Finally, a pamphlet on Fatherhood, right!?! 🙂 Seriously though, 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 being 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 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 claim 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 herein and I encourage you to get your own copy from Rose Publishing HERE.
I was provided a free copy of this pamphlet from Rose Publishing for a free, unbiased, honest review.