Wayward people want freedom. And they define this freedom as the ability to choose whatever they want without the burden of responsibility for their decision. By doing do, they reject God and the True Story he tells and craft their own narratives where they are the victim who deserves something better.
Maybe you are on a journey of loving a prodigal son, or a spouse that is not committed. What does it mean to love someone with a rugged love. When to let someone go. How to walk in shame and in weariness. It is grace that saves your prodigal and it is grace that rescues you from the dark places of loving one that has strayed.
Some quotes that I found revealing.
It was a declaration of their independence, an assertion of their rights, and a desire to be completely released from any commitments. I appreciated this line of thought because it came to denying our roles to family and community. A daughter with the role of her parents or a husband to the role of his wife as protector. When the roles come apart, the family goes in a tailspin. The prodigal affects everyone.
To put it simply, and perhaps directly, a wayward person is a fool who rejects right voices and renounces true roles.
To reach the prodigal, your must first crawl in the story of the prodigal.
The author takes you to the beginning with Adam and Eve and defines what the wayward heart is and how to respond to the heart with a rugged love. It is easy? Is it a list that you cross off? No. It is much more. It is resting in the grace of God and walking in suffering. I saw myself more as the wayward in this text, so it helps knowing how my heart is prone to wander. What sets it off. However, the text is more driven to those that must love the tough love with mercy and grace. How we carry the shame and the guilt and how we can look to the work of Christ to heal our own hearts. This book is honest and real. It deals with hard stuff that takes grit and a love that does not give up. Highly recommend.
A Special Thank You to Zondervan and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.