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The Long Road Home: A Tale of Two Sons and a Father's Never-Ending Love

By Sarah Walton, Illustrated by Christina Yang

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The Long Road Home: A Tale of Two Sons and a Father's Never-Ending Love

By Sarah Walton, Illustrated by Christina Yang

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An Engaging Rendition of the Prodigal Son Parable for Kids

In this creative retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son, the youngest son, Wander, was willing to give up everything for his independence—including a relationship with his father and brother Goodness. With his father’s cash in hand, he left for the alluring towns of Perfection, Prosperity, and Popularity. Each new town brought a brief sense of happiness, but eventually, as the excitement wore off, he was overcome by a deepening sense of emptiness. It was then that Wander remembered his father’s words, “Wherever you go, my son, I want you to remember that I love you with a never-ending love.” 

The Long Road Home retells this powerful parable in a creative and understandable way for children ages 6–8. As kids hear about Wander’s difficult experiences and discuss them with their parents, they will learn joy is not found within themselves or in the world. Instead, children will rediscover the never-ending love of their heavenly Father, who gives them worth, hope, and identity when they put their trust in him. 

  • For Children Ages 6–8: Engaging story keeps kids focused on biblical truths 
  • A Retelling of the Prodigal Son: A classic parable told in a fresh and creative way 
  • Influenced by The Pilgrim’s Progress: Comparable storyline and tone to the famous novel The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Teaches Kids an Important Lesson: With the guidance of parents, young readers will understand their true identity, worth, and joy is found through their heavenly Father


Sarah Walton

Sarah Walton is the coauthor of Hope When It HurtsTogether Through the Storms; and He Gives More Grace, and the author of Tears and Tossings. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Colorado Springs with their four children. You can find more of Sarah’s writings at her website setapart.net.


Christina Yang

Christina Yang is an illustrator and designer whose work has been featured in a variety of storytelling mediums, including animated tales for VR, TV series, and feature films from both Illumination Entertainment and Netflix Animation. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she draws inspiration for her work from art, books, films, the beauty of nature, and God.

Product Details

Title: The Long Road Home
Subtitle: A Tale of Two Sons and a Father's Never-Ending Love
Published: October 08, 2024
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8891-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8891-4
Retail Price: $17.99
Binding: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Trim: 8.0 in x 8.0 in
Page Count: 56 + self ends


The Long Road Home beautifully retells the parable of the prodigal son with vivid illustrations and an added dash that harkens to The Pilgrim’s Progress. Adults and children alike will be drawn into Wander’s story as the biblical truths resonate in their hearts. It’s biblical and beautiful—my favorite combination.”
Korrie Johnson, children’s book reviewer, GoodBookMom.com

“In this captivating retelling of the parable of the prodigal son, Sarah Walton helps us imagine ourselves in the shoes of the two sons, offering kids and parents a map to show the places we go—and the place we truly belong. This book will help readers put words to their wandering and more deeply cherish the love of the Father.”
Caroline Saunders, author, The Story of Home and Kids in the Bible

“In this book, parents will find opportunities to speak about where we place our hope, and children will be drawn into the adventure. Even better, both will want to talk about our Father’s never-ending love!”
Darby Strickland, Faculty and Counselor, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

“This retelling of the parable of the two sons remains true to the biblical account while reaching young readers with the rich truth of God’s love. You will be moved to both gratitude and tears as you read aloud, reminded that God’s love requires no performance—just presence.”
Phylicia Masonheimer, Founder, Every Woman a Theologian