Letters to God on a Prodigal Son consists of letters that were written by author Anita Estes. She dated each segment, and they are similar to journal entries. The author added something incredibly helpful with almost all of the chapters. There are areas in the book called Lessons Learned and Suggestions. Anita shows what she learned in that situation and offers advice on it.
Writing with the pain that only a mother could express, Anita shares with us the story of her son. Starting at the beginning, the author didn’t realize how serious her son’s addiction to drugs and alcohol was. Being a mother, she wanted to protect and shelter him. But she realized that this was not the best way for him to change. With a lot of tough love, she worked hard on him. Taking him to church and counseling are two of the ways she did this. She also never gave up praying or hoping that her son would come back to them. And the only true way for her son to recover was to give him completely over to God.
I like reading about people’s lives to see if I can glean something from them. And I did from this. It’s to never give up on someone. To keep praying for them even if it feels like it’s doing nothing. God always hears your prayers.
Letters to God on a Prodigal Son is an ideal book for families and/or friends of individuals who struggle with addictions. “…But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 NIV
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