You Are Not Alone

Author: Dena Yohe
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 1601428383
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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You would go to the ends of the earth for your child. So, if your teenager or young adult is in the midst of crisis due to self-injury, mental illness, depression, bullying, or destructive choices, you probably feel broken, powerless, and isolated. Dena Yohe wants you to know you are not alone. You are not a bad parent. And you are going to be okay. Dena has been where you are. In You Are Not Alone, she speaks from experience as she offers healthy ways to maintain your other relationships, suggestions for responding to friends who don’t understand, and ideas for keeping up your emotional and spiritual well-being when your world feels as if it’s crashing down. It is possible to find purpose in your pain, joy beyond your fear, and hope for every tomorrow. Includes prayers, exercises, websites, and other helpful resources. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Engaging Today s Prodigal

Author: Carol Barnier
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 0802481477
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Many families today experience the profound guilt and shame filled pain of seeing a child walk away from their faith and values. Churches and parents feel powerless to change the relationship and engage the prodigal in positive ways. Carol Barnier has the insight to help. She left the faith of her pastor father, became an active atheist, debated Christians, and explored a variety of worldviews before she found the truth in a relationship with Jesus. But far more than her personal story, Engaging Today's Prodigal equips readers with a better understanding of a prodigal's motivation, useful responses that won't prevent reconciliation, clear boundaries to protect themselves and other children, actions to take when you know you have contributed to the problem, and the value of realistic expectations. With effective wit and humor, Carol provides material relevant for churches, parents and even the prodigals themselves. Can your family or church interact with a prodigal in ways that build a relationship bridge that can provide a way back home when they are ready? Let Engaging Today's Prodigal equip you with clear, specific actions that can overcome the shame, hurt, and loss to bring real hope for the future.

Hope for Hurting Parents Support Group Facilitator Guide

Author: Dena Yohe
Publisher: EABooks Publishing
ISBN: 9781945975622
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Hope for Hurting Parents Facilitator Guide is to be used to start a support group for parents with broken hearts due to the choices and behaviors of their teen to adult children. The Facilitator Guide includes everything that's needed to get started, plus twenty-two sessions; enough for a whole year if the group meets twice a month (once in November and December). How often you meet is up to you. This guide includes decisions to make before you start your group, practical tips, group guidelines, a sample timeline, ice breaker questions, prayer strategies, and testimonies. The topics of the sessions are: grief and loss, enabling, guilt, fear, detachment, worry and anxiety, anger, resentment, letting go, expectations, guarding your marriage, guarding your family, powerlessness and control, communication, waiting, surviving the holidays, courageous love, forgiveness, thankfulness, self-care, hope, and resilience. Each is a stand-alone session and can be used in any order. It also has a list of recommended books, websites, and other resources. A Parent Notebook is also available to order for group members. It contains the same notes that are in the Facilitator Guide without the instructions. Pages for journaling are at the end of each session. Recommended books are listed at the back. Hope for Hurting Parents support groups are not high content-driven. The focus is on being safe, confidential, loving communities where parents can be real, share their feelings with others who understand, won't think less of them or give pat answers. This is a group where they can find the comfort, encouragement, and hope they need. The emphasis is put on facilitating rather than leading. Your role is not as a teacher or instructor, but a fellow parent sharing content, asking open-ended questions, guiding discussion. You aren't expected to know everything or have your act together. We're all fellow strugglers on the same heartbreaking path. Authenticity and a willingness to be vulnerable with your trials, is your best asset. This material is written from a Christian worldview. Our ultimate source of help has been Jesus Christ. These groups are not Bible studies or prayer meetings, but the Scriptures are used and discussed, and a time of prayer is encouraged. Support groups are a powerful way to bring parents from surviving to thriving. They draw them out of isolation as they journey through some of the most difficult times of their lives. By giving yourself as a facilitator of a Hope for Hurting Parents group you will receive the same comfort, encouragement, and hope. Request a free sample at HopeForHurtingParents.com.

Hope for Hurting Parents Parent Notebook

Author: Dena Yohe
Publisher: EABooks Publishing
ISBN: 9781945975639
Format: PDF
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The Hope for Hurting Parents Parent Notebook is a product of the Hope for Hurting Parents ministry (HopeforHurtingParents.com). It was developed to be used by the parents who attend one of their support groups. These groups help moms and dads with broken hearts due to the choices and behaviors of their teen to adult children. The purpose is to help these parents process their pain with others who understand, instead of isolating in guilt and shame. Hope for Hurting Parents strives to come alongside these brokenhearted to give comfort, encouragement and hope so that they can move from surviving to thriving. These groups can include step-parents and grandparents, too. The Parent Notebook explains what to expect in the support group, introduces the authors, provides group guidelines, and tells what others are saying about these faith-based groups. The notebook also contains the content that is discussed in the meetings. The topics are: grief and loss, enabling, guilt, fear, detachment, worry and anxiety, anger, resentment, letting go, expectations, guarding your marriage, guarding your family, powerlessness and control, communication, waiting, surviving the holidays, courageous love, forgiveness, thankfulness, self-care, expectations, and hope. A page for journaling or note-taking is at the end of each session. The intention is for parents to bring their notebook with them each time they go to a meeting. The Appendix has extra material used in some of the sessions. A list of recommended books, websites, and other resources is a huge bonus. The sessions are beneficial to be read and referred to not just during the support group meetings, but also at home. Hope for Hurting Parents support groups are not high content-driven. The focus is on being safe, confidential, loving communities where parents can be real, share their feelings with others who understand, and won't think less of them or give pat answers. This is a place where they can find the comfort, encouragement, and hope they need for what may be a long, difficult journey.

