When You Love a Prodigal: 90 Days of Grace for the Wilderness

When You Love a Prodigal: 90 Days of Grace for the Wilderness

by Judy Douglass

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Overview

Loving a prodigal is a long and desperate journey, filled with fear, worry, anger, self-
recrimination. You wait for the phone call—will it be from jail or the hospital? You plead with your loved one. You search for help. You feel the shame. You cry out to God, "How long, Lord?"

Author Judy Douglass knows these lovers of prodigals well. She is one herself and has created a large and growing community with others. When You Love a Prodigal is a collection of 90 essays—90 days of perspective on what God offers to you as you love your prodigal. At the end of each brief essay, response questions will help you process how God intends to use the wilderness journey to mold your spiritual life. You can work through it day by day, or you can read it straight through.

Judy has traveled this road with her own prodigal—reading, learning, praying, and seeking God. Over and over he continued to give her wisdom, he sustained her, he covered her with grace, and he filled her with hope. May you, too, be strengthened and filled with hope as together you discover how God will take you through your own valley.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764233944
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 463,671
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Judy Douglass is the wife of Steve Douglass, president of Cru Global (Campus Crusade for Christ). Judy partners with Steve in leading Cru, where she also serves as director of women's resources. Judy blogs regularly and is the founder and host of Prayer for Prodigals, an online community for those who love someone who is making destructive choices. Judy and her husband live in Orlando, Florida.

