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by Jim Daly

eBook Finding Home: An Imperfect Path to Faith and Family download ISBN: 1598592386
Author: Jim Daly
Publisher: Oasis Audio; Unabridged edition (September 21, 2007)
Language: English
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Category: Christian Books
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Jim Daly's book Finding Home was compelling. Although he never suffered physical or sexual abuse the other things he and his family endured were still things that no one should never have to endure

Jim Daly's book Finding Home was compelling. Although he never suffered physical or sexual abuse the other things he and his family endured were still things that no one should never have to endure. The fact that he grew up as a hopeful boy is remarkable to me. Every day people give up over less than Jim endured on one of his bad days.

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In terms of dysfunction, his childhood was thirty years ahead of its time

Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, managed to rise above his harrowing childhood, which included living in Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles. In his deeply personal memoir, he relives horrors no child should endure.

Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, managed to rise above his harrowing childhood, which included living in Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles.

Instead, Jim Daly, President and CEO of Focus on the Family managed to rise above his harrowing childhood that began in the Compton suburb of Los Angeles.

Listen to unlimited audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Instead, Jim Daly, President and CEO of Focus on the Family managed to rise above his harrowing childhood that began in the Compton suburb of Los Angeles. In this deeply personal memoir, he relives horrors no child should endure. A bloodcurdling neighborhood murder merely serves as the backdrop to the abuse and alcoholism within the four walls of his own home, a cycle broken only by the cancer that leaves him motherless.

Jim Daly (born July 22, 1961) is the head of Focus on the Family, an international Christian communications ministry based in. .Finding Home: An Imperfect Path to Faith and Family, David C. Cook Communications, 2007.

Jim Daly (born July 22, 1961) is the head of Focus on the Family, an international Christian communications ministry based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength, David C. Cook Communications, 2010. ReFocus: Living a Life That Reflects God's Heart, Zondervan, 2012. A bloodcurdling neighborhood murder merely serves as the backdrop to the abuse and alcoholism within the four walls of his own home, a cycle broken only by the cancer that left him motherless. Orphaned at an early age, Jim saw firsthand the worst this world had to offer

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Since 2005, Daly has been president and CEO of Focus on the Family, the conservative Christian organization founded by child psychologist and Republican activist James Dobson. Daly's childhood family sorely needed focus: the last of five children born to aging alcoholics, young Jimmy experienced his father's abandonment, his stepfather's rages, his mother's death and several years with a gloriously insane foster family living next to their own personal garbage dump. He apparently avoided beatings and sexual abuse, though his chirpy coauthor rarely plumbs the depths of Daly's probable anguish. Rather than looking inward, the young adolescent developed a pragmatic philosophy of survival: Keep your expectations low. That way you don't get hurt. Somehow, despite homelessness and lack of income, he made it through college, studied overseas, married a good woman, climbed the career ladder and, sadly, still advises low expectations. I believe it's time we were open with one another about the brokenness that we all share he writes, though his story reveals much more of his family's brokenness than his own. Dobson fans—and they are legion—will find Daly's rags-to-(spiritual)-riches story inspirational; others may wish he had dispensed with his coauthor and spoken directly from the heart.
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Hugighma
Living in the notorious Compton (Los Angeles) area, Jim experienced his first homicide at the age of 8, just 10' away from his bedroom window on the family's ground floor apartment. It left him feeling vulnerable and defenseless. His mom and stepfather had moved there in the spring of 1970 to save some money. Coming from the small town of Yucca Valley, the opposite of noisy Compton, Jim was an "inner city novice".

Where was his dad? He had left three years previously - "the liquid mistress too seductive for him to resist". Had he been a runner for Al Capone as a boy? Jim and his four older siblings will never know. Both their parents pasts are shrouded in absolute secrecy. Maybe they were in the Witness Protection program?

Jim lived in fear. As the baby of the family, born in 1961, alcohol had been a major problem before his birth. Sobriety reigned for four years after Jim's birth and then temptation came calling and his dad fell back into his old habits.

