David Horowitz, whose journey of self discovery from radical liberal to principled conservative has inspired many on the right, lost his 44 year old daughter last year to a disease she had been afflicted with since childhood.
His book about his daughter and their relationship, "A Cracking of the Heart," has been widely praised for its humanity and its heartfelt prose.
Today, Horowitz pens a note to the readers of Powerline in which he discusses the amazing woman his daughter was and the idea that despite deep differences in their political philosophies, they formed a bond as close as any father-daughter could:
She was also a liberal whose last campaign was a trip to Iowa in the teeth of a bitter winter to help the first African American to win the presidential nomination of a major political party. This inevitably stimulated a dialogue between us, and because my daughter was a serious and intelligent thinker it engaged the essential themes that divide us into liberals and conservatives.
My daughter was a religious person, in a modern way. On the day after she died, an interview with her appeared in the online magazine Nextbook in which she revealed that every day over her morning coffee she said the Jewish prayer "You resurrect the dead," and then explained to the interviewer that though you can never have the person back, you should "pay attention to the way the relationship continues." And I have. Every day I am overcome by a profound sadness, missing my daughter, and every day she teaches me again to appreciate the life I have and the lives of those around me.
A writer would be ill-advised to pass judgment on his own book, but this is what Dennis Prager had to say about mine: "A Cracking of the Heart will indeed crack your heart, as it did mine. Rarely has a parent written so movingly of the life and death of a child as David Horowitz has of his physically disabled yet powerfully alive daughter, Sarah"
If you're looking for a good Christmas present to get a friend, co-worker, or family member, you can hardly do better than give them the gift of a father's love and pride in his daughter found in David's moving paean to his lost child.