I received One Father's Heart: How Christ Restored a Wounded Heart by Richard H. Ehrman.
A cathartic collection of memoirs, Ehrman recalled how his lack of true love for his two daughters drove them to drug addiction. With actions directly perpetuating their drug abuse because of a lack of courage to confront them all with the truth, his family crumbled. But the very end of the book brought out the boldness of trying to make things right and Ehrman's journey to know the grace of Jesus Christ.
One Father's Heart: How Christ Restored a Wounded Heart was brutally honest and sincere. Reading about the lack of love and support really tore my heart, and many times I was in disbelief at the actions of one who called himself a father. While the stories were compelling, there came a point where I just wanted them to stop because it almost became too much for me to bear. I am relieved to know he is on his journey of healing, and many have been helped because of his family's struggles.
Ehrman's style is simple to read and understand. Some times the chapter breaks also created breaks in the continuity though.
After reading it, I'm again reminded of the important role that parents play in the lives of their children, and I cannot, for any amount of time, neglect to love and teach my children. But before that even happens, I need to know the truth for myself before I can present truth to anyone else.
I'm sure One Father's Heart: How Christ Restored a Wounded Heart has also been instrumental in Ehrman's healing processes. This would be such an encouraging read for fathers, especially ones who have realized they have enabled their children to develop harmful habits, because they'd know their story wasn't yet finished. But I was intrigued to review this book because I wanted to know Ehrman's personal story, to hear the other viewpoint of a father who drove his children to be drug addicts -- I'm not sure that I was ready for the grim realities he shared.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Deep River Books (July 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935265687
- ISBN-13: 978-1935265689
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**I received a free copy of this book from Bring It On! Communications for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own.**