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Father Fiction: Chapters for a Fatherless Generation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Not just for the fatherless

    Miller has an amazing ability to draw you into his story--honest, vivid, humorous, and packed with nuggets of great insight. Though this book is primarily written for those who grew up fatherless, those who did grow up with a father will benefit from this book also. Miller shares about his childhood, the ways in which he felt left out of circles because he didn't have a father, and how those moments shaped how he related to God. Whether you are a man, woman, fatherless or not, this book will help you understand more of the heart of God and how you can relate to Him as a child.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

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    A dollar well spent

    I found this hardback at the Dollar Tree-sorry, B&N. I don't know if I would have picked it up for full price as I'm not a huge fan of Donald Miller, mainly because of his fuzzy approach to theology-a lot of "conversation" without saying much in the way of objective truth. This was a refreshing departure from that. Father Fiction is aimed mainly at readers who grew up as Donald did, without really knowing his father, and he recounts stories in his usual humorous style, expounding wisdom from those experiences. Don's faith plays a big part, and although he shies away from Biblical references, Biblical concepts are evident throughout. I don't have the same experience he had with his father's absence, but as a son and now a father myself, I really enjoyed his perspectives on what he had learned, particularly on the metaphorical link between earthly father/son relationships and that of our heavenly Father to us. He also shares insights on other relationships, education, work, manhood, authority, making good choices, forgiveness, and he's really funny in the right places. I'd recommend Father Fiction for really anyone, even if it costs more than a buck.

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

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    Hope for Fathers

    Donald Miller has produced another great work. In Father Fiction, Don tackles one of the hardest issues facing our generation today - lack of a father influence. He shares his own struggle with growing up with out a father, and subsequently his own search for his father and answers that had eluded him for decades.

    Donald identifies some key areas for discussion regarding why a father is so important in the life of young men (primarily), but also with women.

    * Manhood: God made men - boys need to understand that key point

    * Authority - if a boy grows up without a father, it is more difficult for them to understand the role of authority in their lives

    * Role Models - even if a child grows up without a father, key men can come alongside the child and show them how to be a man

    * Work Ethic - seeing how a man works, and the value of that effort is often learned at a young age. This value is sometimes overlooked, but certainly helps a boy become a man.

    Perhaps, the greatest point made in this book surrounds the idea of forgiveness. If your father walked away from you or your family, you still have the power to forgive him. Your choice is independent of any relationship that may or may not develop as result of your forgiveness. Forgiveness is a matter of the heart.

    This is a must read for men, especially those who grew up without a father.

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