Yes it is exciting to read about Candace and Kirk's childhood and rise to Hollywood fame but it's also very exciting to see how they managed to avoid the pitfalls that so many other Hollywood stars fall right into.
It is comforting to see that the family is very much like most of our own. I think a lot of people tend to think that just because someone is in a movie or on TV - they're nothing like "normal" people.
Cameron makes a point of letting us know that her family was very normal as she was growing up and that she and her husband do what they can to provide their children with as normal a life as possible now.
I will hazard a guess that there are things in the book that people will not agree with but they should remember this:
Just because you do something in a different way, doesn't mean it's right or wrong - it's just right or wrong for your family. A lot of people I know say they could never homeschool but it is exactly the right choice for our family!
All-in-all, it's a great story. And I really enjoyed the read!
As far as the read itself - It's very well put-together and it flows beautifully. I'm not sure if the "with Dana Wilkerson" means she is the one who did the writing or if it was more of a collaboration but whoever did the writing did a Great job!
It pulls you right in, moves quick and will have you laughing all the way through. The descriptions are so vivid, I can see it all unfold right in front of me and you get a very real sense from it. This is no fairy tale story that has been crafted to make life sound perfect - it's real!
I am also thrilled to see how Candace weaves her faith into everything. Even talking about her childhood, she credits her parent's morality as one reason for her faith. BRAVO Candace! I know a lot of people have had nasty things to say about the whole "proverbs 31 woman" thing but I am really impressed that Candace has stuck to her beliefs and her faith! It's not easy when you're being attacked on all sides.
Please know that you have plenty of supporters too Candace!
And the cover gets my son's approval - which is a VERY big deal. He likes that she's wearing a dress and that she's covered nicely - no low cut top or too short skirt. So, GOOD JOB to the cover designer as well!
Balancing It All is Candace Bure's biography with a little self help on the side. It is the kind of book you can enjoy without thinking too much. There are golden nuggets of wisdom along the way, but no mind blowing road map of conquering our day to day craziness.
Candace Bure begins with her upbringing and her introduction to acting. She speaks to what it was like to juggle school, a job, and family at such a young age. As the book moves along, she discusses meeting her husband and how she traded one kind of busy for another. In many chapters I could totally relate to her, especially when she speaks to moving away from all she knew to support her husband's career.
I am currently reading it with my book club. We have appreciated her transparency and willingness to share her personal struggles and faith. My favorite chapter in the book was her chapter on prayer. I felt like in this particular chapter I was talking with her instead of reading about her.
While I wouldn't consider this book a great literary work, it is a fun, easy read. It is well suited for a trip to the beach or a long car ride. I would recommend it to anyone who loved Full House and is anxious to catch up with an "old friend."