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Finding Home: An Imperfect Path to Faith and Family Hardcover – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434799948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434799944
  • ASIN: 0781445337
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 2005, Daly has been president and CEO of Focus on the Family, the conservative Christian organization founded by child psychologist and Republican activist James Dobson. Daly's childhood family sorely needed focus: the last of five children born to aging alcoholics, young Jimmy experienced his father's abandonment, his stepfather's rages, his mother's death and several years with a gloriously insane foster family living next to their own personal garbage dump. He apparently avoided beatings and sexual abuse, though his chirpy coauthor rarely plumbs the depths of Daly's probable anguish. Rather than looking inward, the young adolescent developed a pragmatic philosophy of survival: Keep your expectations low. That way you don't get hurt. Somehow, despite homelessness and lack of income, he made it through college, studied overseas, married a good woman, climbed the career ladder and, sadly, still advises low expectations. I believe it's time we were open with one another about the brokenness that we all share he writes, though his story reveals much more of his family's brokenness than his own. Dobson fans—and they are legion—will find Daly's rags-to-(spiritual)-riches story inspirational; others may wish he had dispensed with his coauthor and spoken directly from the heart. (Sept.)
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"A Focus on the Family executive since 1989 and now its CEO, Jim Daly endured a cruel childhood. He survived his parents' divorce and then an abusive stepfather only to lose his mother to cancer at a young age. This up-from-the-ashes memoir gets even more grit and texture from the author's early experiences in a crime-ridden Los Angeles suburb. How does any human being survive such losses without losing his sense of what home and family can be? Smoothly written, this is a story that should inspire those whose life circumstances challenge their faith in themselves and humanity. Jim Daly's reading of his poignant story adds first-person legitimacy, though some of the emotional impact is flattened by his uneven delivery." 
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Read it because it will impart these traits to you.
M. A. Sibbitt
I loved the touching story of this young mans journey though very painful times.
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A hope-filled book that lights your pathway to the family God wants you to be!
Dr. David Frisbie

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Sibbitt on June 1, 2008
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Jim Daly's book is not just inspirational. It's important because it is real. It is as real as the chipped linoleum floor of a crummy kitchen in a lousy apartment building. And that's about as good as his future looks. How he overcomes betrayals, heart aches, deaths, and a slew of disappointments is amazing.

It is THE amazing grace in the end that sends this story into a realm that couldn't just happen without some divine help.

Focus on the Family is lucky to have this guy. He's the real deal. He's the genuine article, not fake, not flattering, not unfamiliar with real struggle. He knows how important a family is because he didn't have it.

This would be a great movie; uplifting and meaningful...something movies have not been in a long time....and it's so gritty even Focus on the Family could not handle it.

This book took courage and bravery to write. Read it because it will impart these traits to you.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim M on September 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is so much more than an autobiography of a man with a troubled childhood who becomes successful. It is instructions on how to uncover and understand God's presence in your life from your first memory of suffering as a child to your present crisis. Never has a book, so easy to read, helped me to discover and see God's grace and redemption play out in my life as a person, husband and father.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Littau VINE VOICE on May 29, 2009
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Jim Daly's book Finding Home was compelling. Although he never suffered physical or sexual abuse the other things he and his family endured were still things that no one should never have to endure. The fact that he grew up as a hopeful boy is remarkable to me. Every day people give up over less than Jim endured on one of his bad days.

The part of the book that really resounded in me was his account of his mother's death. I suppose the reason was that my own sister died and left five children, the youngest being six and eight years old. I saw my nephews in that chapter as they suffered over their loss. No one could take the place of their mother. The difference was that Jim and his siblings had no one to hold them and tell them that all would be well.

His narrative rang true in that he wrote the way a boy thinks. Boys can squeeze out joy in the middle of hard times as long as they have access to a bicycle or a ball and bat. This book emphasises the importance of people stepping in to make a difference in the lives of people that cross our path. Coaches, teachers, pastors, and friends are necessary for kids. We must be there to lend a listening ear and wise council. This book is a "must read".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Frisbie on April 24, 2008
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Jim Daly and Bob DeMoss have combined their gifts to produce an excellent book for married couples and parents. Well-written and positive, the book constantly points us to enduring values --- and thus away from the stress and strain that so often sidetrack us.

How do you see past the daily grind? The answer is a change of focus: Daly shows us what we ought to be thinking about, looking at, and considering as we raise children, manage a career, and forge a family.

A great wedding gift --- helps new couples think about these issues on a pre-need basis. An excellent anniversary present --- shows couples how to unite around common goals and common ground.

Well-written, encouraging and always realistic. A hope-filled book that lights your pathway to the family God wants you to be!

Dr. David & Lisa Frisbie
The Center for Marriage & Family Studies
Authors of: Raising Great Kids on Your Own: A Guide and Companion for Every Single Parent
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Langston A. Spell on January 20, 2008
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Jim Daly's early years read like the start of a sort of horror story that gets worse and worse a time goes on. If you have struggled with anything and become discouraged, get this book and see what faith can do for you (as it did for Jim Daly).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Veritas on June 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The newly (2007) released autobiography of the life of the current president of Focus on the Family (I read this in 2007). Jim grew up in an extremely dysfunctional home (both parents alcoholics), in bad neighborhoods (someone killed 15 feet outside his bedroom), and was a victim of his parents divorce, his mother's death at a young age and his father's later suicide. It spite of all this, with God's grace, he survived to rise to the head of an organization that helps families keep their family units together functionally. A truly amazing story and easy to read. 226 pages.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. P. Lippard on January 18, 2010
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I love this audio book. I have bought 3 different books for Christmas presents. It is a great example of how God will work through difficult situations.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patti Chadwick VINE VOICE on February 22, 2008
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This was an excellent book. The author shares so much of his own personal life - much of which was heartbreaking. But he also shares how he was able to rise above his past to become the man God wanted him to be. This book will give you hope that you, too, can rise above your own past and have a fulfilling, life of purpose.
It was definitely worth reading. I'm putting a copy in my church library to share it with others.
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