Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls

Paperback | November 8, 2016

byDave Harvey, Paul Gilbert

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What do you do when someone you love leaves? And how do you pursue someone who has hurt you, who has sinned against you?  In Letting Go, pastors Dave Harvey and Paul Gilbert share stories of pain and stories of hope as they reveal how to care for the prodigal who has strayed.  Whether you are dealing with an unfaithful marriage partner, a rebellious child, or a wayward friend, the counsel they offer will help you to pursue a gospel-rooted approach, grounded in truth and practiced in the midst of Christian community. 

While each situation is unique, most stories deal with common themes of shame, guilt, confusion, uncertainty, and struggle.  You will understand the spiritual dynamics at work in the heart of the prodigal and how you as a family member, spouse, friend, or church leader can best relate to them in love.  You will learn how to practice “redemptive release” through confrontation and discipline as well as how to forgive the person who has hurt you through a process of reconciliation. For those in a time of waiting and wondering if their loved one will ever return home, there is a reminder of the hope of the gospel and the necessity of depending upon the Holy Spirit through prayer.  

A must-have resource for every believer struggling to love the prodigal back home again, it is ideal for parents and siblings, counselors, pastors, and those ministering to hurting families and churches.

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What do you do when someone you love leaves? And how do you pursue someone who has hurt you, who has sinned against you?  In Letting Go, pastors Dave Harvey and Paul Gilbert share stories of pain and stories of hope as they reveal how to care for the prodigal who has strayed.  Whether you are dealing with an unfaithful marriage partner...

Dave Harvey serves as the Pastor of Preaching at Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee, Florida and is the bestselling author of When Sinners Say “I Do.”  A pastor for over 25 years, Dave has been involved in church care, church planting, and international ministry.  He also serves as the board chairman of the Christian Counseling ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.52 inPublished:November 8, 2016Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310523532

ISBN - 13:9780310523536

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Two Pastors and Their BurdenSection One: Portrait of a Prodigal Chapter One: Three Prodigal ProfilesChapter Two: What a Prodigal Wants, Where a Prodigal LivesSection Two: Helping ProdigalsChapter Three: How God Changes Prodigals Chapter Four: What's Love Got to Do With This?Chapter Five: Walking the Prodigal RoadSection Three: Caring for the Unintended Casualties Chapter Six: Prodigal Debris: Shame, Fear and Gospel GraceChapter Seven: Faith for Prodigals: What to Do While You WaitEpilogue: The Holy Spirit, Prayer, and Prodigals

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Few realities are more painful than watching a cherished loved one make rebellious decisions that will lead to their destruction. As a pastor and counselor I have walked with countless parents, spouses, siblings, and friends agonizing with them over how to love someone who refuses to take help. Letting Go is a book I wish could go back and give to each one of those hurting people. It is a book I will give to everyone of them in the future. This book by Dave Harvey and Paul Gilbert is essential reading for all those with wayward loved ones and for all of us who are called to walk with them in the pain. -- Dr. Heath Lambert, Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors