Finding My Father by Blair Linne is this week’s Sunday Reading.
Sunday Reading is back! I mentioned recently that I missed sharing Sunday Reading with you and many of you said that you missed it as well.
My goal for 2022 is to share one Sunday Reading book a month. I might do it more often than that, but my goal is at least one book a month.
If you are a newer reader, Sunday Reading is where Grace or I share a Christian book. It is a way for us to share Christian books that we have enjoyed and make it clear to readers that it will be a Christian book.
If you see Sunday Reading in the title, you will know it will be a Christian book review. If you enjoy those great and if you don’t enjoy those types of books, feel free to skip them.
I recently read and enjoyed the book Finding My Father by Blair Linne. I debated about sharing it for a Sunday Reading post because I don’t know that much about the author or her well-known husband Shai Linne.
But I can’t stop thinking about this book, which is usually a sign of a great book. This meant I knew I wanted to share it.
Blair Linne is the wife of Shai Linne. She is a spoken word artist. I am not totally sure what that is, but I think it is basically an oral poet. Shai Linne, her husband, is a Christain musician/rapper. Until I read this book, I didn’t know much about either of them.
In Finding My Father, Blair Linne shares her story of growing up without a father. She writes about how that impacted her life as a kid and as an adult and she talks about her goal to change that cycle.
What I loved about this book is that the focus is God, not the author. I feel like too many Christian memoirs, especially modern ones, focus on the author, not God. Yes, they mention God, but the focus is on themself and what they have done.
In Finding My Father, Blair Linne shares her story and how it led her to God. She shares how God uses our messes for His good.
Throughout the book, she points her story to God by reminding the reader that our home is not where our earthly father is at, it is where our Heavenly Father is at.
She also talks about the influence Christian families had on her because they taught her what family should look like and how they should live.
As I was reading this book, I was reminded of the importance of opening up our homes and our lives to others. This is rare in our society.
Non-Christians and Christians that come from broken families, learn Christ the best by seeing how Christians live. How do they see how we live? When they see us living our daily life.
That reminder was convicting to me. Am I allowing room in my everyday life to let people in so that they can see how we live for Christ?
This book was also a reminder that we often can’t change what happened to us, but we can control our response to it. We are responsible for how we deal with the pain of what happened to us.
Blair Linne applies this to growing up without a father and coming from a broken family, but it applies to many areas of pain and circumstances in life.
As I was reading this book, I was reminded of one of my favorite hymns.
Have Thine own way, Lord. Have Thine own way. Thou art the potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after they will, while I am waiting, yielded and still.
May this always be our response to our trials in this life.
I doubt that I agree theologically with everything Blair Linne believes, but the way Blair Linne shares her story in Finding My Father makes it one of the best modern Christian memoirs I have read. In sharing her story, Blair Linne shares the story of how God uses difficult things to shape us into the person He wants us to be.