Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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In 2008, more than 2 million brides walked down the aisle leaving fathers and mothers behind. Maybe one of those beautiful girls moved out of your house.

She Still Calls Me Daddy by Robert Wolgemuth offers advice for fathers using the analogy of remodeling a house. A father releases his daughter physically, emotionally, and spiritually when she cleaves to her husband. This relational remodeling project requires communication and acceptance.

The concept of a “new normal” provides the book’s foundation. As young ladies date, they explore the family dynamics and habits of other households. Newlyweds then meld their ideas into a new normal.

Robert Wolgemuth takes this premise to the next level and asks fathers to facilitate healthy new relationships with their grown daughters. I especially appreciate his honest disclosure of his own experiences. He gives the reader the opportunity to laugh at his mistakes and cry over his disappointments.

Practical suggestions are scattered throughout each chapter. Readers who prefer a structured format will like the “Remodeler’s Checklist” summarizing each chapter in a lighthearted, sincere tone.

She Still Calls Me Daddy will be on our parent resource shelf for years to come. As our daughters grow up, it will continue to provide encouragement and insight.

She Still Calls Me Daddy by Robert Wolgemuth (Thomas Nelson)

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