When David Lawther Johnson was a freshman at Harvard, he felt displaced, homesick, and overwhelmed by new intellectual challenges. So he wrote to his dad, a Presbyterian pastor in Indiana, seeking counsel. The two began an extended exchange of letters.
Upon his father's recent death, David discovered these letters from long ago among his dad's papers. He had forgotten how much candid and valuable advice about faith and doubt and life they contained -- wisdom that had shaped David's life as a lawyer, community leader, and parent.
Learning from My Father captures the poignant relationship between a father and a son with writing that is beautifully nuanced, deeply compelling, and utterly readable. Dealing with essential life questions -- belief, love, evil, death, eternal life, and more -- this memoir is refreshingly honest and full of down-to-earth wisdom.
"In this beautifully written memoir David Lawther Johnson reveals not only profound lessons he learned from his father but also deep wisdom for all of us about living courageous and faithful lives. To read this book is to reflect about what truly matters in our closest relationships and in the ways we number our days." - Thomas G. Long, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
"Johnson invites all of us to think deeply about what it means to live the Christian life today.