My Father and Me is the story of Katia Florencio Parker, her father, André Florencio; her mother, Diana; and her brothers, and it’s also the story of her father’s lover, the ambitious Daniela, and her children. Besides many other characters in the narrative, a special character appears almost at the end of the story: Iracema, who becomes part of André Florencio’s life. The fictional narrative is told in flashbacks. The language in My Father and Me is simple yet captivating. The story is written from the perspective of a child who turns into a teenager and then a young woman. She marries, and she becomes a mother. Her childhood memories emerge as if she is having a dream and then wakes up and decides to write a story. By recollecting the past, Katia writes an intriguing story of love, betrayal, compassion, and perhaps a vindication of rights as well and, in the end, forgiveness.
“When I first discovered the grainy picture in my mother’s desk—me as a towheaded two year old sitting in what I remember was a salmon-orange-stained lifeboat—I was overwhelmed by the feeling that the boy in the boat was not waving and laughing at the person snapping the photo as much as he was frantically trying to get the attention of the man I am today. The boy was beckoning me to join him on a voyage through the harrowing straits of memory. He was gambling that if we survived the passage, we might discover an ocean where the past would become the wind at our back rather than a driving gale to the nose of our boat. This book is the record of that voyage.” When he was sixteen years old, Ian Morgan Cron was told about his father’s clandestine work with the CIA. This astonishing revelation, coupled with his father’s dark struggles with chronic alcoholism and depression, upended the world of a boy struggling to become a man. Decades later, as he faces his own personal demons, Ian realizes the only way to find peace is to voyage back through a painful childhood marked by extremes—privilege and poverty, violence and tenderness, truth and deceit—that he’s spent years trying to escape. In this surprisingly funny and forgiving memoir, Ian reminds us that no matter how different the pieces may be, in the end we are all cut from the same cloth, stitched by faith into an exquisite quilt of grace. “Simultaneously redemptive and consoling with bright moments of humor . . . this story is chock-full of sacredness and hope. Cron is one of only a few spirituality authors who could articulate these themes as poignantly.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY “Ian Cron writes with astonishing energy and freshness; his metaphors stick fast in the imagination. This is neither a simple memoir of hurt endured, nor a tidy story of reconciliation and resolution. It is—rather like Augustine’s Confessions—a testimony to the unfinished business of grace.” DR. ROWAN WILLIAMS, Archbishop of Canterbury “Ian Cron has the gift of making his human journey a parable for all of our journeys. Read this profound book and be well fed, and freed.” FR. RICHARD ROHR, O.F.M., author of Everything Belongs “Ian Morgan Cron is a brilliant writer. This is the kind of book that you don’t just read. It reads you.” MARK BATTERSON, author of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
My Father and Me is an autobiographical story that incorporates some of my most cherished memories that I have chosen to share with the reader, which is filled with love, a smidgen of danger, and good old-fashioned family values. It all starts in Sicily, Italy, in 1896. Families were migrating to America for a better life as harsh economic times were felt by all. My father Frank starts a gambling house, and it becomes quite successful. The mob steps in, and things get dicey. Frank must figure a way out or else. The family’s many activities and interactions sometimes lead to unexpected consequences. While the stories of my experiences growing up are lively and delightful, the stories from my dad and those from friends and family are heart-warming stories of respect and most of all love.
The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan
Author: Michael Reagan
Publisher: Humanix Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life." —Ronald Reagan Noted political commentator Michael Reagan, the son of Ronald Reagan and first wife Jane Wyman, has traveled across America, giving speeches and meeting the public. Time and time again, people tell him how much they love and miss his father, and what his presidency meant to them. In a world where role models are few and far between, Ronald Reagan’s legacy stands strong. In Lessons My Father Taught Me, Michael Reagan looks back over his years with his father and reflects on what he has learned from the greatest man he has ever known—and one of the greatest men the world has known. When Michael was growing up, his father would drive him out to his ranch. There Ronald Reagan taught Michael how to ride a horse, how to shoot a gun, and much more. As they drove together or did chores together, Michael’s father told him stories and taught him about life, love, family, faith, success, and leadership. Michael didn’t fully appreciate those lessons at the time, but years later he remembered—and he understood. Now, Michael Reagan shares his father’s wisdom and experience in this inspiring book.
"The fifth of eight children, Chris Forhan was born into a family of silence. His mother and father often sat in the same room but exchanged no words. He and his siblings learned, without being told, that certain thoughts and feelings were not to be shared. On the evenings his father didn't come home, the rest of the family would eat dinner without him, his whereabouts unknown, his absence pronounced but unspoken. And on a cold night just before Christmas 1973, long after dinner, the rest of the family asleep, Forhan's father killed himself in the garage--a new silence. Forty years later, Chris speaks into the quiet his father left behind, digging into his family's past and finding within each generation the same abandonment, loss, and silence in which he was raised. Like Ian Frazier in Family or Philip Roth in American Pastoral, Forhan shows his family as both a part and a product of its time. My Father Before Me is a family history, an investigation into a death, and a stirring portrait of an Irish Catholic childhood, all set against a backdrop of America from the Great Depression to Elvis Costello. Lucidly and unflinchingly, Forhan attempts to understand his father and ultimately himself in order to avoid passing his family's silence on to his children. To separate this silence from the introversion that inspires him as a writer, he courageously confronts it, telling the story that his family will not tell, and piecing together the fragments of the life that his father chose to leave"--Provided by publisher.
