If you’re a parent in pain due to the behaviors, choices, and struggles of your teen to adult child, then why not give yourself a gift for Christmas this year – one that can help you? You sure deserve it. You’ve been through so much. No one can fully realize just how much–except God and you. So, I’m giving you an early gift–a list of some of my favorite books.
They’re the ones that have helped me the most over the last ten plus years. They cover the broad issues we all deal with, so they apply to all of us. The only one that doesn’t is the devotional for those who have an addicted loved one. I’ve given you a brief summary of each book, but you can find out more about them on Amazon, or some other book sales company. Half.com is another place to get good deals.
Hope of a Homecoming: Entrusting Your Prodigal to a Sovereign God by O’Rourke and Sauer; two moms share their personal experiences about dealing with their own prodigals. They offer empowering and professional advice on going deep beneath the surface to enlist and direct God’s sovereign power. You’ll find key Scriptures, written prayers, coping strategies, and practical advice on many topics as. They give insightful help and encourage parents to pray their prodigals home.
Moments for Families of Prodigals by Robert J. Morgan; from a dad who’s been there and understands, it’s full of powerful stories of answered prayers, numerous ideas of what you can do while waiting for God to work, and helpful teachings about how to deal with the pain. With prodigals, there are never any guarantees, but there can be a sense of peace.
Parents With Broken Hearts by William L. Coleman; For parents whose children have made destructive choices, this book will help them accept what has happened; stop blaming themselves; regain peace of mind; and enjoy a fulfilling life despite pain. Includes a chapter on adoption.
Praying Prodigals Home: Taking Back What the Enemy Has Stolen by Sherrer and Garlock; both authors have endured the pain of waiting for the return of prodigal children. Yet even as they gave each situation into the hands of the Lord, they did not wait passively, succumbing to fear and despair. Instead they battled for their children in prayer, waiting expectantly for Almighty God to intervene. And He did! Now they tell the parents how to pray their children home, and how the experience can draw them into the arms of their heavenly Father and strengthen their bonds of love.
Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90 by Sharon K. Cosby; provides ninety devotions of encouragement to families coping with addiction. The overall message conveys hope to families caught in the cycles of addiction. The various stages of the disease: abuse, recovery, and relapse, take their toll. The verses in Jeremiah 30 and 31, the foundation of the book, offer promises of restoration and redemption.
The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children and The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian; these books are full of prayers for every concern or situation you may have for your teen or adult child; she also includes words of wisdom and insight on each topic. With stories from other parents and insight gleaned from personal experience, Stormie helps you pray with the power of God’s Word over your children.
Shattered Dreams:God’s Unexpected Path to Joy by Larry Crabb; “A new way to live is available to us,” writes widely respected author and counselor Larry Crabb, “a way that leads to a joy-filled encounter with Christ, to a life-arousing community with others, and to a powerful transformation of our interior worlds that makes us more like Jesus.”
You’ll see how God moves you from shattered dreams to better dreams to the highest dream– and the joy that comes from dreaming it.
The One Year Book of Hope by Nancy Guthrie; a daily devotional for anyone who has been hurt in life and would benefit from a hope-filled daily companion; insightful daily reflections based comfort, encourage, and uplift.
When I Lay My Isaac Down: Unshakable Faith in Unthinkable Circumstances by Carol Kent; the author’s son is in prison. She tells their story and shares the transformational power principles they learned about forgiveness and faith. Dealing with her anger, grief, and shame, she could have given up. Instead she tells a highly personal, heartbreaking, and uplifting story that will bolster your faith.
I encourage you to make time every day to read something uplifting that will help you on this tough road. Even a few paragraphs can make a big difference. I owe a lot to the many books I’ve consumed over the years.
Thank you God for books you can speak to us through to uplift, teach, encourage and comfort. Guide each parent who reads this to the book that’s right for them at this time. May it turn out to be the best Christmas gift they ever gave to themself!