Monday, March 16, 2009

Don't Let Me Go

Don't Let Me Go is one of the most delightful, inspiring, thought provoking books I have read in a while. The true story of a father and daughter team that conquerors many things, including a father's coming of age. The subtitle of the book tells the story: What my daughter taught me about the journey every parent must make".

A book within a book, David W. Pierce watches how his daughter maneuvers over and around obstacles, encouraging her dad to come along on the journey. What an awesome thought when your kids want you along for their journey. He takes the challenge and in the process gives the reader insights into his own youth, the pain he endured growing up, now wanting to make a real difference in his daughter's life.

Chera, David Pierce's fifteen-year old daughter reads a book about a wilderness adventure and announces that she wants to climb a mountain. What her father heard was his daughter is growing up and the games they used to play are no longer on the board. A few weeks later, they bought matching backpacks and the adventures began.

Over a three-year period they climbed five mountains and ran in two marathons. Together they suffered sore muscles, bitter cold, sprung knees, shin splints, and broken spirits. But they also reveled in blazing sunsets, glissaded on a glacier, and celebrated numberous civtories great and small. And in the process, they built an unshakable father-daughter bond that will stand the tests of time.

In Don't Let Me Go, David Piece--the husband of popular Christian comedienne Chonda Pierce--offers a down-to earth, funny-yet-serious book for parents with the same universal appeal as Bob Carlisle's heart-tugging song, "Butterfly Kisses," only with well-worn running shoes and an ice axe.

About the Author:

David W. Pierce is the coauthor of two children's books with his wife, and a memoir, Salvage. He has written ten short stories appearing in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mysttery Magazine. A professor of English at Middle Tennessee Sate University, he also teaches at Taylor University in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. David and Chonda and their family live in Tennessee.


1 comment:

Terri Tiffany said...

This book sounds awesome! The cover is appealing and that he put together their times together and HE grew makes it sound great!