first, entertaining second, Christ honoring a must, and a combination of the three, ideal. J
The author of the book is Sarah Bryant, a stay-at-home home school graduate from a family of eight children. Another big family. J
The book offers practical advice for girls and young women who are single and living in their parents’ home, suggesting that they use their unmarried years (1) in cultivating their relationships with Jesus and finding their joy in Him rather than in pursuing their own dreams and agendas; (2) in seeking to be a blessing and delight to their parents, particularly their fathers; (3) in encouraging their siblings and investing in their lives, (4) in serving their families rather than themselves; (5) keeping themselves pure and unstained in anticipation of their future marriages; and (6) focusing on Christ first and foremost, rather than on their own desires.
I found Sarah Bryant’s style personable and humble; some authors tend to portray themselves as
“having it all together.” Honestly, who can read about someone who “who has it all together” and
think, “Same here; I know exactly what you mean?”
The author freely admits that she is learning along with her audience and maintains a humble and realistic approach throughout the entire book, which made reading it both enjoyable and easy to relate to.
She writes in the final chapter, Bouquet of Beauty, “May we each be able to give account someday when we meet our Lord Jesus, ‘I was a faithful daughter.’” Stated simply, her book is an explanation of what it means to be a “faithful daughter”, along with concrete counsel for playing out the role of Christ-honoring daughterhood in everyday life, particularly family and home life.
In an era where society demands its daughters to enter the career realm at graduation and pursue
professions within the work force, I found The Family Daughter to be like a breath of fresh air, particularly so because it is written by a young woman who is seeking to live the lifestyle it encourages. At the book’s conclusion, I said, “I was blessed.” It was definitely an encouragement.