Review: Father Fiction by Donald Miller

Donald Miller has produced another great work. In Father Fiction, Don tackles one of the hardest issues facing our generation today – lack of a father influence. He shares his own struggle with growing up with out a father, and subsequently his own search for his father and answers that had eluded him for decades.

Donald identifies some key areas for discussion regarding why a father is so important in the life of young men (primarily), but also with women.

  • Manhood: God made men – boys need to understand that key point
  • Authority – if a boy grows up without a father, it is more difficult for them to understand the role of authority in their lives
  • Role Models – even if a child grows up without a father, key men can come alongside the child and show them how to be a man
  • Work Ethic – seeing how a man works, and the value of that effort is often learned at a young age. This value is sometimes overlooked, but certainly helps a boy become a man.

Perhaps, the greatest point made in this book surrounds the idea of forgiveness. If your father walked away from you or your family, you still have the power to forgive him. Your choice is independent of any relationship that may or may not develop as result of your forgiveness. Forgiveness is a matter of the heart.

This is a must read for men, especially those who grew up without a father.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from christianaudio as part of their Audio Book Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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