As you may recall, we went through a crisis in April when our daughter turned 18 and went off the rails for a couple of weeks. Eventually she returned home but, since then, we have been struggling to find a comfortable ground between our desire to protect her from herself and her own desire for independence. I find myself irritated with her a lot.
This week, she is gone to church camp -- not because she has any interest in God right now, but because she will take any opportunity to get away . I can't really blame her; it was a relief for me to have her gone and to get a respite from the push-and-pull that is currently our relationship.
That's all the background to say that the book I just started reading, Engaging Today's Prodigal by Carol Barnier, is quite literally an answer to prayer for help in changing my attitude. I read a lot of books about prodigals during dd's April crisis -- and they were all good -- but this one just really hits the spot right now. I'm not sure how helpful it would be for a mom of a 13 or 14 yr old getting into trouble, but it's really good for the parent of an older teen or young adult. It's helping me to see how I can "let go and let God" be the primary force in my dd's life (whether or not she recognizes/acknowledges Him at work in her life).
I hope I will be able to hang onto this new perspective once dd gets home from camp. I have a feeling this is a book I'll be reading and re-reading.
Anyway, I am only half-way through but couldn't read another page without coming and sharing about it here in case someone else needs some encouragemnt with their prodigal.