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Finding Home: An Imperfect Path to Faith and Family Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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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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Where was his dad? He had left three years previously - "the liquid mistress too seductive for him to resist". Had he been a runner for Al Capone as a boy? Jim and his four older siblings will never know. Both their parents pasts are shrouded in absolute secrecy. Maybe they were in the Witness Protection program?
Jim lived in fear. As the baby of the family, born in 1961, alcohol had been a major problem before his birth. Sobriety reigned for four years after Jim's birth and then temptation came calling and his dad fell back into his old habits.
Did Jim actually enter the military at the age of 8? No, but his new stepfather, Hank, sure made it feel like it! Jim's mom died when he was 9. His dad was nowhere around and Hank had gone back to life on the bottle. When the kids came home from their mom's funeral, the house had been emptied (Hank had sold everything apart from a few of their clothes and personal belongings) and Hank was walking out the door! What did they do? Where did they go? If you did not know that you were reading a true story, you would think this was too far fetched to be true! Sadly Jim's life did not get any better at this point. By the age of 10 he was accused of murder! Thankfully the social worker believed him when he told her that the accusation was not true but still a lot for a young child to have to deal with. Although Jim found himself in some crazy situations it is amazing how God used other people to protect him from more serious dangers.
Throughout all this Jim longed for a real man to mentor him, to come alongside him and tell/show him how to grow up. Eventually a couple of mentors did come into Jim's life and make an incredible difference, leading him down the Christian path and helping him grow as a Christian once he had made that decision. Even still Jim still struggled with incredible loneliness during his college years. How did he meet his wife Jean?
Above is just a very brief synopsis. Read this well-written, INCREDIBLE story of how God really can change a life around taking someone with nothing and making them into an instrument HE can use for his glory. There is ALWAYS hope no matter how bad you think your particular situation is. Don't give up! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
Read it my friends and let the healing begin!