Dad, If You Only Knew...

Dad, If You Only Knew...

By Josh Weidmann; Jim Weidmann

Multnomah Books, Paperback, 9781590524862, 157pp.

Publication Date: August 2005


Listen Up, Dads! Your Teen Is Talking to You!

As exasperating as parenting can be during these volatile years, your teen is depending on you for steady faithfulness, love, and guidance. And because teens often find words elusive and expression difficult, they probably haven’t told you the things they wish you somehow automatically knew. So let Dad, If You Only Knew... be your guide. Josh Weidmann, just out of the teen years himself, joins his father, James, to help dads understand where their kids are coming from. It’s a messy world they live in, and meeting them in it is no simple task. But knowing these essentials now makes fatherhood eight times easier!

Welcome to Your Teen’s World

It doesn’t matter if you have the most picture-perfect, ideal-in-every-way teen or one who’s in full-swing rebellion. That teen you love is a “riddle wrapped in a mystery.” No father can know what his teen is really thinking.

That’s why youth communicator Josh Weidmann teamed with his father, Jim, to help you bridge the gap. In Dad, If You Only Knew…you’ll get an open, honest glimpse inside the teen mind. Josh’s extensive research, combined with pointed direction from a father’s heart, provide you with the practical guidance you need to establish a healthy, thriving father-teen relationship. It’s one you desire, your teen needs, and you both can’t afford to miss.

Story Behind the Book

“The resounding cry of teens for their fathers rings in my ear. I have been speaking to youth for five years and the greatest void I see in teens’ lives is the one left by their dad. I am only twenty-three years old myself, and to this day I can say that my dad is the most influential man in my life. Because of his impact, I have asked him share in this book. We have written this message in hopes of helping dads reengage in the vital father-teen relationship.” —Josh Weidmann

About the Author
Josh Weidmann led Revival Generation for four years and has spoken at events across the country, including the Creation Festival. He is passionate about sharing the Good News with his generation and was instrumental in leading high school students in Littleton, Colorado, through the aftermath of the 1999 Columbine shooting. He is a 2005 graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

Jim Weidmann has been a consultant for Men of the Word, and helps to train and resource parents to become intentional in passing their faith to their children, and, to come alongside the church and help them educate, equip and encourage parents in the process.He is the voice of The Family Night Guy, a radio feature providing parents with simple ways to teach their children the values of their faith. Through practical, powerful and entertaining vignettes, Jim shares activities and tips that help parents pass on a spiritual legacy and heritage. Currently, it reaches over 10 Million listeners per week.As a popular author and speaker, Jim also enjoys showing parents how to teach their children biblical principles. He is co-author of the Family Night Tool Chest series of books, Spiritual Milestones, The Power of Teachable Moments, Dad If You Only Knew and served as General Editor on A Parents' Guide to the Spiritual Mentoring of Teens.Jim has been featured on many radio programs, including Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson, Promise Keepers radio and Family Life radio.Jim has served as the Senior Vice President/ COO for Promise Keepers, responsible to implement strategy and oversee the day-to-day operations. He also served, for 10 years, as Vice Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force and as Executive Director of HB at Focus on the Family. Jim worked with IBM in sales and marketing for 12 years, has been a football coach for the U.S. Air Force Academy and is a former Air Force pilot. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the Academy and an M.B.A. from Hardin Simmons University with a concentration in Marketing.Jim has enjoyed over 28 years of marriage to his wife, Janet. They have four children.