“May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit―Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality.”
God has used this author’s story of forgiveness to melt my heart.
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Many of us grew up in families where one of our siblings was the favorite child—either
because that one did everything right in his parents’ eyes or because he was so needy.
Whether you are the good one or the neglected one, you will find fresh insight in
this eye-opening book.
Each page is like a diamond drill bit that is opening and exposing the truth in my
life. I cannot thank you enough. Your book is bringing confirmation and a joyous
truth to the very things that God has been leading me through and to.
Sue’s story of the struggle to forgive the prodigal in her family was featured on
Total Living Network's "Aspiring Women" television show with Tammy Maltby, Sharon
Rose, and Michelle McKinney Hammond.
Sue's first book follows the parable Jesus told of the prodigal son, but with a twist:
it's in the older brother that she sees herself. The prodigal in her house was her
brother, Danny, who began using drugs before he was a teenager, and the painful years
that followed found Sue standing outside the family circle, looking in, watching
the disintegration of those she loved over decades of fruitless struggle. The emotions
associated with our families are always complex, and after becoming well-acquainted
with resentment, despair, and even hatred, she realized she was also a prodigal,
but one close to home--the one who stayed and waited to be acknowledged for dutiful
She says, “Most everyone is familiar with the story Jesus told of the prodigal son—a
young man who demanded his inheritance and left for a distant country to squander
every penny in wasteful living. But how many of us give much thought to his older
brother, the one who remained at home? Other than to point to him as an example of
ingratitude and pride, the older son is little more than an afterthought in sermons
based on this parable in Luke 15.
“But the older brother was as far away from a relationship with his father as his
younger sibling. He, too, had to make his way home. I call him the prodigal brother,
and his story is my story.”
“No one who heard Jesus tell the parable missed that God was calling to the sons
who had left the family, and that He was shedding light on the bitter, conceited
attitude of the Pharisees, the 'older brothers' who had stayed within the fold and
who claimed the inheritance of Abraham and Moses but whose hearts were blind to God’s
desires and intentions. Jesus described their vanity in the parable of the Pharisee
who stood apart from the tax collector in the temple and proclaimed in prayer, 'God,
I thank you that I am not like other men . . . even like this tax collector' (Luke
18:11). Their pride is evidenced in the older brother’s refusal to enter the house
where the younger brother was being celebrated.
“I have no problem seeing the 'frontal view' of this parable. It is clear to me that
Jesus wanted to show His listeners that the Father desired His lost sons to return
because He loved them. He also wanted the 'older brothers' to understand the spirit
of the Law and the Prophets and rejoice with the Father when wayward children come
home. But I understand the older brother. I relate to him more than to anyone else
in the story. Like many who share a similar tale, I had a sibling who, at an early
age, gave his life over to drugs and alcohol. His impairments, his inability to thrive
rightly, affected my family in the most profound ways. He was the prodigal and I
was the dutiful older child who stayed at home.”