Love, Pray, Listen

Parenting Your Wayward Adult Kids with Joy

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"Love, Pray, Listen offers empathy and grounded biblical wisdom to help parents thrive, no matter what path their adult kids take."--PASTOR STEVE STROOPE

Wisdom and Hope for Parents of Grown-Ups

As a parent, your role changes drastically after your kids grow up. You fear heartache and strained relationships when your children choose difficult--even seemingly wrong--paths.

Love, Pray, Listen is the gracious, practical resource you need for navigating the rocky terrain of parenting grown-ups. In this book, mom and author Mary DeMuth answers questions like:

· What do I do when my kids make choices that don't align with my values?
· How do I keep communication lines open with my grown children?
· When do I speak, and when do I listen?
· Is it possible to hold on to my joy when parenting is so hard?
· How do I avoid the temptation of meddling in my kids' lives?

Love, Pray, Listen offers a robust theology for long-term parenting gleaned from the discipleship model Jesus exemplified, one that carefully and thoughtfully applies his way of expressing love.

This is your invitation for spiritual growth and a path toward fulfilling relationships with your adult children.


"Mary DeMuth gives moms and dads a gift in Love, Pray, Listen. Using 1 Corinthians 13 as a frame, she offers parents with prodigals an honest way forward that allows space for grief, room for hope, and joy untethered from our kids' choices."

Rebecca Ashbrook Carrell, Bible teacher, author, veteran radio host, host of the Honestly, Though podcast, founder of the HeartStrong Faith Women's Bible Conference

"As a pastor for over forty years, I have walked a lot of families through crises, and I've watched how the hearts of parents break when their kids stray. I wish I'd had a resource like this to encourage parents through that bewildering journey. Mary DeMuth offers empathy and grounded biblical wisdom to help parents of adult kids thrive, no matter what path they take."

Pastor Steve Stroope, founding pastor, Lakepointe Church, Rockwall, Texas

"As a parent of adult children, I know firsthand the joy, pain, and confusion that can come from these complex relationships. Mary's book is an incredible resource I will keep nearby. It's full of biblical encouragement and practical tools that help me love, pray, and listen more effectively."

Jodie Niznik, host of the So Much More podcast

"After reading Love, Pray, Listen, I experienced conviction leading to repentance, which birthed inner peace. In the pages of this groundbreaking treatise, Mary unearths parenting from the deep waters of God's unconditional love. Most of all, she delivers to those of us parenting adult prodigals wise counsel and hope!"

Rick Howerton, author

"In Love, Pray, Listen, Mary DeMuth has given a beautiful book and an exquisite and powerful gift. Jesus said to love as he loved, but that seems impossible. Mary walks, word by word, through the 1 Corinthians 13 love chapter. She opens up every phrase for our understanding, revealing how God makes it possible for us to love our adult children as Jesus does."

Judy Douglass, author and podcast host of When You Love a Prodigal

"I love the way Mary DeMuth walks us through 1 Corinthians 13 to help us process any guilt, regret, or ongoing parental doubts. Being in a relationship with our kids now that they are adults is tough, and her book helps to make things a little easier."

Susan Seay, podcast host of Mentor for Moms

"Mary gives authentic voice to the myriad of emotions that parents experience when adult kids wander wayward. Instead of ultimatums, Mary equips parents with godly wisdom wrapped in a scriptural framework that allows parents to unconditionally love their adult kids, even if they aren't traveling in the same theological lane."

Barb Roose, speaker and author of Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus and other books and Bible studies

"With 1 Corinthians 13 as a framework, DeMuth shepherds us through the challenges of loving our adolescent and adult children. But don't be fooled. DeMuth hasn't merely written a book about parenting. She's written a book about learning to trust a loving God in a cosmos where our sense of control is an illusion, but where joy remains available even amid struggle. She's written a book about the gospel and applied it to our most formative and intimate relationships. There is profound truth here that every parent, and every Christians, needs."

Skye Jethani, co-host of The Holy Post podcast and author of What If Jesus Was Serious?

The Author

  1. Mary DeMuth

    Mary DeMuth

    Mary DeMuth ( is an international speaker, podcaster, and author of over forty books, fiction and nonfiction. As an avid Bible reader, she has guided many people into the Scriptures to supercharge their faith. Mary lives in Texas with her...

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