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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Life is funny. Throughout the ebbs and flows, there are ups and downs, good and bad. As you are walking through your journey, this is the time to discover who you really are. Sad, loving, depressed, or forgiving. Everything that surrounds us challenges our reactions and emotions. Cartoonist Alexander Toth was known for his work, from Scooby-Doo and the Green Lantern to Space Ghost while working for DC Comics and Hanna-Barbera. He died at his drawing table four weeks prior to his 78th birthday, doing what he loved creating. The ability to create this great body of work for over 50 years came with great sacrifices from his health, family, and inability to love, to walk in forgiveness. In My Father, My Faith: A Daughter's Inspiring True Story of Medical Advocacy and Loves' Ability to Heal, his eldest daughter Dana (Toth) Palmer shares what life was like with not the cartoonist the world knew but the man and father that she knew. Reading this book, you may see some of the flaws and hurts that you experienced in relations between a parent and child. Everything changed when Alexander was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and Congestive Heart Failure. This is when healing, love, and forgiveness began for the author and her father.
The beauty about My Father, My Faith by Dana (Toth) Palmer is discovering that despite what you believe that a parent should be and provide as a child, is the ability to heal, be accepting, and execute forgiveness for what was lacking in your past. I fully enjoyed how the author was able to not only share the personal side of her dad with us but seeing her transparency and transition of sharing God's love during her journey. It was touching that the author was able to make peace with her mother before she died, and eventually, her father was able to see and acquire the love and acceptance that he always sought before he died. Isn't it wonderful how God uses everything in our lives to get the results that He desires?