Monday, March 1, 2010

"Mother Daughter Duet" by Cheri Fuller & "Dancing With My Father" by Sally Clarkson

"Mother Daughter Duet" by Cheri Fuller is a nice little book for mothers with older daughters. It guides them through why it is often so hard for mothers and daughters to get along as time goes on. From letting go to forgiveness to encouragement and more, this book gives firsthand advice to mothers. There are even personal stories from the authors inserted, as well as perspectives from adult daughters themselves. The book occasionally relies on Biblical teachings, referring to verses while not actually quoting them. This manual is great and sheds some real light on what most women think of as "walking on eggshells." With candid truth and speech, this book is exactly what the title claims it to be.

"Dancing With My Father" by Sally Clarkson is about learning to trust in God like a child. While it is geared more towards adult female readers, male readers will find reassurance in the overall message. Clarkson goes over her personal accounts of failure, prayer, desperation, and salvation. She frequently quotes Scripture, as well as other famous quotes. Each chapter concludes with a series of questions to the reader with space to write responses. There is also a prayer that readers can pray that relates to the theme of each chapter. Clarkson's stories are those pertinent to a middle aged mother, so not everyone will find them riveting. However, her reliance on God and perseverance in faith is admirable. This book is nice for a rainy day when one has nothing to do.

These books were provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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