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Overview Rob Parsons? message is for anyone who cares about prodigals. He urges us to be released from false guilt, to stop judging each other, and to remember that God, the perfect parent, has trouble with his children, too. He challenges the church to recognize the part it has played in creating prodigals and says, ?When our prodigals do come home, pray that they meet the father first and not the elder brother!? But this is not just for other people. ?We suddenly see that the dirty, tear-stained face coming down the road is our face. And then we discover what, deep in our heart, we knew all along: we are the prodigal.?
Publishers Description Rob Parsons message is for anyone who cares about prodigals. He urges us to be released from false guilt, to stop judging each other, and to remember that God, the perfect parent, has trouble with his children, too.He challenges the church to recognize the part it has played in creating prodigals and says, "When our prodigals do come home, pray that they meet the father first and not the elder brother "But this is not just for other people. "We suddenly see that the dirty, tear-stained face coming down the road is our face. And then we discover what, deep in our heart, we knew all along: we are the prodigal."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher AUTHENTIC BOOKS
ISBN 1934068691 ISBN13 9781934068694
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More About Rob Parsons
Rob Parsons is an international speaker on family issues whose other books include "The Heart of Success," "Loving Against the Odds," "The Sixty Minute Father," "Teenagers!," among others.
Rob Parsons currently resides in Cardiff. Rob Parsons was born in 1948.
Reviews - What do customers think about Bringing Home the Prodigals?
Strong message, well-told Jul 28, 2008
If you are a parent, or have a loved one who is a prodigal, this book is for you!
In his book, Bringing Home the Prodigals (based on the Biblical story of the prodigal son), Rob Parsons addresses prodigal children. He doesn't focus, however, on the whys, the guilt, the self-judging of us and the prodigal because he is an encourager. He gives help and hope to the reader in guiding the prodigal home and back to the heart of God.
Parsons' book is short and easily read. I would suggest reading it through and then returning to it and rereading the parts, accompanied by prayer that spoke to the heart. Readers will want to keep a Bible with them as they navigate the book. I would have liked to see more scripture included and found myself distracted in wondering why there wasn't more versus to add to the message.
Parsons' book sends the reader beyond the child of a family and you begin to ponder the prodigals in our churches. Parsons talks about prodigals returning and suggests that when they do, it would be better if they first met the Father and not the elder brother. Isn't that a message about how we treat each other and the part we all have played in creating the prodigal? And isn't it something we need to think about?
Armchair Interviews says: A must read for families and church members.
Bringing Them Home May 29, 2008
Most of us know a family that is struggling with a prodigal child - seeking to draw their hearts back to Jesus. Watching these families and their grief over the children they love - the children they raised to seek Jesus - awoke a concern for my own wee ones in my heart. Though our children are still small: 5, 2, and one on the way - it is my heart's desire for them all to come to know and love the Lord. As Christian parents this is the deepest desire of all of our hearts for our children. But what happens when they turn their back on Him and His ways despite our best efforts? What do we do when they become prodigals?
In Bringing Home the Prodigals author Rob Parsons addresses the heart of the issue of prodigal children. It may not be what you think the heart of this issue is either. Instead of focusing on the "why's", Parsons goes past the wondering "What did I do wrong? What could I have done differently?", there are other titles available that focus on keeping our children's hearts - Parsons is here to encourage. He focuses on what we can now do - as parents of these prodigals - to gently guide them home to us, and more importantly, to God.
Engagingly written, this short book of 119 pages can be read in a day, but it will bear re-reading at a slower, more devotional pace to reap the riches to be found here. Though I am not the parent of a prodigal, Parsons ponderings on how we deal with prodigals as individuals, and as a church led me to examine my own spiritual life and dealings with others. I thank Parsons for drawing us back to the heart of God for the lost as demonstrated in the parable of the prodigal son.
As much as I enjoyed reading this title, I would have enjoyed seeing some more scripture directly in the text - for a non-fiction Christian title there seemed to be relatively little scripture presented. The main scripture that the book is based on, the parable of the prodigal son is not once included in the text of the book, which did seem a bit odd. Scripture is presented from the NIV, The Message and The Amplified Bible. KJV readers will want their bibles handy.
Parsons writing voice is warm and encouraging; his years of walking with and teaching the relations of prodigals shine through in this book through the prayers, reflections and testimonies presented. I am thankful to have this book available to lend to the families I know who are dealing with this issue, to let them know that there is hope if we lay our prodigals at the feet of Jesus. Bringing Home the Prodigals encourages us to love, to pray, to stay open, to always be watching and to always keep a light on.
Every Christian needs to read this book... May 19, 2008
I was asked to review this book for my blog and that has turned out to be a huge honor. I am blown away by the heart of this book and Rob Parsons for the lost, even the lost who never left home. This book is timely and relevant to where the church is right now. Rob mentions how we are leading people to Jesus and they are coming in the front door even as prodigals are leaving out the back door because of the older brother's critical spirit. On page 105 he says...
If your prodigals do come home, pray with all your hearts that they meet the father first and not the elder brother. Oh that elder brother! The one who did his sinning without ever leaving. The one who needed to "come home" every bit as much as his brother but who could never grasp what the heart of real love is - both to give and to receive it.
For a non-fiction book, it is a very easy read but it will blow your mind!
10 STARS!!! An Absolute MUST READ for EVERY CHRISTIAN!!! May 11, 2008
"Bringing Home The Prodigals" by Rob Parsons is an incredible book that will change everything about how you deal with your brothers and sisters in Christ! Written based on the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15, Parsons shares the lessons he's learned not only about how to draw these wayward Christians back into the fold of the church, but how the church can avoid creating them in the first place!
My eyes were opened to the cultural differences in Christians, and how those differences can become stumbling blocks of judgment against each other. Love is the key to a successful and fulfilling Christian life. The Bible says it, and Rob Parsons reminds us of this several times without pulling any punches! He says, "When the Father's house is filled with the Father's love, the prodigals will come home." I believe that this is the core message of this powerful and convicting book! Now we just need to put it into practice.