Prayers and Promises For Worried Parents: Hope For Your Prodigal, Help For You by Robert J. Morgan, Howard Books (a division of Simon & Schuster Publisers), $14.99 list price, paperback.
From the publisher:
Worrying about our loved ones is the worst kind of worry in the world, especially when it’s our children for whom we’re concerned. From the moment they’re born, our youngsters have an unrivaled place in our hearts, and we feel an unending burden for their welfare. We do our best to provide for them and to protect them. But sometimes, like the prodigal’s father in Luke 15, all we can do is entrust them to the Lord, love them, and give them time to find their way. Nothing is more difficult.
Prayers and Promises for Worried Parents offers hope for your prodigal and help for you. In more than a hundred brief readings, Robert J. Morgan offers doses of hope—encouragements from Scripture, effective prayers, true-life stories, promises from God’s Word, timely quotes, and helpful hints for coping with yourself and your child in difficult times.
God specializes in being gracious, and prodigals have a way of coming home. Don’t despair over your wayward ones. The Lord hasn’t given up on them. Nor on you!
Any Christian parent knows the worry that comes when children show signs of straying from their faith and upbringing. This book offers encouragement for such times.
There are eleven sections entitled Praying, Trusting, Weeping, Waiting, Leaving, Learning, Healing, Resting, Hoping, Striving, and Singing. Within each section are several sub-chapters in a daily devotional format totaling over 100 readings that include scripture, prayers, quotes and personal stories.
As a parent of young adult and college-age children, I found this book to be a wonderful resource in helping me focus my prayers when I start to worry for them or see them struggle with choices. The sections on praying and waiting were especially helpful with suggestions for praying God's promises from scripture for our children and encouragement that God is at work even when things aren't happening in our children's lives as quickly as we'd like.
This is a book I think Christian parents will benefit from no matter what age their children are with the assurance of God's desire to protect and bring every prodigal home.