Prodigal's Wilderness Book

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Introduction

Sue White

Sue White is an author, blogger, entrepreneur, and she has experience in corporate America as well.

Sue White is an author, blogger, entrepreneur, and she has experience in the corporate world as well.  


She has written numerous articles, and has a new book just published on Amazon:  The Prodigal's Wilderness: When the "Wrong" Path Really Is the Right Path.


We've all made decisions and life choices that - in retrospect - we wish we hadn't.


But, do you realize that God can take all of our "mistakes," "bad choices," and the tragic events in our lives - and use them for his glory?


Those "wrong paths" have become an important tool in making us who we are today.  God can redeem all those "bad times" and give us hope and a bright future.


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My new book has just been published on Amazon!!!


 Do you ever feel like God is silent, so therefore, he must be angry with you? This book is meant to serve as an encouragement to those of you who feel far from God. 


Be encouraged – he loves you!  

  

Do you feel that you’ve been criticized, rejected and ostracized by your family or friends. You may wonder if there’s any possible way for you to regain fellowship with your family or friends. 


But, know this - there is hope for you! 


This parable speaks volumes about separation, reconciliation, and restoration. 


Stay tuned! God loves you!


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Confused, Stressed, Overwhelmed?

Feeling worried, scared, stressed out, confused, even overwhelmed?

 Are you feeling sort of lost and overwhelmed in your life right now? 


Don’t know which way to turn? 


Perhaps you’ve just lost your job, or been hit with the dreaded “C” diagnosis from your doctor. 


Perhaps you just have too much month left over at the end of your money. 


Maybe you’ve lost a loved one and you’re feeling lonely and depressed. 


Don't understand "Why?"


If so, you'll want to get my new book that shows how God can redeem even the worst situation - because He is sovereign, and He is in control, no matter what!


The Prodigal's Wilderness: When the "Wrong" Path Really Is the Right Path.



about sue white

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Lifelong Learner

My life’s path has been a circuitous one; in fact, one of my friends used to call it “peripatetic” since I worked many years as a consultant and traveled from place to place for my work. 


I have always been the studious type, a “bookworm;” I’m a lifelong learner, and I have an eclectic background. 


Over the years, I have acquired four earned degrees including a Masters in Theological Studies (International School of Theology) and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (Azusa Pacific University). 


I've brought all that learning into my new book: The Prodigal's Wilderness: When the "Wrong" Path Really Is the Right Path


This book is intended for everyone: for seekers, skeptics, “prodigals”, and long-time Christians. 


The parable addresses universal questions such as “Who am I?” and “What should I do with my life?”  


It addresses universal needs of love, acceptance, intimacy, recognition, and self-worth. It demonstrates that you need God to come find you and save you because you can’t save yourself; it explains that you have a loving Father and a home waiting for you in heaven.


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LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD

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It's Still a Free Country, Isn't It?

When I was in seminary, I participated in a summer project in Atlanta, Georgia where our team carried out a number of community outreach activities, including street preaching. 


One day, as our group was doing street preaching, a police officer approached. 


Our leader had previously told us that should we encounter any hecklers or other issues, the team was to continue whatever we were doing, and he would handle the issue. So, I turned my attention back to my fellow student who was preaching at the time. 


The next time I looked over to where the police officer was, I noticed that she was having a serious conversation with our leader, and then I saw her pull out a set of handcuffs. 


The police officer arrested the leader  ... and one of our other (younger) team members who approached her a little too quickly and a little too closely. 


Arrested in Atlanta

As it happened, that day (and only that day), I had my camera with me, so I slowly walked toward the leader and the police officer and started taking pictures of the scene. 


The police officer looked at me and demanded my camera. "You can't take my picture!"


Now, I was taking pictures of a public official on a public sidewalk, but I knew if I gave up my camera, the chances that I would still have any of my pictures when I got my camera back were slim. 


So I refused. 


Consequently, she then arrested me as well. (In the meantime, some of the other members of my group came and got my camera before I was carted off to the jailhouse.)


Freedom is never truly "free" - there comes a time when we all must take a stand to preserve our freedoms for the next generation!


"Christian" Is a Four-Letter Word These Days ...

They charged us with blocking the sidewalk, which of course, we were not doing. 


The sidewalk was one of those very wide sidewalks (maybe thirty feet), and it had been lightly raining, so most pedestrians either walked very close to the buildings, - or did as I had done, and tried to stay dry under one of the trees along the street side.


Fortunately, our project was sponsored by three different Christian organizations and they felt – as I did – that there was an important principle at stake here. 


So, we fought the charges. 


It took a couple of years to get the issue resolved, and at every point along the way, we were encouraged to “just pay the fine” and drop the issue. 


However, the principle was an important one, and we sued the city of Atlanta. 



Doesn't Matter That They've Done Nothing Wrong ...