Did Jim actually enter the military at the age of 8? No, but his new stepfather, Hank, sure made it feel like it! Jim's mom died when he was 9. His dad was nowhere around and Hank had gone back to life on the bottle. When the kids came home from their mom's funeral, the house had been emptied (Hank had sold everything apart from a few of their clothes and personal belongings) and Hank was walking out the door! What did they do? Where did they go? If you did not know that you were reading a true story, you would think this was too far fetched to be true! Sadly Jim's life did not get any better at this point. By the age of 10 he was accused of murder! Thankfully the social worker believed him when he told her that the accusation was not true but still a lot for a young child to have to deal with. Although Jim found himself in some crazy situations it is amazing how God used other people to protect him from more serious dangers.

Throughout all this Jim longed for a real man to mentor him, to come alongside him and tell/show him how to grow up. Eventually a couple of mentors did come into Jim's life and make an incredible difference, leading him down the Christian path and helping him grow as a Christian once he had made that decision. Even still Jim still struggled with incredible loneliness during his college years. How did he meet his wife Jean?

Above is just a very brief synopsis. Read this well-written, INCREDIBLE story of how God really can change a life around taking someone with nothing and making them into an instrument HE can use for his glory. There is ALWAYS hope no matter how bad you think your particular situation is. Don't give up! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
Laitchai
I loved hearing Jm Daley's story since I wasn't as familiar with him as I am wth Dr. Dobson. What an incredible journey he has been on since the Lord called him as a young man from a broken home and is now using him to help families be the best they can be. An easy read full of encouragement.
Arryar
God bless this man and his work for the Lord. However, this book was like trying to swim through jello. Paints a very unsympathetic portrait of himself. He sends the message that he was a spoiled brat and proud of it! I think it is just a very poorly written book and does not convey the trauma and hardship these children must have endured. Cannot recommend it.
Jelar
This story is a great example of not letting your upbringing and circumstances define you. Jim Daly did not allow the things from his past to define him,(albeit, he had a loving relationship with his mother, but unfortunately she passed away when he was a child), but he set his sights on his future. With the help of God and his relationship with the Lord, he has established an amazing life for himself, his family and hundreds of thousands of people through Focus on the Family. I loved this book, and gave it to my grandson so he could see what knowing the Lord and setting your sights higher can do for you.
Mushicage
I love the honesty and story in this book.. More than half our world suffers without a present loving father in their stories. I meet them everywhere I go. This is a book of hope for those who wake up everyday wondering why their fathers didn't love them and if there is healing for the hurt they have carried their whole life. I love this line in your book Jim, "In spite of how desperate one’s circumstances are, God is still in the business of healing our brokenness and, like a gifted surgeon, He takes the pieces of our lives and makes us whole once again." So true.
Read it my friends and let the healing begin!
Āłł_Ÿøūrš
I appreciate your devoting a large part of your memoir to events from a childs eyes. I think growing up in a severly disfuctional family, the Lord was prepairing you for the special position you hold today. Many self-centered so called "grown-ups" have children and pay less attention to their needs then animals. Kudos, Mr Daly. Your trials made you better not bitter!
Usishele
Jim Daly's book Finding Home was compelling. Although he never suffered physical or sexual abuse the other things he and his family endured were still things that no one should never have to endure. The fact that he grew up as a hopeful boy is remarkable to me. Every day people give up over less than Jim endured on one of his bad days.

The part of the book that really resounded in me was his account of his mother's death. I suppose the reason was that my own sister died and left five children, the youngest being six and eight years old. I saw my nephews in that chapter as they suffered over their loss. No one could take the place of their mother. The difference was that Jim and his siblings had no one to hold them and tell them that all would be well.

His narrative rang true in that he wrote the way a boy thinks. Boys can squeeze out joy in the middle of hard times as long as they have access to a bicycle or a ball and bat. This book emphasises the importance of people stepping in to make a difference in the lives of people that cross our path. Coaches, teachers, pastors, and friends are necessary for kids. We must be there to lend a listening ear and wise council. This book is a "must read".
Jim Daly tells of his difficult growing up years. Things happened in his life that are almost unbelievable and jaw-dropping. It exposes the human condition and points toward God's goodness. Folks from tough places have a choice and Jim has made a powerful one.