Thursday, March 12, 2009
Don’t Let Me Go By David Pierce
The true story of how a father and his teen daughter connected through
an ice axe and well-worn running shoes.
One day after reading a book about a wilderness adventurer, David Pierce’s fifteen-year-old daughter Chera announced that she wanted to climb a mountain. What David heard behind that wish was a bold declaration: “I’m growing up, Dad—what are you going to do about it?” A few weeks later they bought matching backpacks.
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 numerous victories 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 Pierce—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.
David Pierce writes this with humor and passion for life and love for his daughter. It's a story of growing together and learning to let go as God intends. It really touched me since I have small children myself... I know they won't stay small forever and that day to let them go is just around the corner. In my heart I often struggle with letting go and holding on... do I let them go to the movies with friends (without me) or do I chaperone? There is a push and pull to parenting that I think every parent struggles with and Pierce speaks openly about his own struggles and fears. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to sharing it with friends!