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Fatherhood

Fatherhood is a challenging and wonderful role designed by our Creator. It can be easy to let natural tendencies lead us in this area and fall on either extreme of passivity or dominance. Instead, let us pursue the call of biblical servant leadership where fathers are willing to learn, grow and lead by the Holy Spirit. A few resources to encourage us in fatherhood are listed below:

Being an Involved Father-Focus on the Family link detailing parenting roles.

She Calls Me Daddy  amazon.com
Author: Robert Wolgemuth
This easy to read book focuses on seven things every man should know about raising a girl.  It concentrates on specific areas of growth to reveal what a father can do to ensure she becomes the woman God wants her to be.

 

Bringing up Girls    amazon.com
Author: Dr. James Dobson
This 304-page book will equip parents to face the challenges of raising their daughters to become healthy, happy, and successful women who overcome challenges specific to girls and women today and who ultimately excel in life.

 

Bringing Up Boys      amazon.com
Author: Dr. James Dobson
This 269-page book encourages fostering the growth of boys into the men God intended them to be.

 

 

Growing a Spiritually Strong Family    amazon.com
Author: Dennis Rainey
This short book is a great resource to help parents start or renew their focus toward growing a spiritually strong family. Ten spiritual principles are outlined, including practical ideas on how to engage those principles. Each chapter could be read in about ten minutes, making this a quick discussion generator and manageable resource for couples or families.

 

Mighty Men   amazon.com
Author: John Crotts
Mighty Men is a booklet that is written in hopes of providing a “starter kit” for men who have been reluctant to take the reins of spiritual leadership in their homes, and show them the path to imitating Christ in loving, servant leadership.

 

 

Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood  amazon.com
Author: Dennis Rainey
As men, all of us face decisions in life that demand courage. One courageous choice leads to another; tomorrow’s integrity depends on today’s bravery. In this easy to read book, the author identifies five stages of a man’s journey through life – boyhood, adolescence, manhood, mentor, and patriarch – and examines a man’s responsibilities at each step. A good resource to use individually or in a small group setting. Further discussion questions can be found here.

 

Spiritual Leadership: A Commitment to Excellence for Every Believer     amazon.com
Author: J. Oswald Sanders
Teaching the principles of leadership through biographies of eminent men of God – men such as Moses, Nehemiah, Paul, David Livingstone, and Charles Spurgeon.  Christianity needs a powerful voice in today’s world. Such a voice can come only from strong leaders guided by God and devoted to Christ. Spiritual Leadership will encourage you to place your talents and powers at His disposal so you can become a leader used for His glory.