First Generation Father
Everything Connects Media (2020)
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (12/20)
“First Generation Father: How to Build a Healthy and Happy Home When You Come From a Broken One” by Anthony Blankenship, is a moving force to mend broken hearts from broken homes. Part memoir, part self-help, this author speaks from a place of authority, as he survived a turbulent childhood of violence, poverty, and a broken home.
Some self-help books give good advice, but not all are written by an author who’s lived it, survived it, and turned it around to help other people who are going through the same thing, or have gone through the same thing in the past. Blankenship covers (and this is paraphrasing): Confronting the past and the scars, the effects of trauma, understanding primal energies, finding the proper balance, tools for the healing process, turning pain into growth, parenting your son from the golden zone, parenting your daughter from the golden zone, discipline with love, from poverty to prosperity, overcoming addictions, seeing from a higher perspective, forgiveness, and more.
Blankenship’s personable, straight-forward style is easily digestible. From paperboy to basic training, to the trauma he lived in childhood with a malfunctioning family, he paints pictures readers can relate to, but offers uplifting, commonsense advice people can start using immediately to mend their broken psyches and lives. Recovering from a broken home can sometimes make people feel like a hamster racing endlessly in a wheel, trying to outrun a painful past and break free. But trauma doesn’t let go easy, and this author shows you how it can successfully be accomplished.
The author’s powerful and charismatic personality shines through the pages, and I highly recommend it to those caught in the cycle of a broken home, and to the professionals who work with them, like teachers, clergy, counselors, etc. “First Generation Father: How to Build a Healthy and Happy Home When You Come From a Broken One”, by Anthony Blankenship, is that special book you’d like to put in someone’s hand to help them begin their healing journey.