Engaging Today's Prodigal by Carol Barnier
Clear Thinking, New Approaches, and Reasons for Hope

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Synopsis

Many families today experience the profound guilt and shame filled pain
of seeing a child walk away from their faith and values. Churches and parents feel
powerless to change the relationship and engage the prodigal in positive ways. Carol
Barnier has the insight to help. She left the faith of her pastor father, became
an active atheist, debated Christians, and explored a variety of worldviews before
she found the truth in a relationship with Jesus.

But far more than her personal
story, Engaging Today's Prodigal equips readers with a better understanding
of a prodigal's motivation, useful responses that won't prevent reconciliation,
clear boundaries to protect themselves and other children, actions to take when
you know you have contributed to the problem, and the value of realistic expectations.
With effective wit and humor, Carol provides material relevant for churches, parents
and even the prodigals themselves.

Can your family or church interact with
a prodigal in ways that build a relationship bridge that can provide a way back
home when they are ready? Let Engaging Today's Prodigal equip you with
clear, specific actions that can overcome the shame, hurt, and loss to bring real
hope for the future.

 

About Carol Barnier

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CAROL BARNIER is a humorist and speaker, frequent radio guest and author, Pastor's kid, Christian. . .and former atheist. These days she admits she takes her God, her faith and her theology very seriously, but herself. . .not so much. To every task she brings along her slightly irreverent humor, whether tackling the issues of being very ADHD, the discomfort at being asked to be the older woman in a Titus program (after all, Titus rhymes with phlebitis--proceed with caution), or how to love today's "woman at the well." But in her latest project--bringing tools and hope to the parents of prodigals, Carol rolls up her sleeves and shares ideas and stories from the heart and from her own journey. In every talk, every article, every interview and every book, it is her objective to not only inspire people, but to give them something they can take home and use immediately. She lives in Connecticut with her husband of 25 years and her three kids.
 
Published March 21, 2012 by Moody Publishers. 176 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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