What’s really sad about this situation is that the mayor of Atlanta had instructed his police officers to arrest homeless people, prostitutes, and … street preachers … even though he knew the charges wouldn’t stick (this was stated in the local newspaper).


I had been living in California at the time, and had to fly back to Atlanta for the final court appearance. 


Even at that late date, people still tried to get us to drop our suit, and although the others were willing, I was not. (If they had wanted to settle two years prior, or even before I had flown all the way from California to Georgia, I might have agreed, but not that late in the game.) 


Not only was this an important matter of principle and Christian rights, but it also became a watershed moment for me, personally, as it enabled me to confront this police officer and the city of Atlanta as "proxies" for all the people who had abused me in the past. 


Because of my refusal to settle at the eleventh hour, we went on to win the case, but it was even more important victory for me personally. 


I felt very empowered for having stood up for my rights, and to this day, I consider that I “added one small brick to the wall of freedom”.


Hard Landing at London city Airport

I Survived an Airplane "Crash"!

Another time, I was on a three-week business trip to Europe (England and Amsterdam). Early in the trip, I had to fly from Amsterdam to London by way of London City Airport (one of the smaller, outlying airports). 


Unbeknownst to me that airport has a very short runway and has a history of “hard landings.” As we came into the airport, we had one of those hard landings … a very hard landing … in fact, it was so hard that the front wheels collapsed and the fuselage started sliding along the tarmac. 

Smoke started filling the cabin and we were told to evacuate the plane using the inflatable slides. 


When we first boarded the plane and the flight attendant was giving us the safety instructions, I remember thinking that our flight attendant looked so very young as he was giving us the pre-flight announcements.


Guess which flight attendant was at the evacuation door?  


That very young-looking one, and I think he was far more nervous than the passengers. 


As I approached the door, the only instruction he gave us was this: “Get out! … Get out! … Get out!” 


So, I did.


I jumped out, expecting to go gently down the slide. That, however, was not my experience. I hit the ground hard … very hard … directly on my tailbone. 


All the airplane disaster movies I’ve ever seen flashed through my mind. 


  • First there’s smoke in the cabin, 
  • Then there’s a big explosion! 


Problem: I couldn’t get up; I couldn't move away from the plane. 


Fortunately, there was no explosion, but I did lay there on the ground beside the fuselage, in freezing conditions, until a couple of passengers or crew helped me to the edge of the tarmac.


Even after I was moved away from the plane, I still had to wait, shivering, on the ground, for an ambulance to take me to the hospital. 


The good thing about going to a hospital in London was that no one ever asked me to pay any money. 


The bad thing was that the police kept coming to my room at all hours of the night and waking me up, asking me for all kinds of ID numbers and telephone numbers. 


And, the doctor wanted to get me out of the hospital as quickly as possible. (I think I was in the hospital for about a day and the doctor prescribed some pain pills.)


But I was at the beginning of my three-week business trip. 


  • I had trouble sitting in our meetings, 
  • trouble getting in and out of the subway (there seemed to be a serious lack of elevators … but stairs everywhere). 
  • I had to drag my computer up and down those stairs everyday to work. 
  • I asked the hotel for extra pillows so I could brace myself into a semi-comfortable position in bed, but you’d have thought I was asking to rob Fort Knox just to get some extra pillows. 


I survived the business trip, but then I had to contend with getting home. 


Fortunately, the airline upgraded me to First Class, which made the trip home bearable.



Example Airplane hard landing.
Andrewmarino at en.wikipedia [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

Example Airplane hard landing. Andrewmarino at en.wikipedia [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

Bible Study leader

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Get Into God's Word

My life has calmed down considerably since those days. 


I currently lead a small group Bible Study for people in my neighborhood. My eclectic background allows me to draw insights from multiple disciplines and to integrate them into a cohesive whole.” 


I relate to the skeptics of the world – those who need to ask questions and challenge the status quo in order to find the truth. (My favorite disciple is Thomas, otherwise known as “Doubting Thomas”). 


I remember, as a child, asking questions in Sunday school, but seldom receiving answers that satisfied me. Eventually, God sent me to seminary so that I could learn to search out Scriptural answers for myself. 


When I’m teaching, I love having people ask lots of questions. I find that people learn best when they’re engaged and asking questions increases engagement. I especially welcome the skeptic (the one who is honestly searching but just not convinced) to join in wholeheartedly with the discussions. 


A lot has transpired in my life since I wrote that paper. It’s been a difficult journey for me – one filled with lots of health challenges, multiple job changes, and several relocations. But the experiences I had while on my journey and my own personal “wilderness experiences” have taught me many important life lessons.


I recently used my book with my Bible Study group and the feedback was very positive!  


Check out my new book:  The Prodigal's Wilderness:  When the "Wrong" Path Really Is the Right Path which uses the parable in Luke 15 (the story of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son) to show God's love, compassion and grace, even when we feel distant from him. 


