When the Fairy Dust Settles : A Mother and Her Daughter Discuss What Really Matters
The host of a daily, conservative radio show teams up with her daughter to answer common questions germane to daily Christian living. Each day, for over a decade, Janet Parshall speaks to millions on her nationally syndicated radio program. As a voice of reason and authority on Christian values in modern times, she is trusted by a devoted following. As a result, Parshall has received thousands of questions from listeners about life in today's culture. Now she teams up with her daughter, Sarah, to provide clear-cut answers to modern dilemmas as informed by the Scriptures.Offering fresh takes (or respectfully disagreeing), mother and daughter candidly discuss Ann Landers-style everything from extramarital affairs and money woes to plastic surgery and body piercing, among other topics. Entertaining and engaging, WHEN THE FAIRY DUST SETTLES is an enlightening guide to living a Christian life in an often complicated world.
Parshall, host of the conservative radio talk show Janet Parshall's America, and her daughter Perry, an attorney, engage in dialogue about issues facing Christian women today. They take on some practical topics, from plastic surgery (Perry, a gorgeous 30-year-old, is embarrassed to admit she's thought about getting it) to perfectionism and household debt. Perry in particular cultivates a strong, confessional resonance with the reader. Whether she's feeling inadequate (despite appearing here as the consummate overachiever) or is struggling with the urge to overspend, many female readers are sure to identify. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is that in addition to drawing from a well of relevant scriptures (and facing down the inevitable specter of the Proverbs 31 Woman), the authors also dip into various fairy tales and children's stories for inspiration--Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, etc. Non-evangelical readers may disagree with some the authors' conclusions on social and theological issues, but then again, this mother and daughter don't always see eye to eye, either; Parshall is clearly more to the right than her daughter.
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July 18, 2004
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