Review: The Faith of Dolly Parton by Dudley J. Delffs

DollyDolly Parton has entertained, educated, and inspired millions of fans for over five decades. Whether she’s writing songs, performing live, recording new albums, acting in or producing new movies and TV programs, expanding her wildly successful Dollywood amusement park, helping children around the world learn to read with her Imagination Library nonprofit, or donating millions of dollars to schools, charities, and people in need, the Queen of Country Music has never been shy about crediting her Christian faith for her success.

Tennessee native, Dolly fanboy, and award-winning writer Dudley Delffs now spotlights ten faith lessons as evidenced in Dolly’s life, music, interviews, and attitude. The Faith of Dolly Parton focuses on the ways Dolly’s life can inspire us all to be more authentic, to trust God during hard times, to stay grounded during the good times, and to always keep our sense of humor. Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, frequently surprising, and always true to Dolly’s down-home spirit of joyful generosity, this book will delight her millions of fans as well as anyone seeking a fresh faith-filled role model.


My secret is out! I love country music. Growing up in the 90s, I used to listen to a lot of hip hop and RnB. That is the music that my friends and I were singing along to. However, it was a different story at home. Momma loves country! I still remember walking through the door and hearing her singing along to country music. Her favorite artist is Dolly Parton although she likes other singers too such as Kenny Rogers, Don Williams and Charlie Pride. Dolly ‘s music is what she loves the most. It feels like Dolly has a song for all kinds of life situations especially relating to women. Up to now, my brothers and I still listen to country especially when momma is around. We sing along to all her favorite tunes. Sometimes, we pretend to forget the lyrics so that momma reminds us by singing them out loud. Country music and especially Dolly holds special place in my heart and that is why I couldn’t resist this ARC.

The Faith of Dolly Parton: Lessons from her life to uplift your heart by Dudley Delffs is an inspirational read. It delves into Dolly’s life and shares lessons from her experiences. I was surprised to find out just how much Dolly’s music is influenced by her life. One of the first stories shared is about Dolly’s humble beginnings. Her Coat of Many Colours was inspired by an incident that occurred during this period of her life. This song is beautiful and knowing that it was inspired by actual events makes it even more special.

Through each chapter, the author shares a lesson from Dolly’s life. He then relates it to his own life and in some chapters; he shares his personal experiences. The lessons are diverse and applicable to all of us. One that I really liked was on getting out of our comfort zones. In this chapter, the author shared his own experience and also Dolly’s about making risky moves to follow their dreams. He challenges readers to consider their own situation and this is what I did. I don’t know if I would leave my job right now to follow my dreams though.  I know I would be ten times happier if I did but it is still scary.  It was still nice to get some inspiration from Dolly and Dudley.

Each chapter ends with a lesson, a song, scripture and prayer. I really liked this book and thought it was very well-written, inspiring and relatable. Although it has a number of Christian teachings, it also has life lessons that I believe anyone can apply in their lives. Dreams, ambition, courage, love do apply to all humans, right? I can’t wait to buy a copy of this book for my personal library and extra copy for my momma. What a beautiful read!

24 thoughts on “Review: The Faith of Dolly Parton by Dudley J. Delffs

  1. Nothing wrong with country music! It’s lovely to know the stories behind some of your favorite songs.. songs that you’ve known forever and get even more meaning when you know what inspired them! She sounds like a great artist and person!

    1. Thanks Inge and country is beautiful.You are right about the music.Dolly’s music is even more special now that I have read the book.I didn’t know that a lot of her songs are inspired by her own experiences.

  2. I love Dolly Parton! I can’t say I’m a huge fan of her music but I absolutely love her as a person and I have huge respect for her initiatives such as the Imagination Library. Great review, it sounds like even as a non-Christian I could enjoy this book.

    1. Thanks Lucinda.I didn’t know much about her until I read this book.Its wonderful to know that she’s had such an impact on society apart from the music.She’s an amazing person 🙂

  3. I loved your review, Diana! You and your mom have excellent taste! When I was growing up, Kenny and Dolly had a song that was somewhat “mainstream” and that got me hooked. Dolly is just so special! I think I want to read this book too!

    1. Thank you Jennifer :-)Could that have been Island in the stream?Its one of my favourite songs by Kenny and Dolly.I hope that you will enjoy this title if you get the chance to read it.

  4. I like country music too, Diana. 😊 I’m glad you enjoyed this book. I like Dolly Parton. I don’t like a lot of Christian beliefs infused into my reading because it often conflicts with my own Christian biblical beliefs, but nonetheless, it sounds inspiring. Thanks for your review.

    1. You’re welcome Laurie.This was based upon scripture but I think I get what you mean about conflicting Christian beliefs.I guess that comes from different people interpreting the word differently?

      1. I hit reply too early. Sorry.

        Scripture interpretation can vary from one person to the next. As a Bible student for over 20 years I’ve learned so much about how to most accurately interpret scripture. The key is to “let scripture interpret scripture.” Often there are cross references in the bible relating to many verses. Once you consider those cross references, along with the context, the meaning almost always becomes clear. Since I’m familiar with this concept I’m very sensitive about loose interpretations that don’t accurately convey what’s being expounded to us.
        Hope that helps to explain what I meant. 😊

  5. I love this review! Thank you for sharing. Music can really bring people together and I love how ya’ll share it with your Mom!! I love all kinds of music including country. Dolly is awesome. I was listening to “Coat of many colors” last night. Such great music!!

    1. Coat of many colours is one of my favourite songs by her.I enjoyed reading the story behind it and I like how its connected with Joseph’s story in the Bible.Thanks Deanna.Glad to hear that you enjoy Country music too 🙂

  6. I love that you love Dolly and her music! Being from East Tennessee we all pretty much love Dolly too- she truly does so much good work in our state and the nation. Her Imagination Library program is a wonderful literary initiative that’s spread all over America. She truly is an inspiration.

    1. Thanks Laila.I didn’t know about Dolly’s work apart from her music.This was an enlighting read.Didn’t know about the library either but I’m so impressed by her and what she’s done for the community around her and the nation.

  7. Lovely review Diana! Dolly is such a kind hearted and wonderful lady, always seeing her still giving back and doing for others. And I’m one that listens to all kinds of music so yes, I do love some Dolly too! 😉

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