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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.
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.
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.
£5 (plus £1.50 p&p)
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.
It does what it says on the tin!
Anyone who is willing to read the chapters in advance and think through how best to use the discussion questions
You just need to read the book and think through how best to discuss it
This would be down to the leader to decide
It is a book that would need to be taken and applied by the leader
It covers lots of different aspects of fatherhood, including grandfathering, adopting and fostering, and raising children in a blended family.
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.
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.
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.
This is focused on growing as better fathers.
It helps men to see that their children need godly fathers.
It shows how godly character is a gift from God and what men should be striving for
Very well, as long as it is to do with fathering!
Not explicit, but it does show that Christian fathers can set an example to other dads about how to best raise their children