Sent away to boarding school on his eighth birthday, Mark Stibbe watched his adoptive parents drive down a gravel road, leaving him standing in front of a huge country house with his trunk and his teddy. That night, already confused and frightened, he was given the first of four beatings in his first two weeks. This trauma of abandonment and abuse was to scar Mark's life until his fifties, when divorce forced him to deal with he calls his 'boarded heart'.
In this ground-breaking book, Mark argues that there are many thousands of wounded leaders just like him, men and women who suffer throughout their lives with homesick souls. This often leads to them being driven to succeed in their work while failing to engage emotionally at home. Home at Last tells a poignant story and offers a unique model of healing. It provides psychological insights, yes, but it also delivers the blueprint for a spiritual homecoming. Arguing that boarding schools are orphanages for the privileged, Mark shows how we can only truly find healing in the perfect Father's love.
Home at Last (2016)
My Father's Tears (2014)
In this enthralling book, Mark Stibbe offers a compassionate, biblically based understanding of salvation that will resonate deeply with those of us not easily won by a sin-focused, guilt-edged gospel. Taking a new look at the relationship between the Father and the Son at Calvary, the author explores in particular the Father's agony at seeing his dying Son in pain; the Son suffering the Father's absence; and the Holy Spirit as the bond of love between the two, holding them in an eternal embrace.
Dr Stibbe relates this to the orphan condition of separation and shame he has known personally in his own life. He suggests that in the excruciating picture of the grieving Father and the abandoned Son, we paradoxically discover the exhilarating Good News - that our true identity is as the adopted, much loved children of a God who longs to honour and heal us.