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Book Review: I Still Believe

Title: I Still Believe

Author: Jeremy Camp

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My Thoughts:

When Celeste and I were enduring our infertility issues — and especially after our adoption of Jaden fell through — my faith took a big hit. It was both hard and necessary to cling to a God who allowed so many difficult things to happen in our lives. Music was one of the things that kept my head and heart into the game, and I was quickly drawn to Jeremy Camp’s music. Through his lyrics, I could tell he had experienced some personal tragedy in his life, but I had no idea what it was.

I Still Believe is part autobiography and part telling Jeremy’s greatest heartache and how he came out of his deepest valley.  At the age of 23, Jeremy’s wife Melissa died of ovarian cancer, just months after they were married.  It was out of this despair, that he wrote one of his biggest songs “I Still Believe.” (See the video below.)  All through the book, I saw how prayer, studying Scripture, and interacting with godly people helped build a faith that withstood horrible situations and came out refined on the other side.

Personally, I could really connect with how he said that he actually didn’t want to sing that song about believing, because he didn’t feel like he did believe at the time. Yet, he chose to obey and sing songs of praise and tell his story over and over (and still does more than a dozen years later).  I really didn’t want to read this book and live his emotional roller coaster with him, but I’m glad I did.

If there was one thing I’ve learned through all the craziness of our lives (infertility, miscarriage, adoption woes, bizarre diseases) is that we all have crud in our lives. How we handle that crud will determine the strength of our character and who we become in life.  Whatever your crud is, this could be a great book to help you on your journey.  Just bring a box of tissues with you as well.

 

 

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Life to Her Years

Shortly after becoming a daddy, I stumbled upon a brand new blog called Life to Her Years, which is written specifically to dads with daughters. I loved the blog and immediately started following it.   The blog has cute pictures of dads and daughters with pithy pieces of advice.  Let’s face it.  Every girl needs a strong daddy figure to help her grow up with self-esteem and self-confidence.

Michael Mitchell, creator of the blog, has recently turned the blog into a book, which I just finished reading. While the pictures and captions would be familiar to any reader of the blog, seeing them all condensed into one place is just an amazing experience for any daddy.  And let’s face it… If can read the whole thing and not get a tear in your eye at least one time, I doubt you are a real man.

I’m thinking this would make a great Father’s Day gift for a dad who is raising some young ladies. Just follow the link below, buy it, and your Father’s Day shopping is over.

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http://www.amazon.com/Life-Lessons-Dad-Parties-Promises/dp/143368277X

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