Further reading that honors fathers:
The Key to your Child’s Heart by Gary Smalley Kids can be tough to read sometimes, which makes them tough to help or understand. It can also be tough to gain respect without being domineering. Gary Smalley outlines effective steps for parents to open up a child that has shut them out. He describes family-tested ways for parents to set limits and enforce them, and he reveals the simple but powerful secret for achieving a close-knit family. Learn proven parenting methods that can spell the difference between an angry, rebellious, distant child and a happy, cooperative one.
Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel Drawing from her own family’s experiences and from interaction with other parents, Lisa Whelchel offers creative solutions for parents who are out of ideas and desperate for new, proven approaches to discipline. In addition to advice on topics such as sibling conflict and lying, Whelchel offers a biblical perspective and down-to-earth encouragement to parents who are feeling overwhelmed. A handy reference guide that provides ideas for specific situations rounds out this resource that will be a blessing to parents and their children. Very father friendly.
The Heroic Path by John Sowers. Raised by a mother and grandmother, when John Sowers’ twin girls were born, it exposed a crushing fear: he was afraid to be a dad because he still didn’t feel like a man. His search begins with a personal examination: his lack of “stereotypical man-skills,” his passiveness in the face of abusive bosses and his relationship with his wife. His quest for the “wild masculine” takes him into the wilds of Alaska, where meets a master guide and faces a bear, resulting in a “threshold moment.” He discovers the path to masculinity is rooted in rites of initiation, rites which modern men lack. Walk with John on his deeply personal exploration of what it means to be a man. Get off the grid on a dinosaur hunt. Walk with a group of soldiers on mountain patrol. Learn the mythic steps of manhood from the One True Myth, as Jesus moved from carpenter into Messiah, as he left the village, went under water, into wilderness, and then back to the Village to save it.
Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story by Dr. John Sowers. How can the faith community begin rewriting this tragic story? Written for those who are fatherless themselves and those concerned with social justice, Fatherless Generation uses culture, statistics, and testimonies to remind us that it is possible for a generation to find healing. Drawing on years of research and personal experience, Dr. Sowers shows us that intentional, inter-generational mentoring is the key to a new story of hope. It is in relationship that this generation has been wounded and it is in relationship that healing must begin. Mentoring is the most strategic way to reconcile our generation with God. Weaving in his own experience of fatherlessness, Dr. Sowers eloquently presents the desperate reality of fatherlessness in our culture and how awareness and compassion offer a solution of hope—a hope that will write new stories for generations to come.
The New Dad Book of Secrets: Things You Didn’t Realise You Needed to Know [Kindle Edition] New Dad Secrets is unique in its approach. It’s filled with tiny, short chapters designed to be picked up at any moment for a quick blast of comfort, encouragement, humour and a little touch of wisdom thrown in for good measure. Its cleverly written bite size chunks of real life scenarios are poignantly aimed at the new or expectant dad.
The Fatherhood Principle – Priority, Position, and the Role of Males by Dr. Myles Munroe. Married or single, with or without children of his own, every man is designed by God to be a father to those around him. Munroe offers key insights and principles that show you how to fulfill your role of source, sustainer, protector, teacher, disciplinarian, leader, caring one, and more as you discover your true purpose in life!
Foxhole Father: The Field Guide for Fathers by Christopher Whalen [From the reviews: Foxhole Father is a call to arms for fathers everywhere. This book offers practical and valuable advice to men navigating the role of parent, with wisdom, insight and razor sharp clarity. Chris exposes the courage and commitment engaged fathering requires, and calls upon all men to step up and take an active and valiant role in the lives of their children. Reading this book will certainly make you think long and hard about the role fathers can and should play in the lives of their children. I highly recommend it. Jennifer Cory, MS, LCSW, Clinical Psychotherapist] A ton of great info here that speaks to parenting from a man’s – and manly – perspective. The three letters from his daughters at the beginning were the best endorsement any author could get. This is a book I will buy a couple copies of and share with important dads in my life.
Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream – and Why It Matters by Dr. Helen Smith. As Men on Strike demonstrates, men aren’t dropping out because they are stuck in arrested development. They are instead acting rationally in response to the lack of incentives society offers them to be responsible fathers, husbands and providers. In addition, men are going on strike, either consciously or unconsciously, because they do not want to be injured by the myriad of laws, attitudes and hostility against them for the crime of happening to be male in the twenty-first century.
Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Based on Ephesians 5:33 and extensive biblical and psychological research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs reveals the power of unconditional love and unconditional respect and how husbands and wives can reap the benefits of marriage that God intended.
Always Daddy’s Girl: Understanding Your Fathers Impact on Who You Are by H. Norman Wright. No matter how old she is, a woman’s relationship with her father – whether it was wonderful or painful – had an impact on the person she is today. Her relationship with men, her career and her feelings about herself have all been shaped by her father, whether she realizes it or not. Now, with the help of noted marriage and family counselor H. Norman Wright, women can begin to understand how their fathers had a profound effect on their emotions and behaviors as adults. A great read for fathers who want to make the best impact on their daughters.
Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker. In today’s increasingly complicated world, it’s often difficult for parents to connect with their daughters–and especially so for fathers. In this unique and invaluable guide, Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than twenty years’ experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman’s relationship with her father is far more important than we’ve ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father’s attention, protection, courage, and wisdom. Dr. Meeker shares the ten secrets every father needs to know in order to strengthen or rebuild bonds with his daughter and shape her life–and his own–for the better.
The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage by Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Great kids need great parents. Jumping off her million-copy bestseller The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, Dr. Laura Schlessinger exposes the sensitive and loving truths necessary to produce and sustain a wonderfully satisfying marriage. First and foremost, men and women need to understand and appreciate the uniqueness of masculinity and femininity. Both husband and wife have power in their relationship, and both need to realize this to ensure for themselves the personal satisfaction they yearn for. Dr. Laura explores the best ways a couple can relate, caretake, and nurture each other, and how to rescue a troubled marriage that seems doomed to fail.
Passionate Marriage by Dr. David Schnarch. It takes guts to build a good marriage. Schnarch goes beyond simply curing sexual dysfunctions to show couples how to grow closer in their marriage. In this highly successful and untraditional approach to sex and marital therapy he reveals how a passionate sex life requires each person to face the anxiety of defining himself/herself while getting closer to their partner. A fantastic book on personal growth, and how two people committed to one another can bring out the best in each other.
Faith and Society Blog’s Catalog of Anti-Male Shaming Tactics. A blogger’s concise run-down of classic feminist put-downs, with color codes.
Throwaway Dads – The Myths and Barriers that Keep Men From Being the Fathers They Want to Be by Ross D. Parke and Armin A. Brott. Parke and Brott explain the deep-seated and yet grossly unfair myths about fathers that seem rampant in popular society. They explore the media images of fathers and how they have changed from the wisdom of Ward Cleaver and the love and strength of Cliff Huxtable to the bumbling and irresponsible Homer Simpson. They look at the real statistics of parental abuse and indifference and show that there is no natural predisposition to irresponsibility in fathers. And most importantly, they contradict the all-too-common myth that children do just as well without fathers as they do with them. The book gives ample evidence that fathers are not inferior to mothers as caregivers and that having a committed father is one of the keys to children’s intellectual and emotional success in life.
I Am Not the Father – Narratives of Men Falsely Accused of Paternity by M. L. Matthews. Honesty in fatherhood brings honor to fathering. When M.L. Matthews was a teenager, he found himself falsely accused of paternity; a DNA test proved he was not the father of the child in question. Even so, this false accusation had a tremendous impact on his life. In I Am Not the Father, he presents his own tale, as well as the stories of four other men falsely accused of paternity, in hopes of providing a better understanding of the consequences of such claims.
Five books for divorced dads – Help for divorced dads navigating the legal system.