The Painful Path of a Prodigal

Parents of prodigals struggle deeply with the challenges they face of relating to their wayward offspring. Siblings, spouses, and children of prodigals face similar struggles. How do you live for Christ in the midst of such personal turmoil? How do you live with a grown child whose destructive choices have turned him into a person so much unlike the adorable offspring into whom you poured much of yourself? Ultimately, how do you bear the pain if that prodigal never returns? [insert a read more here, so the rest of the text is hidden] In this book, Dr. Craig Svensson and his wife, Sue, show how they are no strangers to such deeply devastating circumstances. Svensson sensitively, engagingly, and compassionately directs readers to Scripture as he helps create the biblical framework for addressing the trauma of having a prodigal in the family. Click here to download a pdf of the first two chapters for free Endorsements Craig Svensson has written a very moving and very needed book with a unique perspective for parents of prodigal children. While clearly hope-giving, this book is also filled with biblical candor and lament, as well as wisdom-for-parenting-life. —Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., VP/Academic Dean at Faith Bible ...
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When There Is No Cure

I visited bookstores in my professional and personal travels across the country with a simple question to the booksellers: “What book would you recommend to someone diagnosed with an incurable, but not fatal, illness?” The frequent response was a perplexed look, sometimes accompanied by scratching the head or chin. At best, they directed me to books focused on living a healthy lifestyle—often through a diet plan of unproven value. A few pointed to books focused on a very specific disease. These invariably dealt with an unconventional and poorly supported approach to treatment. But the booksellers with whom I visited were at a loss for a book addressing the many issues faced by those of us living with incurable ailments leading to many years of an altered lifestyle: • How do we get physicians to take our health complaints seriously? • Where do we turn when doctors acknowledge our ailment with upturned hands and confess they don’t know how to help? • How do we deal with the overwhelming sense of loss with an untreatable diagnosis—one sure to produce profound changes in our life? • How do we address those whose reaction to our ailment increases our suffering? • Can we ...
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