I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Papa’s Pearls: A Father’s Gift of Love and Wisdom to His Children and Grandchildren. The book is about Carol Joseph Flynn, aka Papa, written by his daughter, Diane Flynn Keith. It tells the story of Papa, how he rose from rough living in the Great Depression, and owning his own successful plumbing business.
I love the positivity of this book, and the way Papa turned his life around for good. It’s fairly short at 112 pages, but it’s not short on wisdom. When Papa had to go through raw sewage as part of his job, he told his son ” Just tell yourself you like it (the smell), then it’s not so bad.” How many of us today would do or say something like that? Not many, I bet. When Papa found out that his daughter Diane was writing this book, be said to her, “I think this is a good idea. You gotta tell ’em,. This world…They don’t know. They don’t know they’re loved. You gotta tell ’em they’re loved. And tell ’em to say it out loud every day to their families.” How precious and humble Papa was. There are SO many pearls of wisdom, but the two things that stuck out the most for me were “Where’s my hug?” and “I love you. You know that, right?”
I really love all of the practical advice in this book. I admit, I teared up some reading this book. It’s hard for me to find a lot of time to read books, so I took this along with me when I got my allergy injections. I guess that’s a good place to get teary-eyed since people who go there have allergies. I could sniffle and cry a little and still look normal! 🙂
As I said before, I read this book myself. Rachelle may enjoy it, but it’s not a children’s book. You can get your own copy of Papa’s Pearls either directly from the author for $21.97, which includes shipping, or from Amazon for $13.47 for the paperback, and $6.97 for the Kindle version. When you buy from the author, the book is autographed with one of Papa’s Pearls of wisdom! 🙂
I feel very blessed to be able to review this book, and I highly recommend it. It would make a wonderful Father’s Day gift!