Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Poignant Story of Growing up with and Alcoholic Father

This is a story that grips your heart from the first page. Ian Cron grew up in the kind of hellish family that can only be created by an out of control alcoholic. He wanted to love his father and be loved in return, but his father was unreachable caught up in his own demons. Cron managed to grow up with the help of his beloved Nanny and Jesus. The church plays an extremely important role in this book. Sometimes the stories are hilarious, like a seven-year-old boy showing up to serve as an altar boy three in the morning. Others show the power of the church to give consolation and focus. I loved the story about stealing the host to feel close to Jesus.

I loved this book. It's well written. Sometimes it makes you cry, at others you laugh until you're in tears. Sometimes the stories are hard to read because they portray teenage angst so movingly. This book should be read by all parents. None of us are perfect and our children survive and even grow to love us for our faults, but an alcoholic or addictive household is another matter. Children are a sacred trust. We shouldn't lose sight of that in ministering to our own demons.

I highly recommend this book.

I reviewed this book as part of the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program.