When the "wrong" path really is the right path

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

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

Bible Study of Luke Chapter 15

This book uses Jesus' stories (parables) of the shepherd who lost his sheep, the woman who lost her coin, and the prodigal son to derive principles of personal transformation that we can apply directly to our lives today.


Each of the stories involves someone who is a "seeker" and something (or someone) that is lost.


Each of the main characters moves from a position of having "lost something" to having "found something," thus illustrating the transformation process.

Who Should Read This Book

Anyone undergoing a major life transition. Are you experiencing:


  • Confusion, overwhelm, struggling to make sense of      life’s challenges?
  • Grieving the death of a loved one?
  • Major health crisis? 
  • Serious financial problems?
  • Wondering, “God, where are you?”
  • Suffering from some poor life choices?
  • Afraid that God is angry with you?
  • In a spiritual desert?
  • Lonely and feel like no one understands you?
  • Criticized, rejected or ostracized?
  • Hopeless?
  • Need transformation and healing?


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

Addresses Essential Life Questions

This Christian book addresses universal life questions such as: 


  • “Who am I?” 
  • “Where do I belong?” 
  • “What is the purpose and meaning of life?” and 
  • Family relationships
  • Personal growth
  • Christian living


It uses the parables of Jesus, including the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin, and the parable of the prodigal son to derive principles of personal transformation that you can apply directly to your life today. 

Universal Message of Hope

This book offers hope for men and women who've:


  • been disappointed in life, 
  • suffered loss, 
  • strayed from God, or 
  • don’t know what to do after a personal crisis.


The book is great for individuals, but it's even better as part of a Small Group study. It addresses universal needs of love, acceptance, intimacy, recognition, and self-worth and benefits greatly from group discussion.


It demonstrates that   

God loves you and has a plan for your life – even when life doesn’t go according to your plan, and when it is confusing, stressful and overwhelming. 


It shows that God is a compassionate God of love - one who seeks people who are lost, or who have strayed from the right path. He redeems the mistakes we've made in the past and offers us a second chance and a new beginning resulting in an intimate relationship with God.

Are You in a Spiritual Wilderness / Desert Right Now?

We all experience life transitions. Often those transitions produce suffering and impact all areas of our lives: personal, social, financial, work, health, etc.


  • Are you confused, overwhelmed and struggling to make sense of life’s challenges? 
  • Are you grieving because your spouse, child or some other loved one has died? 
  • Are you experiencing a major health crisis? 
  • Do you have financial problems, maybe even a bankruptcy?
  • Do you ever wonder: “God, where are you?”
  • Have you made some poor life choices that negatively affect your life? 
  • Are you afraid that God is angry with you? That he won’t forgive you? Guess what – God is a God of forgiveness and mercy.
  • Do you feel like you’re in a spiritual desert? Are your prayers bouncing off the ceiling? Has your relationship with God grown cold? 
  • Do you feel like you’re all alone in the world and no one understands you? Do you feel criticized, rejected or ostracized by friends or family? 
  • Have you lost hope? Don’t know what to do or where to go? 
  • Are you in need of transformation and healing?

 

If any of these situations apply to you, this book is for you!


Bottom Line:  God loves you and has a plan for your life – even when life doesn’t go according to your plan, and when it is confusing, stressful and overwhelming. 

What You'll Learn

Take the first step in your personal transformation and being your higher self. Discover how God is transforming you and how he can create a wonderful future for you - just like he did for the prodigal. 


  • This book will increase your faith and trust in God and result in your spiritual growth. 
  • Individuals can use this book to understand and/or improve:
    • The grieving process surrounding the death of a loved one, 
    • The importance of faith and choice in recovery and healing, 
    • Personal Bible Study, criticism and interpretation, 
    • Critical thinking, and 
    • Apologetics - the ability to respond to questions about their personal beliefs.
  • Pastors and small group leaders can use this book as a text for:
    • Bible Studies, ministry, evangelism and discipleship,
    • Counseling and recovery,
    • Leadership groups addressing the need to follow one’s own path and stand alone when necessary, and
    • Small groups addressing a wide range of problems and life situations. 
  • This book addresses both theology and psychology, including kingdom of God and eschatology perspectives.
  • It teaches one about Christian living, proper conduct of life – and importantly – how to redeem the years the locusts have eaten.

