Fatherhood: Making A Lifetime Of Difference Pamphlet
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Fatherhood - Dads Make a Difference
Despite what you see on TV, fathers are extremely important in the lives of their children! This pamphlet uses statistical data and biblical wisdom and a good sense of humor to show the importance of fathers in today's changing society. Fatherhood: Making a Lifetime of Difference is a perfect overview of God's important calling for men to be true fathers. This pamphlet shows that God is our best model for fathering, and explains the biblical teachings of love, instruction, and discipline.
14 panels, fits inside most Bibles, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, unfolds to 38 inches long
Ideas for using Fatherhood:
In Fatherhood, you will find:
- Giveaway for Father's Day. Has a warm positive message for both believers and unbelievers, while pointing to biblical principles.
- Use as a men's small group Bible study. See discussion questions below.
- Counseling. Using God as a picture of the perfect father, this pamphlet helps fathers to follow biblical wisdom in areas of love, mercy, discipline, forgiveness, and guidance.
- Encouraging for the widower or single father, too. It shows statistics that the father-child relationship is very important to raising good, solid kids.
- A colorful, clear, and positive tone. Short and easy to read, this pamphlet includes dozens of key Bible passages on character and raising children.
- Humorous quotes about fathers, such as this classic: "When I was 14...my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."
- Section on forgiveness for men whose own fathers fell short of being loving dads.
- Ideas for interacting with children and training them.
- Section on honesty and integrity
- Statistics on the importance of fathers' involvement with children. Many studies prove that fathers make a difference in helping kids avoid drug and alcohol abuse, early sexual activity, and dropping out of school.
- TV sitcoms featuring Homer Simpson and the dad on Family Guy make fathers look ignorant and unimportant. There's a lot of disrespect for fathers in today's society. Why are you convinced that fathers are important in the modern family?
- Fatherhood: Making a Lifetime of Difference says that even dads in difficult situations can change their children's lives. How can a father be effective even if he is a widower, away on military duty, or divorced?
- When you fail as a father (breaking a promise or lose your temper, for example), what's the best way to talk to your children?
- Statistics show that involved fathers play an important part in keeping kids away from pre-marital sexual activity. What can a father tell his children to help them avoid sex before marriage?
- What advice do you give men whose own father fell short of what a good father should do and be?
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Review by: Paul Dare - August 24, 2011
Rose has put together a great little resource, packed with great quotes, statistics and encouragement for husbands and fathers of all ages and situations.
"Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow" -Reed Markham
Purely from a statistical standpoint, this pamphlet provides some great raw data on the benefits of being a father, being home, being connected and intentional as a parent. Regardless of your religious background or current convictions, these principles apply to all men everywhere and at all times. Being a Dad is a tremendously important thing in every culture. You can't argue with the facts and this resource is packed with them. Political arguments that "it takes a village to raise a child" are completely turned on their head by the data here.
"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty." -Unknown
What I enjoyed most about this pamphlet was it's connection of earthly fatherhood to the Fatherhood of God. We do best as Dad's when we look at our Creator and Father God for character qualities we are to emulate. His goodness is the model for our goodness. His faithfulness is to be the target we aim for in our faithfulness. The world will promote a million ideas for what makes a good father. God has one: Be like me. Rose does a great job charting out the father qualities of God and how we can strive to honor him by being like God to our children. Not perfectly, of course. It's about direction, not perfection.
"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply, "We're raising boys." - Harmon Killebrew
Rose also helps us by giving us some great negative examples in their "Bad Dad's in the Bible" section. Noah, Jacob, Eli, Saul and David were all `heroes of the faith' but they also all fell into sin and foolishness during their lifetime. Modern Dads can take great encouragement from knowing that God used these men in spite of their failures. This doesn't mean sin is a little thing, but when we have realized and repented of it, God can use us today!
Lastly, this little booklet lists dozens of resources for further investigation into the topics of family, fatherhood and faithfulness. I was greatly helped by the material and I encourage you to get your own copy.
(This customer was given a promotional review copy.)