Review of Papa's Pearls- a Record of a Father's Words to His Family

 photo papaspearlslogo_zps7e410f29.jpg I’ve always thought to write down all of the great sayings my father has said over the years. He has some good ones. I was pleased to review Papa’s Pearls because author Diane Flynn Keith has done just that.

Diane groups some of father’s sayings into chapters of “pearls” and then expounds on her father’s life and the relationship he had with his wife, children, and grandchildren. This book sells on the Papa’s Pearls site for $21.97.

 photo papaspearls_zps509cd1df.jpg I took some time reading this book and considered whether or not I wanted to share it with the kids as a read aloud.

First of all, I loved the charming advice that Diane shared from her Papa. The things she picked to include are exactly the type of thing that can help readers really get to know her Papa- even though we’ve never met him.

Things I really liked about the book:

* The phrases that Diana shared from her Papa were sweet and memorable. I could almost picture a father and grandfather passing on these words to his family.
* Diana emphasized again and again the relationship that her father had with his children and grandchildren. I think that is very important in our culture today when people seem too busy to work on building relationship with their families.
* I think that concept of passing on words from the previous generation is a great one. We never know how long we will have our family members, and recording those special sayings is valuable.

I’m not so sure about:

* The books is not particularly Christian in content. Although Diane emphasizes values her father held dear, there are also things she mentions that he does that are particularly right from a Christian perspective. There is one chapter where Diane talks about her father’s Catholic faith in general terms.
* I sometimes wondered at the chapter divisions and the way “pearls” were grouped together. I wasn’t sure that some of the says really went together, and sometimes they didn’t seem to flow in an obvious way.

My conclusion:

The book was sweet and sentimental. I teared up a few times because as I read I could the love Diane’s father had for his family, and I could feel the love that Diane had for him. I’m not sure I will share the book with my kids. Because of the vagueness of a worldview and because of some of her Papa’s questionable behaviors that Diane shares, I don’t think I would use it as a read aloud.

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