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

April 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

  This was a very g 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 […]

JRF’s #7: Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan – 288 pages

April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

This book, titled after the author’s son’s first written sentence, is a collection of musings about parenthood from Comedian Jim Gaffigan.  Much like his standup, Gaffigan’s writing is clever, sarcastic and generally clean.  Being the father of five children living in a small apartment in New York City provides many amusing stories, reflections, and even a few heart warming sentiments. To get a taste of this book check out this clip from Gaffigan’s stand up (in the clip he had 4 kids.  He now has 5) : Share on Facebook

Ron’s #38: Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

December 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

 Beautiful Boy is subtitled “A Father’s journey through his son’s addiction.”  I first saw this book for sale in a Starbucks several years ago, and it sounded compelling. I saw it in Entertainment Weekly magazine, and I read about it in a few other places. Our school library had it in a featured section, and I took another look at it last month. The topic hit me more than before now that I have two sons. What if one of them became a drug addict? How would I react? Just reading the jacket blurb made me feel that ache in my heart over losing one of my two boys to a destructive habit, so I decided that it was time to read it. I’m glad that I did. Sheff is a master at this format, taking the reader through many aspects of addiction, especially in addiction to methamphetamines. He writes the account in present tense, an odd decision as most stories are commonly told in past tense. Shaff’s present tense makes us going along the journal with him. This technique helps the narrative feel more important and uncertain. The strongest aspect of this story is a father’s love for his […]

Ron’s #29: The Tempest by William Shakespeare

November 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

This one is not new to me, but I seemed to enjoy it more for some reason. I liked the protective relationship that Prospero has with his daughter Miranda, and the focus on possible criticism on New World colonization that Shakespeare could be proposing. While the plot is overly complicated and some parts unnecessary (the wedding Masque is dull, dull, dull), it’s an easy entry point into Shakespeare’s plays. I’ll take this play any day over Romeo and Juliet.   Here’s my previous review Share on Facebook

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