Monday, April 18, 2011

Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World by Ginny Dent Brant

The country knew Harry Dent as an adviser to President Richard Nixon during the turbulent Watergate era. Ginny Dent Brant knew him as daddy. In Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World Ginny melds those two aspects of Harry Dent together in a cohesive and touching memoir of her father’s life.

Ginny is the third of four children of Harry and Betty Dent. With Harry’s love for politics and the law she grew up in a world of strategies, campaigns, and politicians. As she tells her father’s story she also tells her own story of love of family and country.

Over the years Harry Dent worked in many positions in the government in South Carolina and the United States. As an aide to President Nixon he served during Watergate but was one of only two aides who were not convicted during the scandal.

During his time in politics he worked hard to balance his home life with his private life. Ginny recounts many childhood memories of time spent with her father. Her story shows that it is possible to pursue a career without sacrificing your family.

Ginny’s own spiritual journey began in her teen years. After giving her life to the Lord she prayed tirelessly for her father who was a Sunday morning Christian. Ginny writes, “With all my heart I believed that if my dad dies not knowing Jesus, really knowing Him, we would be eternally apart. And that was unthinkable.”

In 1977 Harry Dent found true freedom when he surrendered his life to Christ. His change of heart came after years of praying by Ginny and later her husband Alton. When Harry gave his heart to the Lord he gave his life. Leaving politics and the law, he threw himself whole heartedly into serving others here in the US and abroad in Romania. He founded Laity Alive and Serving to help plant churches and train pastors in Romania.

September 28, 2007 Harry Dent passed from this world into eternity with his Savior. He left behind a legacy that will be remembered by many.

Although I found the beginning of this book a little slow and it took a while for me to truly be pulled into the story I did enjoy reading it. I think Ginny did a good job of trying to balance the two halves of her father’s life. I liked that she wove her own story into the book. She showed the side of her father that many who only read or heard the news reports during his career in Washington never heard. Ginny brought the private side of Harry Dent alongside the public side and showed a complete picture of her father.

**This book was provided to me by the author in exhange for an honest review.

About the Author
Ginny Dent Brant is an educator, counselor, writer, soloist, Christian speaker and Bible study teacher. She is president of Laity Alive and Serving which her father, Harry Dent, started in 1985. Ginny and her husband, Alton, live in Clemson and are the parents of three sons.
Visit Ginny's web site to purchase the book.

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