Founding Fathers
Nathan Blackaby, CVM 2015

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

All men have the amazing potential to be great fathers in an increasingly fatherless society. Nathan shares characteristics of great men of faith from the Bible and personal experience whilst drawing on experts in areas of parenting, giving pointers and ideas to help men be intentional, Godly fathers, whatever their circumstances.

Packed with essential tips on navigating fatherhood in: fostering, adoption, blended families, toddlers, teenagers, talking about sex, rites of passage, limited access, grandparenting.

What do you get?

This is a small, pocket-sized book with 16 chapters on being a good father. Over the 126 pages, the author explores values for parenting based on biblical examples. He explores integrity through Noah, commitment via Jacob, love through Isaac and wisdom via Solomon, to name four of the eight values. These chapters are interspersed with real life issues, written by guest contributors, including Krish Kandiah on fostering and adoption, Jason Royce on the sex talk, and Carl Beech on being a dad to teenagers.

Each of the eight chapters on values end with an ‘explore’ section which includes reading some Bible verses and then asking yourself a short series of questions to reflect on, closing your time with a prayer to pray.

Who is it for?

Christian men who are fathers or grandfathers. It is designed to be read alone, but could be used with a small of group of Christian dads, focusing particularly on the chapters around values and the explore questions at the end of each.

Cost?

£5 (plus £1.50 p&p)

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Clear and easy to read. The chapters are short 4-8 pages, which means it can be digested quickly. It would be possible to read a chapter out in a small group setting, if people were not able to read it themselves in advance.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    It does what it says on the tin!

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    n/a

    Who could lead it?

    Anyone who is willing to read the chapters in advance and think through how best to use the discussion questions

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    n/a

    How good is any digital material?

    n/a

    How much prep will I have to do?

    You just need to read the book and think through how best to discuss it

    Is there website support? Links?

    no

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    This would be down to the leader to decide

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    It is a book that would need to be taken and applied by the leader

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    It covers lots of different aspects of fatherhood, including grandfathering, adopting and fostering, and raising children in a blended family.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    n/a

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Each of the chapters on the eight characteristics are based on men from the Bible. The intervening chapters are more on personal example and experience.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    The author writes in an engaging way and brings the characters to life, as well as clearly focusing on the godly characteristics that they display.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Each characteristic is explained firstly from the demonstration of the biblical character then as it can be for dads today, as well as sharing personal experiences from the author.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    no

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    This is focused on growing as better fathers.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    It helps men to see that their children need godly fathers.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    It shows how godly character is a gift from God and what men should be striving for

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Very well, as long as it is to do with fathering!

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Not explicit, but it does show that Christian fathers can set an example to other dads about how to best raise their children

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    n/a

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    n/a

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    n/a

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