My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Whenever I read about the mighty men in the Old Testament, I cannot help but feel that they lack being a father, and fail life overall as a result. So, when I came across this title, I was more than curious to see what others thought. Warren looks at eight biblical dads and what their mistakes were in fatherhood. There were some that I had expected to see on the list: David, Jacob, Saul, and Eli. However, there were also some surprise fathers: Laban, Abraham, Manoah, and Lot. I suppose that these were mostly because I had not recognized a few of them, but it was illuminating nonetheless. Warren ends the book with advice for fathers on how to be a good father, as well as provides resources for fathers to connect with.
Warren has space for reflection, correction, and connection in each chapter to help fatherhood readers learn from the material and improve themselves. Warren opens the text by addressing the lack of proper parenting in the church and that the role of a father sets up how one views G-d, making this role paramount in the formation of faith.
In each chapter, Warren provides a scripture verse and talks about his own life experiences, identifying with the reader on a basic and man-to-man level. Warren does not write with a script of “read this, study that, and move on.” Instead, he identifies what his personal life was and how it connects to the character in question. From there, he covers what his response promise is to learn from the mistake.
The book is an easy read and each mistake could be a nightly devotion, if you’re into that sort of thing. Or you could cover it all in one fell swoop. Either way, the content is good, and worth the read.
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