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What My Parents Did Right - Book Review

  • Whitney Hopler Live It Editor
  • 2002 16 Sep
<i>What My Parents Did Right</i> - Book Review

It seems to be fashionable for people to blame their parents for the troubles they’re undergoing as adults.  But no one has ever enjoyed a perfect childhood, because parents are people and people aren’t perfect.  Still, most parents do the best they can, and end up doing a lot of things right.  And plenty of children have grown up to overcome whatever difficulties they endured in childhood, because they decided to trust in God’s grace to help them make healthy choices themselves.

That’s why it’s so refreshing to find a book like What My Parents Did Right, a compilation of 55 different stories written by famous Christians (like Joni Eareckson Tada, Frank Peretti, Kay Arthur, and S. Truett Cathy).  Compiled by renowned Gospel singer and songwriter Gloria Gaither, the book recognizes many of the positive things parents do.  More than just expounding on the merits of various parenting principles (such as teaching the importance of telling the truth and giving lots of physical affection), the book illustrates them through real-life stories that are fascinating and often quite compelling.

This is a book that should motivate readers who are parents to actually apply the principles it presents.  The parents and adult children it profiles come from all walks of life, but share a common humanity and, often, a spirit of faith in God and commitment to family that’s inspiring.  Hopefully readers will take Gaither’s words in the epilogue to heart: “…whether, as a child, you came from a home filled with joy, stability, and love or one of chaos, fear, and neglect; you, now, can do something right and provide for your children or grandchildren a place of peace, love, joy, laughter and hope.”