REPRESENTATIVE BOOK REVIEWS

The Prodigal’s Wilderness, Sue White

May 26, 2019 by Aimee Ann
Christian Living & Devotional, NonFiction


PARABLE OF TRANSFORMATION: 


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.


Are you in need of transformation?


  • Are you confused, overwhelmed and struggling to make sense of life’s challenges? Lost a loved one? Suffered a serious health crisis? 
  • Have you made some poor life choices that negatively affect your life? Afraid that God is angry with you? That he won’t forgive you? 
  • Are you experiencing a period of spiritual dryness? Prayers bouncing off the ceiling? Relationship with God grown cold? 
  • Do you feel like you’re all alone in the world and no one understands you? Feel criticized, rejected or ostracized by friends or family?
  • Have you lost hope? Don’t know what to do or where to go?


If any of these situations apply to you, this book is for you!


The Prodigal’s Wilderness is one of the most outstanding, beautiful, and memorable self-help/Christian living guides I have ever had the pleasure of reading. 


Sue White is the author of The Prodigal’s Wilderness, and in her book, she will take her readers on a journey of transformation and this journey will provide readers with the tools to live a happier and more successful life with a stronger connection to God. 


As I read The Prodigal’s Wilderness I felt myself instantly charmed by Sue White and her mesmerizing words; as I read them, I found myself turning the pages ever faster but at the same time I also wanted to read it very slowly. This is because I wanted to soak in every chapter and every word because I knew from reading it, it would have the ability to change my life, and it can change yours too.


The Prodigal’s Wilderness is an incredible book that will help you stop feeling stuck and unclear on your purpose in life and help restore your closeness with God. 


The wonderful author Sue White will help her readers stop feeling this way by inspiring her readers and motivating them through the wisdom of Luke Chapter 15. 


The reader in The Prodigal’s Wilderness will learn how to overcome challenges, whether they are challenges with you or family members etc, as well as grow closer to God if your relationship with him has grown distant. 


All of this and more is explored in the sensational The Prodigal’s Wilderness and should not be missed book lovers!



Throughout The Prodigal’s Wilderness, there are many chapters and many topics explored but instead of them being confusing and hard to navigate, the book is actually incredibly accessible, and White will guide you through every step, making sure you are informed at every stage so that you are never left behind or confused. White does this by organizing all of her categories perfectly so that you can make the powerful and positive changes you wish to. 


I adore how White made her book so accessible and easy to navigate and practice because many Christian living books can be the opposite which in turn can stall your ability to make a change.



The literature laced throughout The Prodigal’s Wilderness is incredible as well as useful and has a great ability to help those in need and help those who are looking improve their life, achieve their goals, have more confidence and above all have a closer connection with God!


Sue White is a fantastic person for many reasons, but the two core readers are because she has written her book in such a way that is accessible to all readers from all backgrounds and lifestyles and she is also fantastic thanks to her awe-inspiring literature. The literature courtesy of White is honest, breathtaking, and candid, and the result of this is captivating and makes 


The Prodigal’s Wilderness a book that should not be missed.


Overall The Prodigal’s Wilderness is a stellar read that can enrich, benefit, and change many peoples lives so I, of course, have to award this dazzling book five stars! 


If you are a reader who is looking to explore such topics, then I would recommend this gem of a book… you won’t regret it!


Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you .... 


Goodbye for now book lovers ...


Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this book!

Transformation: It isn't easy, but worth the effort.

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 walk into and through the 'desert wilderness' trusting that more exists than the bleakness of the immediate dark and barren experience. 


Well known Biblical characters are sited--Moses, David, John the Baptist and Jesus among them-- ones who had their lives transformed by encounters with God during their time in the 'desert wilderness.' 


"When the wrong path is really the right path" is a mantra the author encourages the reader to embrace while persevering, waiting, and staying the course with faith that God will appear in the dark or empty landscape of our despair. 


Sue White's book offers all of us hope for the journey.


Roger

Journey of the wilderness

Excellent systematic breakdown of a few of the parables, especially the complexities of the three stories, one parable, in Luke 15. 


Well researched and thoughtfully presented from an interpretive point of view with highlights of psychological and theological discussions. 


The author takes you on a microscopic journey of the wilderness at first, pointing out specific lessons of each story. But then she backs away to see the truths from a telescopic vantage, allowing us to see the whole picture, (we can see the entire elephant).

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