eating the pigs' leftovers?
I attended a class one year on raising adolescents - taught by an adolescent and family psychologist who had published several books. Something he taught in that class has stuck with me for years. In the old testament when we learn about the kings of Israel and Judah, some of the verses seem to go on and on with geneology. "King so and so was a good king, and he was the father of so and so, who was a bad king," etc. etc. etc. I often wondered why this was important. And I have to admit that I usually skipped a lot of it. But here's what this teaches us: good parents can have kids who may not turn out quite so good. These kings pleased the Lord, so they must have been good parents, yet their children did not follow their example. So take heart...it's not always your fault if your kids are headed down the wrong path!
This little book is only 4x6, the size of a photo. There are several things great about that. First of all, it's not going to take you months to read. On the contrary - you can read it in one sitting. But better yet? Stick this little book in your pocket or purse. Every time you see it, you're reminded to pray for your prodigal, your friend's prodigal, or just prodigals in general.
The book includes several letters from parents, several prayers to help teach you how to pray and what promises to claim, and even space for journaling. All in this tiny, compact little gem of a book!
I can't recommend it enough. Now that I am finished with it, I am going to pass it along to someone in my family who is dealing with a heartbreaking issue with one of her children. This book will provide hope and encouragement to her. Perhaps you know someone that you could give one to.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
- Praying for Your Prodigal gives incite to help you continue to pray and have hope for the return of the wayward person by Lesa on 3/9/2015
This short, yet wonderful book was so helpful to me. I am waiting for a prodigal or shall I say two. I found this book extremely encouraging. The letters from parents of real prodigals at the beginning of each chapter gave a touch of realism and hope. Kyles thoughts and musings inspired me. His honest and gentle style is encouraging. At the end of each chapter there is a prayer, each one is beautiful and honest.
The prayers at the end of each chapter allow me to continue down this path with a better grasp of how to pray for them and surrender the situation fully to God.
The book follows a formula. Each chapter opens with a letter written by a parent or grandparent to their own prodigal. Idleman notes that these are real letters written by real people. They are raw and emotional. Often there isn't closure offered, and no part answers are given. I found these letters heart-wrenching, but I think there could be some real comfort to be gained for a parent who is struggling.
Each chapter then continues with an episodic look at the prodigal son parable with Idleman’s own commentary. While Idleman’s journey through Jesus’ most famous parable isn’t quite as insightful and comprehensive as, say, Nouwen’s The Return of Prodigal Son, that’s not really his goal. He is drawing out basic principles and he does a good job at it.
A product sample was supplied to me by Family Christian for my trial in exchange my honest and unbiased review.
- Pray for Your Prodigal! by Andrew on 3/7/2015
I’m a member of the Family Christian Bloggers and they provided me with a free copy of Praying for Your Prodigal for this review.
Praying for Your Prodigal is a pocket sized book written to assist parents and loved ones in praying for their prodigal child or family member to return back to Christ. Kyle Idleman uses the term “AHA” to explain that there needs to be an AHA moment in our wayward child or family member in order to bring about radically change in their lives. They must have an awakening, be honest, and take action. The book went through the prodigal son passage found in Luke 15. Each chapter contained a personally heart written letter written from parents to their lost child or a story, a prayer to be prayed over the lives of your loved ones, and a page where readers can take notes and list prayers.
I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who has a prodigal child or family member and they desperately want to see their loved on turn their life around. This book will assist in helping them pray for their loved ones to turn back to serving Christ. In reading through the letters enclosed in this book, you can definably see the heartache and regret most of these parents were experiencing over how their beloved child could go down such a dangerous path. I particularly loved how he connected the different letters to verses found in Luke 15. The book flowed flawlessly together and I believe this will help parents and family members to pray for their wayward child or family member. This book would make a wonderful gift to wayward children/family members and in particularly prisoners and it would be a massive blessing to them. I also like how the author and publisher made it a pocket size book where the book is easy to carry. Like me, you most likely know someone who is running from God, and what better gift to give them and their parents then this book! It has the potential to reach and touch their hearts. If you’re looking for a book to help you in praying for your prodigal, then look no farther, this is the book for you!
- Absolutely wonderful! by Carol on 2/23/2015
This book poured over my spirit like a healing balm. Using the story of the prodigal son, Kyle Idleman encourages anyone who waits for their prodigal's return. The solid teaching gave me new insight to the old Bible story. Instead of a good son vs a bad son, I saw the heart of a Father who's love never fails. The prayers at the end of each section gave me new insight as to how to pray for my child. The testimonies inside gave me encouragement to keep on loving and praying and fattening the calf in anticipation of my prodigal's return. This book is short enough to review frequently, and the book is small enough to tuck in my purse or Bible case. I can't recommend this book enough for parents who wait for their prodigal's return.
- Praying for Your Prodigal shows parents how to pray for their prodigal and shares prayers of those who have gone through this. by Teresa on 8/11/2014
Kyle Idleman, continues his message of the prodigal son from his book, AHA, in Praying For Your Prodigal. He shares with us prayers and stories of others who are or have gone through this situation themselves. Each chapter of the book breaks down the steps from understanding that one has gone as far as he or she can, recognizing what is needed, to resolving the situation. What does it take to realize one has gone as far as he or she can go? What actions are required to resolve the problem? Idleman shows his readers how he or she can do this using God's word.
The book is short, so it isn't a long read, but is a thought provoking work. This is a book for all who have a loved one who needs an AHA moment. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to parents and prodigals.
I received this book from Family Christian Bookstore for my review.