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From the moment I opened this book and began to read it, I knew that I had chosen the right book to help me through this unfortunate journey that I am on. The words in this book have given me so much comfort and encouragement. I thought no one else could understand what I am going through but the author certainly does. If you're going through a hard time with your troubled child, I highly recommend this book. Dena Yohe points the way to God in this book. I have found the peace I was looking for. Thank you Ms. Yohe for your God-inspired words of comfort. You've helped me take the first step in trusting that God is with me no matter what happens. I am not alone.
A friend, knowing the painful experiences we have had with our prodigal daughter, recommended this book to me. I am only halfway through the book, but I am already wishing I'd had it 10 or more years ago as we began dealing with the problems hurting parents experience. I'm so grateful for the scriptures with each chapter and the gentle, gracious way of presenting what must have been a very difficult book to write. Sometimes while reading Mrs. Yohe's experiences my heart stops because I KNOW what she's talking about and that experience of your heart actually physically hurting from grief and loss. How wonderful to know that "You Are Not Alone" . Other parents have carried the same burden and God tells us His burden is light.... focusing on Him, His Word and His Will does indeed help. Thank you Dena Yohe for baring your soul in this book. It has and is blessing me.
What you are looking for is HOPE. This book provides that and if you are a believer may take your spiritual walk to a new level. My wife and I experienced "the perfect storm" last summer (not going into specifics here) with our 3 teens and I can tell you have been changed forever (painful as well as positive). We accept the fact that our family may not be the one we envisioned before starting our family. This book sort of kick started that process; Dena and her husband Tom have been pioneers with sharing their journey. My wife and I took an online parenting course (Love and Logic) and applied many principles in this book. We now facilitate a parents support group and pray together every morning for our family's needs. Sure we prayed prior to this but now the urgency and depth has changed our very being and souls. We love our children dearly and pray for their success but will not enable a destructive lifestyle. They will own their consequences good or bad. This has brought peace to our home as we continue to navigate daily. May this book be a Blessing to you as it has been for us!
I bought this book to help a friend through a difficult time with her son. The print is tiny, and there is too much material stuffed together, and unclear suggestions. For instance, when feeling tired and overwhelmed, it suggests you stretch or jump on a trampoline.
Much of the material is pertinent, and the bible verses used are helpful; however, the chapters cover too many subjects, and are rather disorganized. For instance, under the chapter of shock, it covers briefly bullying, cutting, mental storms, self-injury, mental illness, and imperfections, and the symptoms that children who are dealing with these issues may exhibit, and stories from parents.
The suggestions and bible verses used are helpful; however, the outlay of the book would be overwhelming for many parents to absorb. The book would be better to either have a workbook to go with it, or narrow down the content of the chapters.
As a hurting parent this book is so essential! When I read the chapter on Fear, I had woken up that day fearful and anxious and this was exactly what God wanted me to read. I love how Dena reminds us that no matter what happens God never abandons us and we won't be alone, how we can let go of the false belief that even if our child is never ok that our children have to be ok before we can be ok and that I can be ok because of HIM and somehow I would survive because of HIM. These powerful words spoke to me right where I was at that day. She also talks about how facing our fears strips them of their power in our lives and sets our hearts free and offers ways to cope with our fears. I love how she incorporates her daughter Rene's thoughts and insights in the book - this is so helpful hearing Rene's perspective & advice to parents. Dena's style of writing is so compassionate, so insightful & I love how she offers scripture to go along with each topic as well. I definitely recommend if you are a parent suffering to read this book!
Once I started to read this book, I could not stop. We have a mentally challenged daughter and have struggled to get the help we needed. Dena is a wealth of information on many levels in dealing with troubled youth. My wife and I have finally found help after 40 years in the wilderness. All the topics that are in the Hope for Hurting Parents workbook are exactly what hurting parents are looking for. George and Candi Hawk, Facilitators for Hope for Hurting Parents in The Villages, Fl.
This is a necessary read for any parent who is currently or previously gone through traumatic issues with wayward children. Dena’s insight and transparency touched my heart and opened my eyes to so many realistic things I could do starting today to begin a recovery period for myself. I have been lost in a battle with a prodigal adult child for more than ten years and honestly felt like I was at the end of my rope. This book has given me hope and encouragement that I desperately needed. God knew I needed this. Thank you Dena! I highly recommend this book!!!
I was hurting so badly when I came across an advertisement for this book. It was truly a lifeline to me. Dena shares her journey openly and it was such a blessing to connect with someone who truly understands. Her words, woven with Scripture, brought me a glimpse of hope. It offers sound advice that can easily be applied when dealing with your troubled teen. I can’t thank the author for writing and sharing her story, along with her daughter sharing her journey. I am able to keep going...knowing I am not alone.
Quite often as I am reading You Are Not Alone, I think it was written just for me. Most of my pages are underlined and highlighted! The author speaks from her heart and it has been touching mine. It is truthful, full of wisdom, and relevant for parents of prodigals (whether "new" or "old" or "sort-of" or "really bad" prodigals). I'm so thankful for this book and the help, hope and encouragement it is bringing me.
We are parents of 6 children, three of which has dealt with many of the behaviors and choices that Dena Yohe describes in her book, You Are Not Alone. I highly recommend the book for those parents who are at a loss as to how to cope and are burdened with guilt. Dena writes with empathy for those of us who continue to look for hope in the midst of difficult circumstances with our troubled kids. She not only gives positive perspectives through scripture and wise counsel, but the needed encouragement in improving our lives to be the best we can be for our kids' benefit.