Growing Up Sassafras

Where is my daddy?

Children - Christian
70 Pages
Reviewed on 06/23/2019
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Author Biography

Denise C. Herndon Harvey is a new author and a graduate of Liberty University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology – Christian Counseling and Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology – Crisis Counseling, as well as a minor in Biblical Studies and a Masters of Arts Degree in Human Service Counseling – Family Advocacy. Denise is a military spouse who resides with her husband of 36 years in Hampton Georgia. She is originally from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and relocated to Georgia from New Jersey after her husband retired form the United States Air Force. She and her husband Junius have two adult children, Junius III and Shereena and five grandchildren which all live in New Jersey. Denise has worked for the federal government for over 32 years. Besides traveling, she enjoys reading, writing and more than anything loves to write in her spare time, specifically about the grace of God and how having faith and hope in God can restore and reunite families. Her current projects are targeted towards what she calls helping the innocent hurting hearts, to help restore and implant the understanding and love of God in their young life, and what happens when we allow God to work in our life and live in our hearts.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

All families are different. Some families have a mother, a father, and children. But there are many families that are separated or in some way incomplete for many reasons. Sassafras, or Sassay as her Mom sometimes calls her, lives with her mother and her grandmother. Her Daddy lives somewhere else; he’s married to another woman and has another family: twins. Sassay really wants to see her Daddy, but her mother won’t allow it as she has yet to forgive Sassay’s father for leaving them (and for many other reasons). Sassay keeps asking; her grandmother keeps pointing out that Sassay needs to see her father, and her father keeps trying to reach out to obtain the right to see his daughter.

In the midst of all this, Sassay’s new friend Selina joins her class, but can’t join in the fun because she wears leg braces. Selina lives with both her mother and her father, but her handicap makes her different. Then there’s Jeremiah, who lives with his father and his grandmother because his mother died of cancer and lives in heaven. And there’s Miss Cole, the teacher who tells her story of how she only lived with her mother and grandparents for many years until they were able to join her father. Everyone has a story and a hurdle to overcome, but as Sassay’s mother points out, it’s “the differences in people make us all special.” And, of course, it’s our faith in Jesus that makes us strong.

Denise C. Herndon Harvey’s children’s story Growing Up Sassafras: Where Is My Daddy? is a heartfelt story about the many different kinds of families and how faith and love keep families together no matter the cause of their separation, discord or disability. Each chapter is titled with the words of wisdom unveiled in the chapter and the chapter closes with an appropriate quote from the Bible to complete the picture of faith. Some very difficult issues are presented in this story: faith, forgiveness, unconditional love and the many kinds of family dynamics children are exposed to. Throughout it all, Sassay, even though a child, is a strong character, the one who understands, who loves unconditionally, who quite simply wants to see her Daddy. A very touching story.

Emily castro

Little did I know I would get more out of this book than my children. This book helps both parents and children deal with issues arising from family separations. If you're struggling with this topic I suggest getting this book.