Reclaiming Our Prodigal Sons and Daughters

By Scott Larson, Larry Brendtro, Posted on 11/19/10

Reclaiming Our Prodigal Sons and Daughters offers a penetrating portrayal of the rootlessness of many of today s youth and a powerful, four-step plan for reaching them. This resource is based on the best research and practice available on positive youth development. Part one of the book discusses the nature of the problem, while part two presents a fresh model for reclaiming our prodigal sons and daughters using four steps, including cultivating trust through reparenting, cultivating competence through redirecting, cultivating responsibility through reconciling, and cultivating commitment through redeeming. The unique feature of Reclaiming Our Prodigal Sons and Daughters is its accent on the spiritual dimension of contemporary youth problems and on the role that members of faith communities can play in reclaiming youth in conflict. The book makes a strong case that we fail to meet all of a young person s needs unless we nurture their spiritual dimension.

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