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If you are a father estranged from your child, a single mother hurt by a man who refuses to parent, or someone who lost contact with a father through separation or divorce, Father's Day can be a difficult and painful holiday. This Father's Day, join Mark Bryan, author of The Prodigal Father: Reuniting Fathers and Their Children, and take the first step on the road to establishing — or reestablishing — the fragile relationship between an absent father and his child.
The statistics on father absence speak for themselves: More than half of American children will not be raised by their birth fathers; 30 percent of children of divorce have never been inside their father's homes; 50 percent of divorced fathers see their children only once a year. In his groundbreaking book, Bryan addresses these statistics by looking beyond the stereotype of the "Deadbeat Dad" to the regret and pain suffered by estranged fathers. Then he offers a proven, step-by-step program to help these men assume a vital role in their children's lives.
The success of the program outlined in The Prodigal Father is grounded in Bryan's extensive work in adult education, both as the coauthor of the bestselling The Artist's Way and most recently as the director of the Father Project. The eight-step program helps estranged fathers negotiate the sensitive and tenuous path to reunion and includes advice on making amends to a child's mother, planning and initiating the reunion, and establishing an ongoing relationship. Bryan rounds out this program with aspecialsection urging mothers to help in the reunion process.
Bryan knows of the grief of separation and the triumph of reunion firsthand. He married his high school sweetheart at 16 and fathered a son at 17 but was divorced within two years and lost contact with his son for 14 years. Throughout The Prodigal Father, Bryan tells the story of his own turbulent road to reuniting with his son, Scott, as well as the reunion stories of people he has met through his Father Project workshops. With Bryan's practical advice and moving honesty, The Prodigal Father brings solutions and hope to one of the biggest and most critical problems facing our society today.