Item description for Longing for Daddy: Healing from the Pain of an Absent or Emotionally Distant Father by Monique Robinson...
Overview In "Longing for Daddy," daughters can discover the impact that an absent father has had on their entire life and learn how they can break free of resulting negative behaviors.
Publishers Description Where Was Daddy When You Needed Him? The absence of fathers is an epidemic plaguing our society, affecting families from every corner of our world and from all walks of life. Whether our fathers left us entirely during our childhood or were physically present but emotionally distant, those who missed out on an affirming, intimate father-love continue to experience the devastating consequences of that loss. - Are you angry at the world and don't know why? - Do you inadvertently sabotage relationships or smother those closest to you? - Do you rarely take risks or step out on faith? - Is there an undercurrent of anxiety in most tasks you perform? - Do you struggle to connect with God? - Do you have little or no self-confidence-or minimal self-worth? For women who answer "yes" to these questions, the common denominator is often an absent father. Far too many daughters have been stripped of a healthy relationship with their earthly dad. But real healing is within your reach. Discover how the absence of your father has impacted your entire life-your attitude, your actions, your beliefs, your decisions, and your identity-and learn how you can stop resulting negative behaviors, beak free, and experience a confidence-building, empowering love that will heal your hurts and fulfill your deepest longings.
Citations And Professional Reviews Longing for Daddy: Healing from the Pain of an Absent or Emotionally Distant Father by Monique Robinson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Black Issues Book Review - 09/01/2004 page 38
Library Journal - 12/15/2003
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 20, 2004
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1578566878 ISBN13 9781578566877
Availability 0 units.
More About Monique Robinson
Monique Robinson is the pastor of women's discipleship and a pastoral counselor at Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California, where she was ordained as a minister of the gospel. She is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling.
Reviews - What do customers think about Longing for Daddy: Healing from the Pain of an Absent or Emotionally Distant Father?
waste of time and money Dec 25, 2008
Probably the worst Christian book I've ever read. I found it unbiblical on quite a few occasions. This book is not beneficial at all. I had to quit reading it because it was hindering my healing. Terrible. If you're struggling to overcome a life without a father please, please don't buy this book. It will do more harm than good.
Sad surprise Jul 13, 2007
I dont have anything against religious books, but this one is written with a lack of reallity towards abset fatherhood.
I just got to read a few (awfull) pages, I wouldnt look for answers in this book.
When you can't change the past ... all you can do is move forward Mar 5, 2007
You can't rewrite the past or cause your father to be anything other than he is. The only thing you can do is find a way to get the need met that was sorely lacking in your growing up. This book is very much written for those of a Christian perspective and concentrates on the relationship with God the father as a healing one. If you agree with the religious undertones, then this book can help you. I would also caution those who were emotionally scarred by an absent father to get psychological counselling from a licensed therapist trained in abandonment issues. Healing the spirit and the mind is critical and Robinson's book is very strong on soul work.
Fathers matter and sadly not all girls get this benefit of an emotionally loving dad. No matter what the reasons for a father hunger .... there is hope and healing for those committed to turning it all around. You will never get back those years the way you want. You can only consciously learn the tools to cultivate the confidence in another way. Only you can heal you.
Loved it and shared with others Jan 20, 2007
I think that this book was great for me. God showed me that I was hurting because I didn't know my father, and it was time to take some steps in the right direction to work through issues. I never thought that my anger, insecurities and more were impacted because of a lack of a father image in my life. I'm not blaming my father, but knowing that it wasn't "just the way God created me" opened my eyes and allowed me to work with Him to correct the problem. I was so blessed I shared with another friend and she loved it too. I don't think we realize how much our parents impact our lives, our beliefs, and so much more about us.
Simple... Nov 6, 2006
This book is simplistic. If you already know in your heart that God is your Father and that He is who you need to look to when you miss your earthly dad, then you already know the theme of this book. If you know you need to forgive your dad for his sins against you in order to heal, then you have no need of this book. A pamphlet size would have covered the topic just fine.
As a student of psychology, I was surprised at Monique's assumptions. One shocking example is on page 38 when she asks the reader to pray for God to erase the memories of your past. She says, "...erasing a memory is easy stuff for God." I agree that God can do ANYTHING but He won't always erase a memory. He can give us peace and strength to forgive but those painful memories our dad's have given us all too often continue to linger despite those honest prayers.
In another example of faulty assumptions, she suggests that some dad's are silently sorry for their sins and need forgiveness. Through forgiveness, reconciliation can be made and a new relationship can begin. This may be true in some cases but she doesn't present the flipside. What if your dad ISN'T sorry? What if that relationship, despite MY forgiving, is never going to be restored the way I wish it could be? What if we have to deal with a painful, life long rejection if we confront our fathers about the pain? This is just one instance of many where Monique seems to have neglected looking at some painful realities. Even though I wish there was, there is no easy formula. I am surprised that someone with a degree in Biblical counseling can be this naive.
Overall, the book is very basic and overspiritualizes the issue. Like I mentioned earlier, if you already know God is your Healer and your Helper, you've already mastered the content of this book.