Twenty years ago, I was in between flights and strolling through an airport when I spotted a paperbook stand. The first glimpse at the stand led me to make a purchase of a book by Kevin Leman titled The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are. Leman is a Christian psychologist who is highly influenced by the more famous James Dobson of Focus on the Family.
His works are well read, but perhaps none has equaled the readership of The Birth Order Book. His more recent work, What Your Childhood Memories Say About You — And What You Can Do about It, is a very interesting read as well. The thesis is evident in the outset of the book. Your childhood memories continue to have powerful impact on your life, even when you are not conscious of them.
Some may dismiss this concept as another form of psycho-babble, but there may be some helpful encouragement for those who struggle with the recollections of their childhood. “Be your own shrink,” says Kevin Leman.