The Good Dad
The Good Dad
Becoming the Father You Were Meant to Be
Zondervan, Paperback, 9780310331797, 221pp.
Publication Date: April 22, 2014
It's never too late to be a better father
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 reminiscent of the hand of God that the director of the leading organization on family turned out to be a guy whose own background as a kid and son were 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?
That is the mystery unraveled in this book. Using his own expertise, humor, and inexhaustible wealth of stories, Jim will show you that God can make you a good dad, a great dad, in spite of the way you ve grown up and in spite of the mistakes you ve made.Maybe even because of them.
It's not about becoming a perfect father. It's about trying to become a better father, each and every day. It's about building relationships with your children through love, grace, patience, and fun and helping them grow into the men and women they re meant to be.
Paul Asay is an Associate Editor for Plugged In, a popular Web site that reviews and critiques movies, music, television and the wider culture from a Christian point of view. The site receives more than 1 million hits every month. He also has written for a number of other print and online publications, including The Washington Post, Christianity Today, and Beliefnet.com. The author of God on the Streets of Gotham: What a Big-Screen Batman Can Teach Us About Spirituality and Ourselves, Asay is a former religion reporter with The Gazette, Colorado Springs daily newspaper. He has been married to Wendy for 22 years and has two grown children. They live in Colorado Springs.