Saturday, October 22, 2011

Book Review: Dear Austin: A Letter to My Son, by David M. Perkins

This past August, one of my sons left home to attend college for the first time. Now that he’s gone, I realize that I have very little influence over his choices and plans. He’s a long drive away and is definitely eager to live independently. When David M. Perkins’ son was embarking on the same journey, he chose the opportunity to write a detailed letter to his son with his advice for the future. He shared the letter with some friends and family members, who encouraged him to publish it as a small book. The result is Dear Austin: A Letter to My Son.

In this book, Perkins eloquently shares his wisdom with Austin on topics such as studying, values and beliefs, chasing your dreams, unhealthy behaviors, finding your passion, learning from failure, friendship, finding love, and much more. Although this is a personal letter to his son, with details relating only to their lives together, this book is inspirational and can also be used as a guide for parents who wish to impart wisdom to their own children through a letter. Whether your child is going to college, joining the military, or getting his first job, this is a wonderful way to “sign off” on the daily job of parenting and establish a new way of relating to your adult child.

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