ByRegina M.on June 7, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Beautiful and engaging book about surviving and prospering after growing up in a dysfunctional family.
This book is half poetry and half narrative prose. It is told by two brothers, Sam and Gerry Gott. Sam is the primary author.
I’m very impressed by the style of the book, for it is an emotional and raw telling of events tempered with insightful moments that shaped the way these two brothers see the world today. It is about their life journeys. From poor to financially well off. From emotional broken to loved and centered. From a feeling of self doubt to one of self worth. From a non-spiritual beginning to finding Christ. From not knowing what good parents are to raising independent and well adjusted children that have a sense of what family is really about.
This book will make you think. It will also make you cry.
The brothers grew up in the early 1940s. Their father was some sort of military / CIA operative and kept moving the family around every few months. The mother was a homemaker (well, she lacked the skills to make a decent home by today’s standards). Both were alcoholics, both were verbally abusive, and both didn’t know how to love themselves, let alone their family.
The boys spent a lot of time at Boystown, which was a blessing. They also left home by 17 and joined the military.
The poems and prose talk about all aspects of life – what it was like moving around so much, a lack of schooling (because they kept moving), early childhood years when they thought no one understood or loved them, relationships with women, finding Christ, relationships with their children, work, military service, and growing older.
Most books about dysfunctional families spend most of the pages defining what one is, not showing you the emotional scars. Most authors of books involving dysfunctional families write about resenting the world, they want to explain why they are the way they are, or they want to spread negativism in their book. Not this one. You see the growth, the hope, and the resolution. The authors demonstrate their forgiveness and their ability to have moved on.
A must read. 🙂
I am so thankful for this review. Regina got from the book exactly what I was trying to say.