Thursday, September 23, 2010
Famous Family Nights by Anne Bradshaw
Title:Famous Family Nights
Author: Anne Bradshaw
Genre: Religious Non-Fiction
Premise: "Touching, inspiring, and often hilarious, the personal experiences in Famous Family Nights highlight family home evening as a priceless tool for building strong, faith-centered families, despite the many obstacles of modern life. The 91 contributors sharing their stories are moms and dads in various fields of entertainment and the community." (Good Reads)
Opinions: Anne Bradshaw contacted members of all professions that happen to be LDS and asked them what they remembered most about Family Home Evenings (Family Nights) growing up or with their current families. Stories from people like Alan Osmond, Josi S. Kilpak, Matthew Buckley, Rachel Ann Nunes, Lynn Gardner and many, many more helped me to understand that I am not the only one who struggles trying to create quality, consistent family experiences. The stories in this book helped me to generate new ideas, dump old ones, and learn from people of ages and careers. I learned from the experiences of people who were single, married, divorced, doctors, singers, actors, authors, scholars, homemakers and more about how they found joy in upholding Family Night (even if your family consists of a group of friends or just you and your spouse).
One of the great benefits of this book was that because it is a compilation of stories from different individuals I would pick it up while something was simmering on the stove or I was waiting in the doctor's office and I would find a quick pick-me-up within its pages. No matter what religion you are, if you are looking for ideas of how to connect with your family or friends on a more personal level through family time, then this book is for you.