Sunday, November 4, 2012

Father Hunger


Father Hunger
Douglas Wilson
Thomas Nelson Publishers

Fatherlessness is a "rot that is eating away at the modern soul," writes Douglas Wilson, and the problem goes far beyond physical absence. "Most of our families are starving for fathers, even if Dad is around, and there's a huge cost to our children and our society because of it." "Father Hunger "takes a thoughtful, timely, richly engaging excursion into our cultural chasm of absentee fatherhood. Blending leading-edge research with incisive analysis and real-life examples, Wilson traces a range of societal ills from poverty and crime to joyless feminism and paternalistic government expansion to a vacuum of mature masculinity

Explains the key differences between asserting paternal authority and reestablishing true spiritual fathering

Uncovers the corporate-fulfillment fallacy and other mistaken assumptions that undermine fatherhood

Extols the benefits of restoring fruitful fathering, from stronger marriages to greater economic liberty
Filled with practical ideas and self-evaluation tools, "Father Hunger" both encourages and challenges men to "embrace the high calling of fatherhood," becoming the dads that their families and our culture so desperately need them to be.

Wilson's research on Father Hunger is extensive and well done. However, I had such high hopes for this book and was left wanting. While appreciated all of the facts and sociological factors I found myself wanting...needing more story. It was clinical to the point of being boring at times. The topics is interesting and something I am personally passionate about but the book didn't live up to the hopes I had for it. Definitely worth a read though and something I plan to refer back to. 

My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

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