Above all, Davis urges Christians to accept that they must do the work: “Faith is like a muscle, and it becomes more powerful the more we put it to use.” Mining her own experience for practical wisdom, Davis relates events from her childhood (the eldest of five, she grew up near Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, California) and as an adult who’s tried to replicate the close-knit and God-fearing family life of her youth. Her vision of a Heavenly Father is reinforced by her earthly one, a strict military man who espoused Christian principles but could also laugh—in this family, raucous kids snap to attention when parents speak, while individual foibles become the subject of shared jokes.
The strength of Living a Parable is Davis’s unequivocal faith in both God and in the rightness of her upbringing. She acknowledges the fault lines that crack American life, but avoids discussing them in detail, advising “Reconnect and start again, don’t be stubborn.” So, when she details the misery of hot combs, she doesn’t dig into what straightened hair signified in the 1980s. Instead, by focusing on conscientious Christians and what they can attempt to control in their lives and homes, Davis preaches to the choir, but always reminds them that everyone could use a little more practice.
Takeaway: A nostalgic portrayal of a Black Christian family and a call to prioritize worship, this self-paced guide extols the virtue of active devotion.
Great for fans of: Khristi Lauren Adams’s Parable of the Brown Girl, Michele Clark Jenkins’s She Speaks: Wisdom from the Women of the Bible to the Modern Black Woman.
Design and typography: B
Marketing copy: B
Such a lovely book! It reads like you are having a conversation with Silvia and she’s telling you the best stories. There were some great laugh out loud moments. And the whole book felt relatable. I didn’t pair it with the Bible using the verses she identified, but look forward to rereading and doing a deeper dive with the Bible.
I have had a season of quiet and silence with the Lord. Gone through quite a few books that about 10 pages in I don’t pick it back up. This is the very book I did not know I needed. Somehow each morning as I rise and grab my coffee and reach each chapter I feel like I need to look over my shoulder and see if God is sitting there smiling and saying “ see, I knew this season would come, and I had these words prepared for you”. I love that God works this way. I am Tammy (stay at home mom who was feeling a little lost) get this now and get a copy for your best friend too