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God has used this author’s story of forgiveness to melt my heart.

Maureen Moore

Voice & Piano Studio

Benicia, California

 

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.

Florence Littauer

Author of Silver Boxes and Personality Plus

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.

Jerry Piper

The Art Connection

 

If you don't have this book, get it! In the all-important arena of interpersonal relationships . . . Sue's book is at the top of my all-time list. It is that good, and it is that important.

Ralph Harris

LifeCourse Ministries

 

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Radio

Sue is interviewed on the popular radio show “Engaging Women” by hosts Kim Weir and Pam McCune.

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Sue has written for Focus on the Family Magazine and Brio and is a contributor to The One Year Life Verse Devotional.

 

 

Television

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 behavior.

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.”

 

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