Monday, June 18, 2012

Father Hunger

With Father's Day just past us, I thought it fitting to post a review of "Father Hunger", by Douglas Wilson. Fatherhood is a role often abused or left vacant in our world today, and Wilson is not afraid to tell you what's what.

“Father Hunger” is much more than a book on how to be a good dad. In his usual style of truth served with a side dish of wit, Douglas Wilson not only tackles the subject of fatherhood, but he has a way of brushing against several other topics along the way. His frequent bunny trails, however, do not leave you lost or confused, but serve as more in depth examples, or sometimes just a good chuckle.

Obviously I’m not a father or a male, and certainly not masculine, but I greatly benefited from reading this book! I wish every dad, son and uncle--all of them!--could get their hands on this paperback and their minds around this message.

Fatherhood is not about being an authoritative ruler over a family, but being a sacrificial leader and provider. Young men in today’s world not only lack godly, male role-models in their lives, but have no desire or will-power to aspire to the biblical role of manhood. Masculinity is an endangered species, if you will, and widely corrupted and downplayed in our culture. I love how Wilson says it, “Like a concrete foundation, masculine toughness has to lie underneath masculine tenderness.”

So the first place Wilson points his readers for an example is to our Father in heaven, the perfect example of masculinity, fatherhood, and unconditional love. Not only does our culture need responsible fathers in the home, but we need homes inviting the Father in.

I can’t say it enough: I highly recommend this book! I would hand out a copy to every man that passes by if I could. But since I can’t, order a copy and then head over to to jump into this and other topics Douglas Wilson addresses.

I received a copy of this book from in exchange for this review.

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