I'm writing after surviving the polar vortex. We were sent an alert on our cell phones two evenings ago to keep our heaters set at 65 degrees or lower through Friday, so I am typing with cold fingers while wrapped in a fleece blanket and wearing my wooly socks. It has been an exciting few days with wind chills reaching down to minus 45. Needless to say, I am looking forward to warmer weather this weekend.
The book I'm featuring this week is one I highly recommend to anyone who is praying for a prodigal in their life. It's called, Prodigals and Those Who Love Them by Ruth Bell Graham.
Prodigals are as new as tomorrow's headlines, as old as the Garden of Eden. For some reason they are usually thought of as teenage boys. But prodigals are not limited in gender, race, age, or color.
The late Ruth Bell Graham understood what it felt like to love prodigals since two of her five children were spiritual wanderers. This is not a how-to book. This is a book that shares stories of prodigals and the ones who loved them––who prayed for them. It also shares how those prodigals were affected by those prayers. The book is filled with words of encouragement and hope to the many parents who are shedding tears and experiencing sleepless nights while uncertain of what their much-loved child is doing and how much harm they are bringing upon themselves. As you read this book, your faith will grow stronger and your prayers will become more intense.
Now it’s your turn. First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. If you’d like, check out the books other readers have featured on their blogs by clicking on the Hoarding Books link at the end of this post.
January 19, 2022