June 19 is Father’s Day. We have so many things, events, and people we celebrate that dads often get put on the back burner. They’re even considered dispensable in our modern society. However, God has tasked fathers with many great responsibilities. Could their current place of irrelevance be part of what’s wrong in our families, churches, and nation?
To be honest, I don’t envy fathers, especially those who take their position seriously. A real father must be dependable, hard-working, discerning, and protective, at the same time he is loving, caring, and nurturing. He must provide for and protect his family no matter how bad the economy becomes or how dangerous the world grows. He does it all under the scrutiny of wife, children, often his own father, and always his Heavenly Father. Further, He must be emotionally involved and provide spiritual leadership. All while the secular world provides little support and even mocks him.
Sorry, dads, but this is also a job you can’t quit. Do you feel the need for help after all that? Well, The Family Vision Library has a host of material for you! Ken R. Canfield’s The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers: Becoming the Father Your Children Need, could be a great place to start. This book rightly claims that “fathers are not peripheral to parenting. They are crucial.” And also, “fathers are neither worse nor better parents than mothers; they are simply a different type of parent-a male parent.” Let this book show you what’s most important in your role, so you can stop wasting your precious time and energy on what’s not.
As society blurs and even eliminates the line between genders, we need men who understand and pursue real manhood. Read Family Man, Family Leader: Biblical Fatherhood as the Key to a Thriving Family. This book, and The Hands-On Dad: The Father’s Role in Christian Home Education, both emphasize the important role fathers have in training children, right along with moms.
Fathers cannot be absent when it comes to training children. The Power of Dadhood: How to Become the Father Your Child Needs offers “age-old, tried-and-true wisdom about the oldest, most important human endeavor: raising kids.” Michael Byron Smith claims his book can help any man become a real Dad to his kids, even if you think you are failing.
So, you’re good with the boys and playing football. But you have one or more daughters and you “just don’t get them” anymore than you understand your wife. She Calls Me Daddy, by Robert Wolgemuth, discusses foundational elements dads can use to actually know and enjoy their “little girls” and those imaginary tea parties. Yes, the author believes, you and your daughter can actually become close friends. You can have a direct impact on her life and future.
These books are just a sample of what we have. I would encourage you to visit FamilyVisionMedia.org, too. This digital library of resources will help you lead your family and instill a Christian worldview in your children. Find help for navigating today’s culture, news, and political climate.
Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads. I know you are already busy, but please try to carve out a few minutes for a “dad” book. Take a few minutes to invest in yourself so you can enrich your family and our world.
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Request the following titles from the Family Vision Library here:
Family Man, Family Leader: Biblical Fatherhood as the Key to a Thriving Family, by Philip Lancaster
The Power of Dadhood: How to Become the Father Your Child Needs, by Michael Byron
She Calls Me Daddy, by Robert Wolgemuth
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