When Good Kids Make Bad Choices

Author: Elyse Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 0736933727
Format: PDF
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There is perhaps no greater fear in a parent's heart than the thought that a much-loved and well-cared-for child will make bad choices or even become a prodigal. What are parents to do in such circumstances? Authors Jim Newheiser and Elyse Fitzpatrick speak from years of personal experience as both parents and biblical counselors about how hurting parents can deal with the emotional trauma of when a child goes astray. They offer concrete hope and encouragement along with positive steps parents can take even in the most negative situations. Includes excellent advice from Dr. Laura Hendrickson regarding medicines commonly prescribed to problem children, and offers questions parents can ask pediatricians before using behavioral medications. A heartfelt and practical guide for parents.

You Are Not Alone

Author: Julia Thorne
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060969776
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A uniquely compassionate book that provides information, companionship and hope for individuals and families coping with depression.

When Parents Hurt

Author: Joshua Coleman, PhD
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061877239
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This unique book supports parents who are struggling with the heartache of having a teenager or an adult child who is troubled, angry, or distant. Such rifts can cause unspeakable sorrow that parents too often must bear alone. Psychologist and parent Joshua Coleman, Ph.D., offers insight, empathy, and perspective to those who have lost the opportunity to be the parent they desperately wanted to be and who are mourning the loss of a harmonious relationship with their child. Through case examples and healing exercises, Dr. Coleman helps parents: Reduce anger, guilt, and shame Learn how temperament, the teen years, their own or a partner's mistakes, and divorce can strain the parent-child bond Come to terms with their own and their child's imperfections Maintain self-esteem through difficult times Develop strategies for rebuilding the relationship or move toward acceptance of what can't be changed Understand how society's high expectations of parents contribute to the risk of parental wounds By helping parents recognize what they can do, and let go of what they cannot, Dr. Coleman helps families develop more positive ways of healing themselves and relating to each other.

Letting Go

Author: Dave Harvey
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310523540
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.

When Our Grown Kids Disappoint Us

Author: Jane Adams
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439106822
Format: PDF, Docs
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How do today's parents cope when the dreams we had for our children clash with reality? What can we do for our twenty- and even thirty-somethings who can't seem to grow up? How can we help our depressed, dependent, or addicted adult children, the ones who can't get their lives started, who are just marking time or even doing it? What's the right strategy when our smart, capable "adultolescents" won't leave home or come boomeranging back? Who can we turn to when the kids aren't all right and we, their parents, are frightened, frustrated, resentful, embarrassed, and especially, disappointed? In this groundbreaking book, a social psychologist who's been chronicling the lives of American families for over two decades confronts our deepest concerns, including our silence and self-imposed sense of isolation, when our grown kids have failed to thrive. She listens to a generation that "did everything right" and expected its children to grow into happy, healthy, successful adults. But they haven't, at least, not yet -- and meanwhile, we're letting their problems threaten our health, marriages, security, freedom, careers or retirement, and other family relationships. With warmth, empathy, and perspective, Dr. Adams offers a positive, life-affirming message to parents who are still trying to "fix" their adult children -- Stop! She shows us how to separate from their problems without separating from them, and how to be a positive force in their lives while getting on with our own. As we navigate this critical passage in our second adulthood and their first, the bestselling author of I'm Still Your Mother reminds us that the pleasures and possibilities of postparenthood should not depend on how our kids turn out, but on how we do!

Hope for Hurting Hearts

Author: Greg Laurie
Publisher: Kerygma Pub
ISBN: 9780984332793
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Life is Fragile. But Hope in Christ Lasts Forever. The Bible calls human life a vapor. A mist. A wisp of fog. A flower that springs up in the morning and fades away by mid-afternoon. We like to think we have years to pursue our goals, raise our families, and make a difference in the world. But we just don’t know. The fact is, our stay on earth is really very brief. And when a loved one unexpectedly steps out of this life into eternity, it shakes us to the core. We ask ourselves: Is heaven real? Will I see him will I see her again? Will we be together again? How can I know for sure? In Hope for Hurting Hearts, Pastor Greg Laurie shares candidly about his own heartbreak over the sudden departure of his son Christopher to heaven and offers comfort to bruised hearts and a hope that will sustain us through this life and beyond.