Title: “Finding Home: An Imperfect Path to Faith and Family”
Author: Jim Daly
Publisher: Jim Daly, 2007
Page Count: 226
Jim was abandoned by his alcoholic father at 5 years old. He lost his mother to Cancer four years later. While he and his siblings were away at his mother’s funeral, his stepfather emptied the home of everything, leaving the children just a few of their clothes. Jim was tossed around from foster home, to his dad’s home, to various siblings’ homes, until finally at age 17, he was completely on his own and homeless. He even begged the college he was attending to allow him to stay on during Christmas because he simply had nowhere else to go.
Positives: This was a very well written book. Jim never focused on the bad things (and there were plenty) that happened to him as he was growing up. He said he often felt there was something drawing him in a particular direction, then after getting saved, he said he knew it was the Lord who was pursuing him throughout his life.
Negatives: The author used several scriptural passages, but they were all from the NIV. I would have preferred he had only put the scripture reference and then I could have looked up that scripture for myself in the KJV.
Other Books by the author: ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God's Heart; The Best Advice I Ever Got on Marriage: Transforming Insights from Respected Husbands & Wives; Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength; 2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow's Kids
Final Words: At age 15, Jim gave his life to the Lord and everything changed as he allowed The Lord to work in his life. “I am living proof that no matter how torn up the road has already been, or how pothole-infested it may look ahead, nothing – nothing – is impossible for God.” Jim has been the president of Focus on the Family since 2005. From orphan to president of a major company…only God can do that!
I would like to get this book into the hands of teenagers who think their lives are over because they may have had a bad start in life and they feel sorry for themselves. God can use anyone who is willing to be used. I used to sing a song with the teen girls at my church called “Willing” and part of the song says, “all I can be is willing"
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6