When You Love a Prodigal: 90 Days of Grace for the Wilderness


Judy Douglass

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Loving a prodigal is a long and desperate journey, filled with fear, worry, anger, self-recrimination. You wait for the phone call–will it be from jail or the hospital? You plead with your loved one. You search for help. You feel the shame. You cry out to God, “How long, Lord?”

Author Judy Douglass knows these lovers of prodigals well. She is one herself and has created a large and growing community with others.

When You Love a Prodigal is a collection of 90 essays–90 days of perspective on what God offers to you as you love your prodigal. At the end of each brief essay, response questions will help you process how God intends to use the wilderness journey to mold your spiritual life. You can work through it day by day, or you can read it straight through.

Judy has traveled this road with her own prodigal–reading, learning, praying, and seeking God. Over and over He continued to give her wisdom, He sustained her, He covered her with grace, and He filled her with hope.

May you, too, be strengthened and filled with hope as together you discover how God will take you through your own valley.

Judy Douglass is the founder and host of Prayer for Prodigals, an online community for those who love someone who is making destructive choices. She has served as editor of two Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) magazines, has authored five books, and speaks all over the world. A writer, speaker, encourager, and advocate, Judy loves to encourage God’s children to be and do all that He created them for. A native of Dallas, she graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism. Judy serves as director of Cru’s Women’s Resources and partners with her husband, Steve, president of Campus Crusade for Christ International, to lead Cru globally. Judy and Steve live in Orlando, Florida.


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