March 2, 2014
What is gained from reading a book about bad dads? Sometimes we can learn from the mistakes of others. This book devotes time to eight mistakes every good dad can avoid. The author, Roland C. Warren, knows a thing or two about being a good dad; for over ten years he was the President of the National Fatherhood Initiative.
Using contemporary examples everyone will be familiar with, Warren explores where bad dad mistakes led to catastrophic results we see in news headlines around the world. He also draws parallels with dads from the Bible, who made mistakes that caused consequences for many generations to come.
The author points out, among other things, that good fathers are physically present:
“Alas, while there are a plethora of programs for women focused on maternal health and child well-being, for years, there have been just two for fathers: the tax code for married fathers and child support enforcement for unmarried fathers. Basically, from the government’s perspective, if a father is paying for his children, then he is a good father. Interestingly, this viewpoint has spread throughout the culture, with some unfortunate and unexpected consequences, especially for low-income, unemployed, and under-employed fathers. Some of these dads actually believe that they can’t be good fathers and really have nothing to offer to their children if they don’t have a paycheck of a certain size.” (p. 169-170)
In many communities, over 50% of babies are born into homes where the father is not physically present. In some places, this is as high as 2/3 of newborns. Millions of children without fathers want to have mentors in their lives, but do not have one. Among those who do, women are filling the role of mentors much of the time. The result is that all too often children enter adulthood without male role models, or examples of being a good dad that they can follow.
It is important to recognize that people in the Bible had faults that members of modern society can relate to. Warren does an outstanding job reinforcing the positive parenting behaviors that can help every family in America.
This book is worth five stars.Product Details Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: Zondervan (January 28, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 031033716X ISBN-13: 978-0310337164 Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
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