Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Book Review - The Good Dad
About the Book
As president of Focus on the Family, a dad to two sons, and a man who didn’t really have a dad growing up, Jim Daly has a passion for fathers. He wants to see families thrive, and that starts with dads who help set the tone for the household, and whose influence on their children has been widely documented by social science.
Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, is an expert in fatherhood—in part because his own "fathers" failed him so badly. His biological dad was an alcoholic. His stepfather deserted him. His foster father accused Jim of trying to kill him. All were out of Jim's life by the time he turned 13.
Isn’t it odd—and just like God—that the director of the leading organization on family turned out to be a guy whose own background as a child was so pretty messed up? Or could it be that successful parenting is discovered not in the “perfect” peaceful household but in the midst of battles and messy situations, where God must constantly be called to the scene?
Using his own expertise, humor, and inexhaustible wealth of stories, Jim will show fathers that God can make them a good dad, a great dad, in spite of the way they’ve grown up or the mistakes they’ve made. It’s not about becoming a perfect father. It’s about trying to become a better father each and every day, building relationships through love, grace, patience, and fun—and helping children grow into the men and women they’re meant to be.
My Take on the Book
This is the type of book that will make you truly reconsider what fatherhood means to you and to your family. The book is spiritually based and makes numerous connections to God’s plan for fathers in society today. The book is poignant and well-written and shares personal experiences of the author along with the goals that this author has to become a stronger, more engaged dad. The book is deep and gives readers a true glimpse into what is at the core of fatherhood. I know that I, for one, found that the book truly engaged me and had me look back at my own traits and characteristics, and help me to reevaluate. One of the difficult things to grapple with in this book are the stories that the author shared about being raised in a home with an abusive father. Though I say this, the stories are there to inspire other fathers to become better. You will learn so much of this book and at the same time will connect a deeper level with the word of God as it relates to being an amazing dad.
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