Morgan James Publishing (2018)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (8/18)
All parents want the best for their children. They want them to keep true to themselves, find their path and in many ways protect them from the harsh reality of the world. Author and musician Jimmy Brandmeier found he could impart some parental guidance through “Be Who You Are: A Song for My Children,” without seeming to lecture or give them the impression he wasn’t proud of them.
It seems parents are always in search of ways to provide this information, which usually falls on deaf ears. I know that while reading this book I reflected on my children and how they reacted to such information. I loved that Brandmeier took his song and wrote a book that had humor, wisdom and love.
“Be who you are, inside and out, no matter what! No matter how far!” is one of my favorite sayings in this book. I try to say this weekly to my now high school granddaughter. Don’t follow others just to be popular, don’t judge and above all else don’t bully. Does she hear that? Maybe, but peer pressure is strong during these years.
The five parts of this book are based on this song, and through his graphics, quotes, and experiences growing up, he delves deeper into what the verses mean. The chapter on Questions had an impact on me as it asked in-depth questions about relationships and whether it was imitation or destiny. I wish I had this book to give to my daughter at the start of some trying times she endured.
“Be Who You Are” is somewhat lengthy, yet provides powerful statements which will have you laughing, crying and praying that hopefully some of this will reach kids brains. It is not a fast read but is written with love and wisdom. One can go to any chapter and find excellent information.
Overall, “Be Who You Are: A Song for My Children” by Jimmy Brandmeier is an interesting read which readers will find very helpful. I recommend it to all parents as a guide to help children navigate the world.