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The Prodigal Son by Alison Palmer
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Mar 27, 2011

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The story was emotional and brought tears to my eyes several times.

My problem with the book is the idea that problems as serious as this family has can be resolved with fasting and prayer. No doubt they are one of the most important elements for the solution - if not the most important - but even the Mormon Church recognizes the need for counseling for serious problems and for addictions. It does not leave families alone if the addicted refuses counseling as there are programs for family members. In this book the only mention of counseling is how much of a failure any previous experience had been.

Perhaps it really isn't the responsibility of a novelist to have teaching moments for the readers who may be dealing with such problems - but isn't that one difference between a great novel and one that is just a good story?

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