JRF’s #10: What Every Woman Wishes Her Father Had Told Her by Byron and Robin Yawn – 177 pages


This was a very ghttp://my52books.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3985&action=edit&message=6#ood book.  With a decent editor, it could have been a great book.

I’ve read quite a few “dad parenting daughters” books, and this was by far the best.  The Yawns book is packed full with Biblical truth, practical wisdom and personal anecdotes that were both hilarious and heart-warming.  Perhaps it was because I read much of the book while away from my family, but I must admit the book had me tearing up on multiple occasions.

The raw material presented in this book spurred on much deep thinking and great conversations with my wife.  While each chapter has value, perhaps the most impressive chapter is Chapter 5:  Biblical Womanhood – It’s More Ridiculous Than You Think.  This chapter was written by Byron’s wife Robin, and includes the best and most Gospel-centered refutation of Rachel Held Evan’s hit piece  A Year of Biblical Womanhood I have ever read.  This chapter alone is worth paying twice for the book (even though I got it free at the Shepherd’s Conference).

So that’s some of the very good material this book has to offer.

Now two quick critiques.  Firstly, and more importantly, the book often seems confused about who it is writing to and who is writing.  Are the authors writing to fathers? Daughters? Wives? Mothers?  The general Body of Christ?  At times it seems like each of these audiences are specifically addressed.  In addition, while more often than not the writer is identified, there are a few instances where I got halfway through a chapter thinking I was reading the words of a father talking to his daughter about her future husband, only to have the author on the next page talk about her husband – meaning who I thought was the father writing was the mother and she may have been talking to her daughter or maybe she is talking to other women in the church who are already married.  Confusing right?  Not impossible to follow but with a few edits the book could be made much more reader friendly.

The other, much more minor issue is Byron’s sense of humor.  At times his sarcasm makes the reading more enjoyable.  Other times it borders on the Driscoll-ish.  It didn’t really bother me too much, but I could see how it could limit the audience.  Related to this are the seemingly random 1-2 page jokes or gags in between each chapter like: Application for Permission to Date My Daughter ,  The Seven Stages of the Married Cold, Husband’s Communication Safety Guide….etc.  A few of these were mildly amusing but mostly they felt like chain-emails-from-my-weird-uncle-type-humor that does nothing to add to the value of the book and at times detract and distract from it’s value.

Overall a great book that I recommend to anyone who has a daughter or has been a daughter.

Byron Yawn has a companion book, What Every Man Wishes His Father Told Him, which I look forward to reading now that I have my own son.


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A broken sinner saved by the gracious work of Jesus Christ. Husband to the greatest woman of all time. Seriously. Father of 4. I enjoy surfing, SCUBA, basketball, and exploring. I also like to read and write and want to get better at both.

1 Comment on JRF’s #10: What Every Woman Wishes Her Father Had Told Her by Byron and Robin Yawn – 177 pages

  1. Good review, John. I’ve read his other book, and liked it well enough. Good comment about the audience. I don’t like when it seems to be for different people. It weakens a message, in my opinion.

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