The Prodigal You Love
The Prodigal You Love

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Noble FSP, Theresa Aletheia 

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When your loved one falls away from the Church, treat them gently and with great love.

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About this Book:

"The tragedy of God's longing, and of ours, is that even God, despite his omnipotence, chooses not to guarantee our loved one's return to the practice of the faith. God does not force anyone to be in relationship with him; if he did, it would not be a relationship of love." -From the Introduction

When someone you love leaves the Catholic Church, they need a great deal of prayer and love. However, approaching that person with the charity that they deserve and need can be confusing. Sr. Theresa Noble, a former fallen-away Catholic, gently voices ways to talk with and love those who have fallen away.

Starting with her story, Sr. Theresa covers the necessary parts of talking with those who have left the Church, told through the lens of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. She addresses the virtues and traits of the father, and how they should apply to approaching those you love. With gentleness, she encourages you to approach them where they are, while emphasizing the importance of the faith.

Above all, she reminds you that God loves your Prodigal even more than you do. With her gentle encouragement, she will lead you to continue to hope for their conversion, so that you might share the joy of the Father when The Prodigal You Love returns home.

Features & Benefits:

  • Offers practical advice for approaching fallen away Catholics with love
  • Written by a formerly fallen away Catholic
  • Includes lectio divina with the Parable of the Prodigal Son

About the Author:

Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP is a former atheist who, thanks to the grace of God, has returned to the faith she was raised in and now tries to help others bring their loved ones back to the faith. A few years after returning to the Church, she heard God calling her, so she left her job in Silicon Valley to join the Daughters of St. Paul. She now lives in Miami, where she prays, evangelizes, bakes bread, and blogs at Pursued by Truth.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

"Sr. Theresa Noble really understands what works - and what doesn't - when it comes to reaching out to fallen-away loved ones. This book should be required reading for any modern Catholic."
Jennifer Fulwiler, author of Something Other Than God

"What could be more important than loving a soul to heaven? Sr. Noble is gifted at sharing her wisdom that helps bring loved ones home to Jesus and his Church!"
Tom Peterson, author/founder of Catholics Come Home

"An insightful guide to reaching the de-churched from an often-overlooked perspective. Sr. Theresa Noble has been there and back. A must-read for all those with loved ones they wish to call home."
Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, authors of Rebuilt and Tools for Rebuilding

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What Are People Saying about this Title?

"Taken together, there are enough former Catholics in the United States to be the equivalent of the second largest denomination in the country. Noble was raised Catholic, became an atheist, and later returned to her childhood faith, eventually joining the Daughters of St. Paul. Using her own story as a backdrop, and the parable of the Prodigal Son as a framework, she has written a practical guide to approaching, talking to, and praying for family and friends who have left the Church. More than an instruction manual, and much more widely accessible than a scholarly work of theology, this book provides a spiritually uplifting resource for loving people back into the faith.

Noble's narrative is supported with scripture and Church documents, especially the writings of the three most recent popes, and includes testimony from various individuals who have returned to the Church or helped others on their journeys back home. Her approach emphasizes gentleness, respect, and maintaining the freedom and dignity of others. Some of the topics she covers include common objections to the faith, the importance of the sacraments, and maintaining hope in seemingly impossible situations. Overall, Noble eschews trite platitudes, oversimplifications, and coercion, and instead encourages the living of an attractive life, with Jesus, Mary, and the saints as models. This book is highly recommended for all parish libraries."
- Brian T. Sullivan, Catholic Library World review

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Trim size: 5 1/4 x 8 inches
Pages: 208

Keywords: fallen away, reverts, converts, conversion, New Evangelization, Catholicism, doubt, ex-Catholic, recovering

Dr. Daniel Norman McNamara says...
This one is not for you if you are looking for a quick-fix strategy that will automatically drive all of your loved ones back to Mass. This is not what Sr. Theresa, once a "lapsed Catholic" herself, presents to us in this her first and profoundly autobiographical book. Instead, her pages sketch out a far more difficult road to follow. She challenges her readers to focus on who they need to be, rather than what they need to do or say. Our goal in her vision is to become real witnesses to the God Who is always ready to welcome all of us back home. Sr. Theresa wisely reminds us that this journey is unlikely to be a short one, nor one whose outcome is solely up to us. Appropriately, Sr. Theresas first chapter calls us to humility. She recalls that in her case it was from the humility and simplicity of others that she came once again to find meaning in God. It was not from their complicated arguments, or angry attempts at verbal sparring, or the bald dismissal of her and her wrenching personal experience of a Catholic family devastated by her fathers sudden loss of his job in her teenage years. Thereafter each of the authors dozen chapters reflects a wisdom about things that is far beyond her years. And I find myself returning to each individually as I think upon so many of my friends, family and loved ones whose stories are as individual as they are. My own favorite chapters focus upon our need to find a balance between Love and Truth, and Accepting Doubt and Embracing Doubters. Others readers will be more attracted Sr. Theresas practical and helpful suggestions about Responding to Illusory Ideas, Why Our Faith Matters, and the vital task of Becoming a Person of Hope. For many , however, the most poignant chapter of this relatively brief book (191 pages) will be the one entitled "Respecting Free Will". Here Sr. Theresa recalls her mothers wisdom and patience in staying in their relationship, and features the authors carefully considered suggestions about the need to "share the faith", to do so without compelling, and to remain mindful of "the power of silence", the response that occurs to most of us rarely if at all. All in all, there is much here to learn from and to reflect on over time for many of us who find ourselves struggling to relate to their loved ones who have similarly drifted away from the Church and even from God, and who are unable to think it somehow doesnt matter. Quite thoughtfully, our author has capped her book with a ten page appendix of thoughtful prayers for those of us who find ourselves knee deep and sinking in facing this complex issue in our own daily lives. This is clearly a book that belongs in every parish library and in every Catholic home.

Charles says...
Every priest needs to own several copies of this book to distribute to parishioners who are grieving the loss of their childrens faith. This is a profound yet very useful approach from someone who has been there and understands what works and what doesnt. Highly recommended!

Jill says...
If you have loved ones who have left the Church (or are just not into their faith) and you want to help bring them closer to God, this is the book for you. The authors tone is balanced, gentle and clear. I completed each chapter with new insights into the beauty and difficulty in evangelizing ones loved ones. I finished the book with renewed hope, a practical strategy AND I was spiritually nourished.

Liz W says...
Beautifully written book. I am hopeful that I can use some of these principles to help encourage family and loved ones to find their way back to the church. Sr. Theresas story is an inspiration. I could not put his book down!
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