A Parable of Transformation

The Prodigal's Wilderness: When the "Wrong" Path Really Is the Right Path!

My new book, The Prodigal's Wilderness: When the "Wrong" Path Really Is the Right Path describes how God's great love, compassion and grace can bring about spiritual transformation in our lives. 


Much has been written regarding Luke Chapter 15 and there’s been a great debate regarding which theme(s) should be considered and which one(s) ignored; however, this book takes a different approach by viewing it as a parable of transformation. 


Jesus used a unique storytelling technique in this parable: the main characters changed and grew.  They transformed from their initial negative personas (they had all either lost something valuable, or they themselves were “lost”) to a positive persona of the seeker, the one who found and restored the lost object. In so doing, they came to represent both God and Jesus. 


As we explore the transformations of the main characters in this Bible Study, we will derive principles that can be applied to our own lives and our own wilderness experiences.

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The wilderness (or desert) is the place where transformations occur. As you read through the Bible, you’ll see that God had many of the heroes of the faith participate in their own wilderness adventures, for example: Moses and the Israelites, David, Elijah, John the Baptist and even Jesus. They were all transformed by their desert experiences.


It may seem that time spent in the desert is wasted time, but in reality, the solitude and isolation of the desert allow God to accelerate our spiritual growth and increase intimacy with him. He wants to develop a “real,” in-depth relationship with us and he will use whatever means necessary to make that happen. 

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Transformations

Transformations Happen in the Wilderness

As you read through the Bible, you’ll see that God had many of the heroes of the faith participate in their own wilderness adventures, for example:  Moses and the Israelites, David, Elijah, John the Baptist and even Jesus.  They were all transformed by their desert experiences. 


It may seem that time spent in the desert is wasted time, but in reality, the solitude and isolation of the desert allow God to accelerate our spiritual growth and increase intimacy with him. 


He wants to develop a “real,” in-depth relationship with us and he will use whatever means necessary to make that happen. For example, he often uses family or political conflict, natural or economic disasters, health conditions, or loss of a significant person in our lives to drive us to our knees and put him first in our lives.  


The desert is God’s preferred learning laboratory for believers. All believers will likely spend some time in the wilderness, in God’s “boot camp.” Some will enroll multiple times. But, the bottom line is this: God is still in control and he has a plan to conform you to his image (Rom. 12:2) so that he can have greater fellowship.  


God is sovereign even when you’re in the midst of a wilderness experience and feeling scared, confused or overwhelmed.  


The wilderness may seem like it’s the “wrong” path, that you’ve gotten lost or strayed from God, but He can redeem even the most crooked path and use all of your experiences along the way for good (Rom. 8:28).


Discover how God can use your "wilderness experience" to transform you, give you hope and a bright future!

Sand falling through man's hand in bleak desert.

Sand falling through man's hand in bleak desert.

Transformation Isn't easy ... but worth the effort!

Reviewer's Comments

Sue White offers both established views and welcome new insights regarding Jesus’ parables—the lost sheep, misplaced coin, and prodigal son. 


The author encourages the reader to wade into the ‘desert wilderness’ trusting that more exists than the bleakness of the immediate dark and barren experience. 


Well known Biblical character’s are sited, ones who’s lives are transformed by their journeys into the ‘desert’ where God finds and transforms them—Moses, David, John the Baptist and Jesus among them. 


“When the wrong path really is the right path” the reader is encouraged to persevere, wait, and stay the course with faith that God will appear in the darkened or empty landscape of our despair. 


Sue White’s book offers us hope for that journey.


Roger A. Marum, PhD.
Clinical Psychology
www.yourreluctantdisciple.com

The "Right" Path

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May Contain Detours and U-Turns

The two sons in the third story  of Luke Chapter 15, demonstrate that there are basically two paths that you can take in life – a path that takes you closer to God, or one that takes you away from Him. 


Sometimes, the right path can be circuitous. 


It may appear that you are on the wrong path, when in reality it is just God’s plan for you to spend time being molded and refined into the person you were created to be.  In the end, the “right” path ultimately brings you closer to God whereas the wrong path ultimately takes you further away from him. 


You can’t always tell until you get to the end of the path. 


People in your life may be critical of your life choices, but in reality, they may not be seeing God’s hand at work in your life, invisibly, behind the scenes. Consequently, you need to be true to yourself and trust God to bring you home, and he will! 


God created us in his image; complex human beings comprised of biological, psychological, and spiritual components. We’re also deeply influenced by our families and our culture.  


  • He wants to enter into a "real" relationship with us, one that includes all our human complexity. 
  • He understands the inter-relationship between psychology and spirituality and how the past affects our present (after all, he created us). 
  • He understands how emotional baggage carried over from childhood can impact your relationship with him. He understands a lot of the sinful nature still needs to be stripped away. 