"My father in Me" is a compilation of stories experienced by Andy Kelley, former Underwater Demolition Team member (Navy Seal), and his son, Patrick Kelley. This book illustrates how the life of one person can positively influence multiple generations through example, word and intent. In turn, it helps us understand that we too, alter the lives of others as we interact in both positive and negative ways. "My Father in Me" also demonstrates how the "Kelley Mystique," a dangerous genetic trait, intrinsically motivates an individual to do some of the craziest things. This collection of life experiences, both humorous and heart-breaking, are wonderfully woven into a beautiful fabric called life. Each chapter, accentuated with a family picture, takes us step by step closer to our Heavenly Father through a deeper relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. The book asks probing questions and addresses awkward life situations that are frequently avoided. Ultimately, "My Father in Me" uncovers the purpose of life and the importance of love and family.
This book is about how God used a man that could not read nor write to instill Godly values into his children's lives. He was a man that prayed with his family, making sure that prayer was a number one priority. He worked hard to provide for the family, walking in authority. He knew how to discipline, yet show real love in the anointing of God. This caused a small child to realize how important it is to pray. She saw the difference in the life of a father that prayed and lived a life before her. Even through near death experiences, divorce, tragedy, and sickness, she finds out that the power of prayer is real, and now she is also walking in the same spirit of prayer to instill into the next generation. There are seven steps in this book that God used to orchestrate this which is guaranteed to work.
Notes My Father Left Me creates a detailed sketch of a widowed father who papered his own house with notes written to himself and to anyone else who might be around. When he died, his son, Ray Iallonardo, found the notes. He then decided to combine them with his own reminiscences and comments, creating an unusual portraiture of a man who held strong opinions and who found no details too small to merit his attention. In the end, the fathers notes enabled him posthumously to become the straight man for his sons lovingly humorous and slightly sentimental musings. If you find joy in seeing the deep reserves of mirth that can flow from the tiny and mundane details of life and if you enjoy seeing someones likeness emerge from a mosaic of many small tiles, then you will enjoy reading the words and viewing the images in Notes My Father Left Me. When you are finished, you may find yourself tempted to post a note on the cover of this book: Keep this and read it again when I need to laugh.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19.7 million children, more than 1 in 4, live without a father in the home. Consequently, this has caused a father absence crisis in America. Every day, little boys and girls are growing up, going through each stage without that important role a man ultimately plays in a child's life. My father was one of those little boys and through that experience found his purpose: to be the best father to his children that he could be...and he was. On October 31, 2016 I lost the greatest man I?ve known, but the lessons he has taught me will live on forever.
The perfect gift for parents this Father’s Day: a beautiful, gut-wrenching memoir of Irish identity, fatherhood, and what we owe to the past. “A heartbreaking and redemptive book, written with courage and grace.” –J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy “…a lovely little book.” –Ross Douthat, The New York Times The child of an Irish man and an Irish-American woman who split up before he was born, Michael Brendan Dougherty grew up with an acute sense of absence. He was raised in New Jersey by his hard-working single mother, who gave him a passion for Ireland, the land of her roots and the home of Michael's father. She put him to bed using little phrases in the Irish language, sang traditional songs, and filled their home with a romantic vision of a homeland over the horizon. Every few years, his father returned from Dublin for a visit, but those encounters were never long enough. Devastated by his father's departures, Michael eventually consoled himself by believing that fatherhood was best understood as a check in the mail. Wearied by the Irish kitsch of the 1990s, he began to reject his mother's Irish nationalism as a romantic myth. Years later, when Michael found out that he would soon be a father himself, he could no longer afford to be jaded; he would need to tell his daughter who she is and where she comes from. He immediately re-immersed himself in the biographies of firebrands like Patrick Pearse and studied the Irish language. And he decided to reconnect with the man who had left him behind, and the nation just over the horizon. He began writing letters to his father about what he remembered, missed, and longed for. Those letters would become this book. Along the way, Michael realized that his longings were shared by many Americans of every ethnicity and background. So many of us these days lack a clear sense of our cultural origins or even a vocabulary for expressing this lack--so we avoid talking about our roots altogether. As a result, the traditional sense of pride has started to feel foreign and dangerous; we've become great consumers of cultural kitsch, but useless conservators of our true history. In these deeply felt and fascinating letters, Dougherty goes beyond his family's story to share a fascinating meditation on the meaning of identity in America.
One of the major problems that have resulted in total disorder in various homes is "the father problem." What worsens the matter is the greatest threat it becomes especially in the lives of the children, that goes the opposite direction of God's original plan. This book contains ten essential lessons to help you consider, pursue and achieve success in the management of your home, but which my father never taught me.
Sara Davies' story is one of abuse, neglect, betrayal and, ultimately, survival. When she was just 5 years old, her violent father began to sexually abuse her. She suffered in silence for many years, as her father took advantage of her innocence and her mother turned a blind eye to the horrors that were taking place in her own home. It was only when Sara found the courage to tell her mother what had happened that the truth about the trauma and abuse she had suffered came out. In an attempt to rebuild her life, as a teenager, Sara became a model but even this choice was to lead to more misery when she discovered that the agency had been drugging and abusing her. Despite the horrors that Sara has endured, she has survived and, partly by telling her story, has overcome the past to re-build her life.