Loving Your Adult Children: The Heartache of Parenting and the Hope of the Gospel

By Gaye B. Clark

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Loving Your Adult Children: The Heartache of Parenting and the Hope of the Gospel

By Gaye B. Clark

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Gospel-Centered Framework for Navigating Relationships with Adult Children

As kids grow, so do the pains of parenthood. Patterns of miscommunication and resentment can cause damage over the years, leaving parents and adult children with a fractured relationship. Confused, hurt, and sometimes angry, moms and dads can struggle to know where to turn for help and where to look for hope. 

With grace and empathy, author Gaye B. Clark comes alongside readers bearing the weight of parenthood. Encouraging readers to view themselves as image bearers of God first and parents second, Clark shifts readers’ focus to their relationship with Christ while showing how the relationship between parent and child can be a catalyst for understanding the gospel. Loving Your Adult Children examines the fruit of the Spirit in relation to parenting adult children, offers study questions for reflection, and shows how walking with God is the best next step for struggling parents.  

  • Appeals to Parents of Adult Children: Empathetically addresses the pain and suffering associated with parenting 
  • Lasting Gospel-Centered Hope: Shifts readers’ focus from their horizontal relationship with their children to their vertical relationship with Christ 
  • Biblical Perspective: Discusses each fruit of the Spirit and how they apply to relationships with adult children
  • Reflective: Study questions provide tools to help readers apply the book’s content 


Gaye B. Clark

Gaye B. Clark is a registered nurse and has worked with young adults for more than twenty years. Gaye is a widow and mother of two adult children, Anna Wiggins and Nathan Clark, and grandmother of three.

Product Details

Title: Loving Your Adult Children
Subtitle: The Heartache of Parenting and the Hope of the Gospel
Published: May 07, 2024
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8932-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8932-4
Retail Price: $16.99
Binding: Paperback
Trim: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Page Count: 176

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Faith
Chapter 2: Repentance
Chapter 3: Grace
Chapter 4: Hope
Chapter 5: Church
Chapter 6: Patience
Chapter 7: Goodness and Kindness
Chapter 8: Gentleness and Self-Control
Chapter 9: Faithfulness and Joy
Chapter 10: Peace and Love

General Index
Scripture Index


“Our friend Gaye Clark has written a wise book on a weighty topic—long-term parental love. With engaging illustrations and biblical examples, Clark helps us care for our adult children more meaningfully. And even better, she helps us look to our Father God as we love our adult children. We—and they—are not alone in this journey.”
Ray and Jani Ortlund, President and Executive Vice President, Renewal Ministries

“There are precious few resources to help guide parents in the launch phase of their parenting years. As a father of a child in college and three more soon to follow, I am thankful for the wisdom of this book. Being a mom or dad to an adult child is complicated and fraught with potential landmines. With experience, biblical wisdom, and grace, Gaye Clark helps families move into this new season of life. You will want this book in your library.”
Daniel Darling, Director, The Land Center for Cultural Engagement; author, A Way with Words; Agents of Grace; and The Dignity Revolution

“We never stop being parents, but what does parenting look like when our children are grown? Gaye Clark’s book, Loving Your Adult Children, is a gospel-saturated, grace-infused, and Christ-exalting look at parenting adult children. She points our gaze to the one who loves our children best. As a parent on the cusp of being an empty nester, I needed this book. You will too.”
Christina Fox, counselor; speaker; author, Like Our Father: How God Parents Us and Why That Matters for Our Parenting