Lament for a father: The journey to understanding and forgiveness 

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Lament for a father: The journey to understanding and forgiveness


Marvin Olasky


P & R Publishing






114 pages


Marvin Olasky has created a very personal account of his father’s life in an attempt to understand their relationship and in some cases, non-relationship. He is trying to answer the question (his mother’s question, too): “How had a Harvard graduate failed to achieve all that he had once hoped for?”

As an investigative reporter, the author follows his father’s life from his childhood, education and marriage. He is trying to understand him, trying to connect with him, trying to figure him out and in return, discover what he owes to his father.  There is a range of subjects covered including Eli’s Jewishness and anti-Semitism. As the reader you will have to decide for yourself if the author accomplishes what he set out to do.


3 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Adults particularly interested in biography

Christian impact:

The author gives his testimony entitled How God Saved Me as an appendix.

Other notes:

-includes a partial bibliography



Lament for a Father: The Journey to Understanding and Forgiveness

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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