When he redeems us, he redeems all of us, the whole package, and he makes us into new creatures (II Cor. 5:17). 


In other words, he transforms us.

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Feel Like You’re in the Wilderness Right Now?

Just have faith, and stay the course – God will get you through!

Are you struggling in your own personal "wilderness" right now? 


Don’t know which way to turn? 


Perhaps you’ve just lost your job, or you've been hit with the dreaded “C” diagnosis from your doctor. 


Perhaps you just have too much month left over at the end of your money. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one and you’re feeling lonely and depressed.  


It could be that God has just signed you up for one of his wilderness courses. 


They’re usually not very much fun, and may actually include a fair amount of pain and suffering, but they do have a number of important benefits, not the least of which is developing a closer relationship with God.  


He’s there with you, every day and every step of the way on your wilderness journey even though it probably doesn’t feel like it right now. 


And above, don’t think he’s angry with you!  


All believers, at one time or another, have the “privilege” of taking one of God’s wilderness courses! 


Learn more about "wilderness journeys" and how to survive them!

Two road signs, "Lost" and "Very Lost" along a desert road.

Two road signs, "Lost" and "Very Lost" along a desert road.

Think God Is Angry With You?

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Be encouraged – He loves you!

Do you ever feel like God is silent, so therefore, he must be angry with you? 


This book, The Prodigal's Wilderness: When the "Wrong" Path Really Is the Right Path, is meant to serve as an encouragement to those of you who feel far from God.  


Sometimes, periods of silence, or suffering, or struggle (what I’m calling the “wilderness experience”) are necessary for your growth and to build your faith.  


After all, if you can constantly “see” what God is doing in your lives, and the world around you, you would have no need for faith, but the Bible tells us that faith is a necessity:


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1 KJV).

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Feel Criticized, Rejected, Ostracized?

Stay tuned! God loves you!

Some of you may identify with the prodigal son in the third story… you may feel that you’ve been criticized, rejected and ostracized by your family or friends. 


You may wonder if there’s any possible way for you to regain fellowship with your family or friends.  


But, know this - there is hope for you!  


This parable speaks volumes about separation, reconciliation, and restoration.   


Discover the God who loves you unconditionally and will never abandon or forsake you!

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HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT

BY READING THIS BOOK

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Meet the Messiah!

If you’ve never met Jesus, the Messiah, now’s your chance!  Be sure to pay attention to the Chapter, “Who Is This Jesus?”  


You’ll learn about the man, his mission, his ministry – and the changes he brought that have impacted the world for two thousand years! 


If you haven't yet met the Messiah, this is the place to start!


Improve Your Personal Bible Study

Some of you just love to study Scripture and discover new Biblical truths.  


I’ve packed a lot of Bible knowledge into the pages that follow.  You will find the information about the culture and norms of first century Israel very fascinating.  You may find that studying this parable helps you deepen your own Bible study methods and personal devotions.  


Some of those little historical tidbits may open your eyes to important Biblical truths you’d never seen before.  


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After reading your website, I was lead to reread Luke 15.  


Your site was much more insightful than my Bible commentary!  


First impression-you’re an awesome author by helping me question and think more deeply!  


Blessed to be your friend.

Vickie Andrews


Be Prepared to Give An Answer

In today’s post-Christian world, Christians are increasingly under attack for traditional Biblical beliefs.  


The devil and his minions are becoming much more active and much more vocal than they have been in the past.  


People from many walks of life, whether they be entertainers and celebrities, or politicians and protesters, ..., or your next door neighbor, seem to take great pleasure in denigrating the Christian faith and your beliefs.  


But there are moments, like the sun breaking through the clouds, when someone you know might actually be open to hearing the gospel and why you believe what you believe,  


"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect." (I Peter 3:15) 


Yours may be the only lucid voice they will ever hear who can introduce them to the Savior.  


Don’t let such an opportunity pass you by, because you were not prepared. 


One of my favorite movies is “God Is Not Dead” (the first one).  A young man in college finds himself stuck in a philosophy course with a very anti-God professor, and God calls him to take a personal stand and defend the proposition “God is not dead” to the class.  


This young man had to stand alone, facing criticism, opposition, rejection from his friends, and the threat of failing the class from his professor.  But, by standing up for his faith, and presenting a cogent argument for the existence of the living God, he influenced a lot of other students who would never have heard about the God who loves them.  


Like the young man in the movie, God may call some of you to carry out a difficult and unpopular task.  


You may find your life’s path takes you to places you would never have dreamed, and you will have to rely upon God’s strength and wisdom because the challenge is far greater than your human abilities.  


You will need the kind of fortitude demonstrated by the young man in the movie. I trust that all of you will gain a greater appreciation for the depth and wisdom of this parable, and that reading this book will bless you and your family.