In Search of A Father’s Blessing by Doug Stringer

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In Search of A Father’s Blessing is written by Doug Stringer. The author uses bible verses and statics to stress the importance of having a father figure in the family. He points out that in recent generations many families are having struggles as a result of not having a father in the home. The author also uses incidents in his personal life in this book. Doug is the son of a divorced couple. His father and step father were Vietnam Veterans who turned to alcohol. His father was not there for him very often as a result of his military career.

When Doug’s father was dying, Doug often found reasons not to visit him. Doug reference the song “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin at this point. This song is from my teen years and I see it so common in my adult life. Many times fathers are so caught up in their careers and providing for the family, that they do not take time for their children. And as the children grow up and leave home, the father now has time for them, but the children are busy with their lives and don’t have time for their father.

This is a good book. I did not always agree with the stereo typing the author did of fatherless families as I know a lot of single parens who have done a wonderful job raising children who become responsible loving adult. I did however, appreciate the second and third parts of the book. The one part in the book that really stands out to me is taken from On the Edge of Eternity. “It’s time for the children to come forth, and we must give them strength. It’s time for the church’s rebirth, and we must persevere through the delivery!

God’s intended purpose is to being a great awakening to and through this generation. We must awaken from slumber and heed the Lord’s call for our nation and the world in this crucial hour.

The bottom line is this: God is doing something! We don’t need to fear what is happening but embrace it and take is one bit at a time. We must be willing to go with the change. We need one another; we simply cannot do it alone. There is a treasure in this generation, and we must find it

I received a copy of this book from Book Club network for an honest review.

160 pages

ISBN-10: 162911705

ISBN-13: 978-162911705

Publisher: Whitaker House


With My Eyes Wide Open by Brian “Head” Welsch

_140_245_Book.1925.coverWith My Eyes Wide Open, written by Brian “Head” Welch is his story of leaving the band “Korn” to devote his life to raising his daughter Jennea. In 2005 he turned his life over to Christ, left Korn, and started to be the best dad he could to his daughter. He moved them to Phoenix, Arizona and tried to make a career going solo. He connected with Edgar, providing lots of money for business adventures, and recording his music. One thing he did not do, was keep an eye on how Edgar spent his money and he eventually ended up in financial and legal issues due to how Edgar did business. The story takes from the time Brian left Korn and his daughter was a little girl, up to his return to Korn and his daughter being a teenager in trouble.

This is a very good book. It is encouraging to see how a person can be in a major band, extremely wealthy and addicted to Meth turn away from that life, accept Jesus, focus his attention to raising his daughter and find himself struggling to have money for food.

I read to learn a little bit about the band and music my children listened to. I am so glad I read this book. The struggles Brain went through after leaving Korn were overwhelming to read. I appreciate that he stressed that he would turn to pray to help him through the hard times. I think this book would be a great book for any aspiring musician to read, to read what goes into trying to make a success in the music world. I also think this would be a great book to read for parents who are struggling with their teens, especially those who have children that harm themselves.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Blogger.

240 page

ISBN-10: 0718030605

ISBN-13: 978-0718030605

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

You Are Not Alone by Dena Yohe


You Are Not Alone: Hope for Hurting Parents of Troubled Kids is written by Dena Yohe. Dena is a former social worker, pastor’s wife and mother of 3 children. This is a look into their life as parents of a troubled child. Their middle child, Renee, has multiple diagnosis of mental illnesses. She was a cutter, an addict to drugs and alcohol and often on the edge of suicide. Dena’s story included lists to help parents watch for signs of self-harming and relapse.

Dena also included valuable information for parents who are going through this struggle. She stresses the importance of taking care of yourself, seeking help, talking to family and friends and making sure your marriage and other children are not neglected as a result of the troubled child. Dena writes about the importance of prayer, not just for the troubled child but also thankfulness for other things in your life.

The authors daughter, Renee, has also included some input in the book. She lets us know what it was like for her to go through this, how she felt about her self and what she was doing to her family. She also writes about helpful things that could have been done to ease her pain and suffering.

I think this is a really good book for parents whether they have a troubled child or not. It would be very beneficial for parents of troubled children, but also very helpful to those who know families with troubled children. I like that the author included advice from other parents and a section from grieving parents who have lost a child to this struggle. I especially like the section in the book for those who want to help. This section gives suggestions on how to be helpful and what to say and not say. The author has also included a lot of resources and a chair exercise to help with anger and loss.

I received an uncorrected proof of this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

224 pages

ISBN-10: 1601428375

ISBN-13: 978-1601428370

Publisher: WaterBrook (July 19, 2016)

Renee can be viewed on youtube talking about her music and life at

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