Monday, July 30, 2018

Dolly Pardon's faith

Book Description from the publisher:

Dolly Parton has entertained, educated, and inspired millions of fans for over five decades. Whether she’s writing songs, performing live, recording new albums, acting in or producing new movies and TV programs, expanding her wildly successful Dollywood amusement park, helping children around the world learn to read with her Imagination Library nonprofit, or donating millions of dollars to schools, charities, and people in need, the Queen of Country Music has never been shy about crediting her Christian faith for her success.
“A belief in God is essential,” Dolly shares. “You have to believe in something bigger than yourself. We grew up believing that through God all things are possible.” Growing up in the little mountain church where her grandfather preached, Dolly started singing hymns and playing guitar at services when she was only six. Consequently, she has never been shy about discussing her faith and relationship with God. “People say, ‘Well, I am surprised that you talk about your faith,’ and I say, ‘Why not? That’s who I am. That’s what keeps me going,’” she explains.
Tennessee native, Dolly fanboy, and award-winning writer Dudley Delffs now spotlights ten faith lessons as evidenced in Dolly’s life, music, interviews, and attitude. The Faith of Dolly Parton focuses on the ways Dolly’s life can inspire us all to be more authentic, to trust God during hard times, to stay grounded during the good times, and to always keep our sense of humor. Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, frequently surprising, and always true to Dolly’s down-home spirit of joyful generosity, this book will delight her millions of fans as well as anyone seeking a fresh faith-filled role model.

My Review:
This is such a sweet and inspiring book to read!  Growing up in a big family (child #4 out of 12), Dolly explains that she knew her parents couldn't give each or any of them special attention, so Dolly found a way to stand out and be noticed at an early age.  Dolly also learned early on to have faith and take risks trusting the Lord to take care of her and to pursue her dreams.  This doesn't mean that Dolly's life has all easy and breezy, she had had her share of struggles and hardships, but her faith has remained strong and helped her through.  I really enjoyed this book as it shares various pieces of Dolly's life and faith.  I have always know her name and music, but not much about her personal life and her faith.  This is a great read with a few pictures included from various highlights and stages of her life; truly an inspiring read!

*Thanks to the Booklook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

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