The next item up for review the the TOS crew is a book called Papa’s Pearls. As you probably already know (but I have to state it, because the FTC thinks all blog readers are dummy’s), I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. Of course, that doesn’t mean I have to give a good review, but in this case… I am. :)
This book is a series of lessons, or “pearls”, if you will, passed down from a father to his children. This father, lovingly called “Papa” by his children, has now passed on, but one of his kids, Diane Flynn Keith, wanted to make sure his pearls of wisdom didn’t pass on with him, so she wrote this book.
Papa grew up in the Depression Era and had to overcome many obstacles to become the loving, nurturing man he grew up to be. It was through the ‘school of hard knocks’, as the author termed it, that Papa learned life lessons that he would pass on to his children and grandchildren.
I received my first pearl, that I will start implementing immediately in our home, on page 4 of the book! When Papa got in trouble in school, he would have to write out his multiplication tables… therefore, he was a whiz at math. Whatever teacher thought of that, is a genius! It could apply to spelling words too… or anything you want your kids to learn. Love it! Now, to be fair… this wasn’t necessarily one of the lessons the author was sharing that Papa had taught her, but I was nonetheless happy to have read it!
The real pearls of wisdom were the bigger lessons, like, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” or “If you ever need anything-You’ve got it!”. This is how each chapter in the book was titled. The title was a sentence. A sentence that Papa would say to his kids to help them form their life experiences. Each sentence had a story behind it which would be laid out within the chapter in an interesting manner, making it easy to read.
Besides being interesting, it’s an easy read because it is only 109 pages with 17 chapters. Each chapter is fairly short… just telling the story of that particular ‘pearl’. I think my favorite though, was not even one of the 17 chapters… it was the Epilogue at the end. It talks about how, in his final days, Papa wanted everyone in life…in the world… to know they are loved. What a wonderful man! He is struggling just to breath and get the words out and he is still worried that people won’t know how much they are loved! No wonder Dianne wanted to write a book in his honor.
There are many times when my dad is talking that I wish I had a tape recorder going, because I know myself well enough to know that I probably won’t remember what is said. Fortunately, I remember the feeling. And, sometimes that’s good enough. However, just as we all say we should keep baby books, so that we can always remember all the cute things our kids did when they were younger… maybe we should also have a parent book. The parent book would hold all the gems of advice and life lessons that our parents tried to teach us. Then, when we are having a bad day or think we need advice on something, maybe reading a couple pages out of the parent book will suffice in helping us come up with the right thing to do in that situation.
I do recommend this book. If for no other reason than to remind us of the pearls of wisdom our own fathers or grandfathers passed on to us. We all need that reminder!
You can purchase the book through the author’s website for only $14.97 plus shipping and that includes the author’s autograph.