Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Book Review - The Faith of Dolly Parton


Dolly Parton has entertained, educated, and inspired millions of fans for over five decades. Whether she’s writing songs, performing live, recording new albums, acting in or producing new movies and TV programs, expanding her wildly successful Dollywood amusement park, helping children around the world learn to read with her Imagination Library nonprofit, or donating millions of dollars to schools, charities, and people in need, the Queen of Country Music has never been shy about crediting her Christian faith for her success.

“A belief in God is essential,” Dolly shares. “You have to believe in something bigger than yourself. We grew up believing that through God all things are possible.” Growing up in the little mountain church where her grandfather preached, Dolly started singing hymns and playing guitar at services when she was only six. Consequently, she has never been shy about discussing her faith and relationship with God. “People say, ‘Well, I am surprised that you talk about your faith,’ and I say, ‘Why not? That’s who I am. That’s what keeps me going,’” she explains.

Tennessee native, Dolly fanboy, and award-winning writer Dudley Delffs now spotlights ten faith lessons as evidenced in Dolly’s life, music, interviews, and attitude. The Faith of Dolly Parton focuses on the ways Dolly’s life can inspire us all to be more authentic, to trust God during hard times, to stay grounded during the good times, and to always keep our sense of humor. Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, frequently surprising, and always true to Dolly’s down-home spirit of joyful generosity, this book will delight her millions of fans as well as anyone seeking a fresh faith-filled role model.


This is a very inspiring book and, as a Dolly Parton fan, I really enjoyed getting to know more about her.

The book starts at her beginning, in her childhood where we learn more about the people that encouraged and inspired her. She had a lot of great Christian people in her life that deepened her faith in God and gave her the strength and confidence to pursue her love of music.

I was extremely surprised by how her relationship with Porter Wagoner ended so horribly and give her so much credit for how she handled the situation. It really spoke of her faith and rising above a very difficult situation.

My favorite part of this book is learning about her faith, though. She has made this the center of her life and it has guided her in her career as well as her private life. I have always thought she stayed the same throughout her career, as a person, and I believe it's because she knew she wasn't bigger than God.

I absolutely love the questions at the end of each chapter and I did do each set of questions. I loved how they encouraged me to follow my own dreams and to deepen my own faith. I feel like the author really helped me to get into my own heart and figure out exactly how to pursue my own dreams. I also really loved the prayers at the end of each chapter. They are a great spring board to my own prayers concerning what God wants me to do in this life.

I really loved getting to know Miss Dolly and more about her faith! She is such an inspiration! I highly recommend this book, especially if you're a Dolly Parton fan. I also recommend it to anyone who wants to pursue their creative dreams. It's just a really great book. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by BookLook Bloggers program

Blessings - Julie

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