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That's My Girl: How a Father's Love Protects and Empowers His Daughter

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    A Must Read for Dads Raising Daughters of Any Age

    I picked up a copy of Rick Johnson's book, That's My Son, when I was on a reading binge of books concerning raising boys. I have four of them. I needed to understand what makes them tick, what my place in their lives was, and how to shepherd them when their father is busy at work. I'd heard that girls were difficult because of their emotions and feelings and such. But boys bring their own challenges, trust me.

    So when the opportunity to review Mr. Johnson's newest release, That's My Girl, arose, I wondered what he had to say about raising a daughter. What I discovered was a fantastic book written from the heart of a father who only wants what's best for his "little" girl and to protect her from all this world has to offer.

    Every man should read this book, whether his daughter is due in a week, twelve years old, nineteen years old, or an adult. Every man should read this book if he is married, dating, or considering either. Why? Because the statistics Rick Johnson splatters throughout the pages of his book are shocking, revolting, and will move you to protect the virtue of womanhood (and girlhood).

    My stomach turned somersaults as I read the gripping statistics of what happens when a girl doesn't have a solid, trustworthy, go-to guy for a dad. Passion emerged from deep within me as I read accounts from women of what it meant when their father was there for her or what it meant when he abandoned her. Mind you, abandonment doesn't necessarily mean he wasn't physically present. Abandonment can occur when a father isn't emotionally or mentally present, as well.

    I reflected on my own relationship with my father, both growing up (when he wasn't there for me emotionally and, occasionally, physically) and now (under God's grace and forgiveness, restored). I thought of the stories I could tell of what his absence caused in my life. I thought of the stories I could tell about how several of these principles apply to married life and the relationship between a husband and a wife. I thought of the stories I could tell of God's love for us as girls and women. My heart filled with more passion as I continued to turn the pages of That's My Girl.

    Rick Johnson went the extra mile for us ladies when he wrote this book. It's evident he is concerned with the state of our affairs, the lack of noble men in this day and age, and the effects it will have on future generations. If you would like to feel the support of a strong father figure, I recommend reading this book. If you would like to know what a true father "looks" like, I recommend reading this book. If you are a man raising a daughter or even simply married, I recommend reading this book. If you are a woman dreaming of some understanding from her husband or dreaming of the day your husband steps up to being a father to his daughter, I recommend buying this book for him.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    Great tool to encourage Father/Daughter relationships!

    This is a book written for Dads, to help them navigate the often confusing journey of parenting a little girl. Rick is a father of a daughter himself and shares a great deal of insight into his own parenting style with his daughter and many stories about this lives together.

    I enjoyed how Rick began the book by giving a more scientific explanation about the make-up of girls. While I have read some of this before, as you are raising them you can forget what is making them tick. I enjoyed an overview of the chemical effects going on in our little girl¿s minds and bodies.

    Next, Rick goes into the impact and importance of Mom and Dad and how they need to relate to each other and to their daughter. I found everything he said to be true in my own upbringing, making me realize how important those things are with my own daughter.

    I really liked the chapter where Rick discussed Bonding with your Daughter. He talked about healthy affection and how if Dad is providing the affection our daughters need, they are less likely to look for that affection from other boys. My favorite point, however, was when he was talking about making memories with your daughter. Do the same thing every year for her birthday, or call every Valentines day, etc; simply something that is always the same for them to look forward to or count on. These little things will become very important to our daughter as she grows up and the rest of the world seems against her and unpredictable.

    Rick is very transparent in this book about his relationship with his daughter, which was anything but perfect. Through his personals stories you can see the reality that each daughter is different. While all these points and ideas are good, it is important for us to know our own daughter so that we can be the parent she needs us to be.

    I am clearly not a dad, and yet enjoyed this book thoroughly. I thought many of Rick¿s points were just as valuable to a mom as a dad. However, I am asking my husband to read this book in the coming weeks so we can talk about it. And I hope that he will read it again in a few years to remind himself of what he learned.

    This is a great book for dads. A great tool to have in the toolbox as your daughter gets older and more ¿complicated.¿ I think every parent would benefit from reading this book, and I look forward to reading Rick¿s other book That¿s My Son, in the future (as we have a few of them too!).

    NOTE: I received this book at no cost, in exchange for an honest review by Revell Publishing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    I like it

    A new way of looking at my daughter and a must read for any dad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Imari to b& b

    Bella: y am i here wutt happened?...
    Brandon: then y duh fuq r u crying? We had to cancal the wedding summthin we worked 5/4 hrs for..

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    Posted April 13, 2013


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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    The Importance of a Father's Love and Protection

    That¿s My Girl by Rick Johnson is one of the most comprehensive books on father/daughter relationships and how that relationship affects a daughter¿s life forever. Though Rick did not become a Christian until his children were eight and ten, God has used this man to encourage dads to become deeply involved with their daughters. An earthly father¿s love displays the love of God the Father to girls. This is imperative for a girl to develop confidence and empower them to become the daughter of God that she was meant to become.

    Does that mean every dad should be perfect? No! It means for them to seek God and His Word to guide their daughters in Godly virtues.

    The chapter titles include:

    What are little girls made of¿biological and psychological make-up
    Her father¿s influence¿the power of a father words
    Communicating with the female species¿how to listen
    Bonding with girls¿time and healthy affection
    What a girl needs from her father¿unconditional love and truth
    Danger, Will Robinson!¿emotional health
    Protecting her¿physically, emotionally, mentally, and sexually
    Uh-Oh! She¿s becoming a woman¿her virtue and your views on dating issues
    Character training¿character traits all girls need
    The Father Blessing¿spiritual development and the father blessing

    All these titles may seem familiar, but Rick¿s comments and examples address the issues much more deeply than I even expected. His book is personal and profound. This is a must-read for all men and fathers.

    The only topic I would have liked to have seen included is homosexuality. It¿s rampant today, and God has very strong commands on the matter.

    I am also aware of another book by this author that would follow suit with this one, which I have not read yet, but will¿That¿s My Son. So if you need more guidance in raising your children, or your church is doing a class on parenting, I feel confident in recommending Rick¿s books.

    This book was provided by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant, Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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