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Introduction: Wilderness 15

1 Love 21

2 Grace 43

3 Time 65

4 Rest 85

5 Trust 105

6 Prayer 131

7 Promise 153

8 Hope 173

9 Spirit 193

10 Gift 209

A Word from Josh 227

A Word from Judy 229

With Gratitude 231

Notes 234

Resources 236

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When You Love a Prodigal: 90 Days of Grace for the Wilderness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
summer_no9 10 days ago
This book was a powerful honestly beautiful writing and compelling to read with also had challenging, encouraging and sharing her journey to us finding the way to change your fear escalates, faith dwindles, hope wanes to believe that God and bring love that prodigal to all of us because he was love us and be with us from the fist place. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House for this reviews”.
Anonymous 18 days ago
This book changed my relationship with my Prodigal. He is now more open to what I have to say and is generally respectful and seeks my advice. Her book gives HOPE and the message of erring on the side of GRACE - as our Father does to us - made a HUGE difference. A Great Read - witty and honest. Highly recommended.
JViola79 4 months ago
When You Love A Prodigal, by Judy Douglass, is a 90 day devotional filled with hope and grace for those waiting the return of a prodigal. The book is written for those loving a prodigal and it is often the perseverance part which presents the greatest challenge as one waits. It is not easy to persevere and wait as a loved one spirals into despair and/or destruction. Judy Douglass writes from experience, sharing her story in ten chapters which focus on ten words: love, grace, time, rest, trust, prayer, promise, hope, Spirit, and gift. Each chapter is then broken down into nine days, bringing hope and encouragement in its short reading and two response questions. God has given us an example in and through His Son, Jesus. Jesus deals with each of us as prodigals as He draws us to Himself with His love, mercy, and grace. Over and over He extends these to us as He continually reaches out to us. Through her transparency, Judy Douglass, brings the powerful reminder that God is at work – in the lives of our prodigals and in ourselves. We truly are not capable in ourselves for this journey and God knowing this, equips us each day. **I received this book from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
JGY16 5 months ago
This book is particularly motivational in the area of prayer. Whether your "prodigal" is a child making wrong choices or another relative or friend, the book is a deep well of resources for ongoing prevailing prayer. The author candidly reveals the growth she herself has experienced during the journey with her prodigal. You will grow by reading the book and answering the thought-provoking set of questions at the end of each chapter, and after reading the book you will feel embraced by God's care for you.
michelemorin 6 months ago
Douglass refers to the prodigal wilderness journey as “one of the most transforming aspects of [her] life,” and her collection of ninety devotionals reads like a coming alongside, like an arm around the shoulders and a level gaze that says, “Yes, I know. I know,” to those who still wait in hope. Dipping her pen in the well of God’s sovereignty, she shares hope from prophetic words: My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all my good pleasure. (Isaiah 46:10 NASB) Then, sharing the words of the psalmist, she offers hope for redemption and a life beyond destructive patterns, a renewal ushered in by the God who “redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” (Psalm 103:4) Finding the Way to a Prodigal Love Prodigal children do not take God by surprise, and our own imperfect responses are not outside God’s ability to forgive and to fold into the process of redemption. And as parents receive forgiveness for their own repeated sins, grace can overflow to the child who has wronged them, betrayed them, offended them, and wounded them repeatedly. Studying the names of God enabled Judy to call upon him in very specific ways to meet the need of the moment. When she felt unseen and unheard because answers did not come, she called out to El Roi, the God who sees. When her prodigal was far from home and likely in trouble, she held onto the tender shepherding heart of Jehovah Rohi. Jehovah Shalom was her peace throughout more than a dozen years of waiting and trusting that God would rescue her son from himself. The word prodigal came into use meaning”extravagant, lavish, abundant, and bountiful.” It has fallen on hard times in our day meaning “a person who is extravagantly wasteful, lavishly reckless, abundantly profligate.” The loving parent of a prodigal can weave a new, whole garment from these rags of terminology, and become, by grace, “one who extravagantly and lavishly, with perseverance, loves a prodigal.” Thanks be to God for his prodigal love. Many thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.
Christianfictionandmore 6 months ago
When you Love a Prodigal is written by a fellow sojourner through this particular wilderness, someone who has been in your shoes. Judy Douglass has been graciously transparent with her family's struggles, and has poured herself out to encourage others. These 90 devotionals include wisdom from God's Word and questions for contemplation,but not just for contemplation's sake, but to spur the hurting one forward. There is hope to be found here, and I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
Barbara-Culwell 7 months ago
Judy’s authentic and gracious posture is so encouraging to experience as page after page of this book she unfolds how the days and years of loving their prodigal continually brought her closer to the arms of a loving God who is always at work for the good of each of us. When fear, anguish and heartache can seem never ending, I love how she points the reader to cultivate a thankful and surrendered heart that clings to a great and powerful God. A book that turns your eyes and heart upward when circumstances can feel overwhelming. A must read for any parent even if you don’t have a “prodigal”.
Barbara-Culwell 7 months ago
Judy’s authentic and gracious posture is so encouraging to experience as page after page of this book she unfolds how the days and years of loving their prodigal continually brought her closer to the arms of a loving God who is always at work for the good of each of us. When fear, anguish and heartache can seem never ending, I love how she points the reader to cultivate a thankful and surrendered heart that clings to a great and powerful God. A book that turns your eyes and heart upward when circumstances can feel overwhelming. A must read for any parent even if you don’t have a “prodigal”.
Barbara-Culwell 7 months ago
Judy’s authentic and gracious posture is so encouraging to experience as page after page of this book she unfolds how the days and years of loving their prodigal continually brought her closer to the arms of a loving God who is always at work for the good of each of us. When fear, anguish and heartache can seem never ending, I love how she points the reader to cultivate a thankful and surrendered heart that clings to a great and powerful God. A book that turns your eyes and heart upward when circumstances can feel overwhelming. A must read for any parent even if you don’t have a “prodigal”.
Anne Winz 7 months ago
Judy has written a beautiful book about finding hope when you love a prodigal. From her painful experience of walking through the wilderness with her son, Josh, she encourages parents to hope in God, pray for their children and take care of themselves. She also created an online community where families pray for each other and their children. Her words will encourage even the most weary souls.
Teadrinker 5 days ago
I imagine the father of the prodigal son in the Bible (Luke 15:11-32) every day was praying and longing with all his heart for that prodigal to change his ways and come home. I can imagine because I love a prodigal of my own. When You Love a Prodigal: 90 Days of Grace for the Wilderness by Judy Douglass was a book written in process over time. She shares her heart and how God worked in their lives in this book. When You Love a Prodigal has 90 individual reflections written by a woman who traveled through life with a prodigal. In the beginning, she defines "prodigal" so we are all on the same page. She has divided the book in to sections: love, grace, time, rest, trust, prayer, promise, hope, spirit, and gift. Each reading in each section relates to that topic. In the end of the book, her son writes a brief note and she writes a brief note in closing. Douglass shares her heart in When You Love a Prodigal as a mom praying for a son who lived a life for his own pleasure. She shares from her heart through each of the readings sharing both her experiences and the Scriptures that spoke to her through those experiences. At the end of each reading there are questions to ask yourself and reflect on. This would be a good book to use with a daily journal. For me, putting my thoughts on paper and giving them to God is often helpful in the healing of my heart, no matter which way the prodigal ultimately goes in the end. In my case, there is no happy ending yet, just continued prayers and hopes and thoughts given to God. I like how Douglass shares honestly and openly. I like how she continues to turn her thoughts and prayers back to God, reminding me to do the same. I do find this book to be both encouraging and hopeful, regardless of who you are in relationship to the prodigal and no matter what your prodigal has done. This book can speak to your heart. I liked the format as it helped me to take things in bite-sized chunks and reflect and pray better. I received When You Love A Prodigal by Judy Douglass from Bethany House. All opinions are my own.