Dr. James Banks has been a pastor and church planter for more than thirty years. Through articles, devotionals, videos, podcasts, and books--including his best-selling Prayers for Prodigals--he encourages people to pray. He and his wife, Cari, live in Durham, North Carolina, and have two adult children. Learn more at JamesBanks.org. Geoffrey Banks serves as the high school coordinator at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. He loves reaching students where they are and helping them walk with God. He is an avid surfer and skater. Geoffrey struggled with heroin addiction throughout his teens and early twenties before coming to know Jesus and having his life radically change. Now he is host of the podcast Too Many Christians, which explores beliefs in the pursuit of ultimate truth.
"There is one particular line in the children's fable The
Velveteen Rabbit that always moves me to tears: 'You are a
terribly real thing in a terribly false world, and that, I believe,
is why you are in so much pain.' Reading James and Geoff's story
instantly re-minded me of that line. Hope Lies Ahead is a
must-read for any family pulled at the seams by addiction,
rebellion, or pain. It is a painfully beautiful tapestry of the
heart of a father, the desperation of a prodigal, and the hope
found in Jesus. More than anything, James and Geoff's willingness
to wrestle with vulnerability is a living corroboration that love
really does never fail."--Stuart Hall, director of Student
Leadership and Leadership Networking for Orange (ReThink Group);
leader of INFLUNSR; speaker, author, and coach "From the
"Triumph out of tragedy. It is not just a pie-in-the-sky slogan but a testament to the redeeming grace of God. Never is this truth more beautiful than in our families. In recent years, I've been blessed to pray with my friend James Banks as we have watched triumphant grace bring miracles in his son's life. Now, through the pages of Hope Lies Ahead, we can all trace God's redemption in this raw but real account of Geoff's journey of transformation and subsequent call to fruitful ministry. If you have a prodigal or know anyone who does, make this your next book because God has tailor-made doses of hope and healing for all."--Daniel Henderson, president and founder of Strategic Renewal International; author of Transforming Prayer: How Everything Changes When You Seek God's Face "From the Publisher"