If you keep up with cultural trends at all, you are well aware one of the biggest problems facing our nation is the absent or unavailable dad. Having a godly father can change a child’s life and touches every part of their life as they grow. Surprisingly, there don’t seem to be nearly as many resources for dads as there are for moms.
I was interested in seeing what the 10 Things Great Dads Do: Strategies for Raising Great Kids had to say on the topic. This new book by Rick Johnson attempts to identify the ten areas on which dads need to focus their efforts in order to be great dads. The topics range from humor to communication, spiritual matters and more. Each chapter is filled with practical ways to be a great dad in those areas.
Johnson does a great job in making the advice readable and non-threatening. Along the way, he shares many stories from his own experiences as a dad. The book is written for Christian dads and does a good job of making suggestions for dads on how to help themselves and their children grow spiritually. Although the book doesn’t contain enough scriptures and references to the Bible itself to qualify in my opinion as a Bible study, it does point the reader back to the Bible and encourages dads to take a major role in the spiritual growth of their kids.
I especially appreciate the author’s emphasis on entering your child’s world and helping your child discover how God created him/her to serve in the Kingdom. Although the advice isn’t new, it always bears repeating as so few fathers seem to heed it. While the book is more of a primer than an advanced study of how to be the best Christian father, I think most dads will get plenty of practical advice they can use.
If you are a mom reading this post, seriously consider buying this book for your husband. Often the way people view God initially is the way they view their earthly fathers. Fathers have a tremendous impact on their children and most have no idea how crucial their role really is in the family. Don’t give it with your critiques of your husband’s performance, rather with appreciation at how tough and important his role is to your kids. Let him know you want to help him in any way you can so your kids can be the people God wanted them to be. Even small changes can make a huge difference to your kids and this book can definitely give dads lots of great ideas.
This book was given to me for free in exchange for my honest review. An affiliate link is included for your convenience.