This book cover showing the back of a father's head and the beaming face of the blonde daughter he holds grabbed my heart. My four granddaughters are all blonde and over the years, I've seen many times that their dads have picked them up and carried them. Even the way the little girl holds her own hands and grins is spot on to the way one of our granddaughters hugs her dad. From the moment I saw the book, I hoped that the inside was as inspiring as the cover. I believe it is.
Husband and wife, Rob and Joanna have written a collection of prayers to guide fathers as they pray for their daughters. As Rob shares in the introduction, they've seen how much their parenting strength and wisdom has grown as they've laid specific concerns before the Lord. Glancing over the table of contents will direct a father (parent) to a wanted topic -- When She feels inferior,
When She is angry, When She's Bored, When She's rebellious, When She feels pressure to achieve, and more. Prayers can be adapted to the gamete of ages. Interspersed with the prayers are some true life dad/daughter stories.
Recent statistics show that the relationship between a girl and her father is a strong deciding factor in how well the girl will navigate life as an adult. If that relationship is crucial, imagine how much more important is the relationship between the girl and her heavenly father. We, as parents, are given the responsibility to cultivate that relationship. Dads (and Moms) who recognize how important family dinners are, how vacations can bring us closer together, and who are willing to coach softball and such, but who find that they don't pray over their children often enough, will see wonderful examples of praying the specifics in this book. I like that each prayer need is coupled with appropriate Bible verses. The verses themselves are lessons in faith and trust. I will be passing the book on to some important people in my family. It would make a wonderful Father's Day gift.
Rob and Joanna Teigen will be publishing a similar book in fall 2014 for mothers and sons. They've also written 88 Great Daddy-Daughter Dates. Rob is also the author of The Big Book of Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids under the name Rob Elliott. I received a copy of this book for review purposes from Revell Nonfiction. All opinions are mine.