Using his thirty-five years in clinical practice, theological expertise, and professional self-analysis, Frank invites you on a totally unique ride. Structured as a father s open letter to his daughter Kristen, Frank s memoir explores his magnetic draw to faith...and the spiritual maelstrom that drew him to a profound yet deeply conflicted journey with Jesus Christ. The highly readable story of Frank s emerging faith in Jesus is a spellbinding dance among various forces in his life. In this most personal, page-turning expose, he courageously discloses how trauma shaped his life nearly from the moment of his birth. Beginning in infancy, he was traumatized by an extraordinarily cold, emotionless alcoholic mother. From early childhood on, he was emotionally abused by an angry disabled father. Later, in midlife, he was twice traumatized by disabilities disabilities that emerged as a result of his childhood. He reveals utterly intimate details of how his mind was forged through those traumas driving his unchosen but painstaking quest for spiritual truth. It s the story of how one man found and embraced faith not only the circumstances that engendered it, but the forces deep inside him that shaped his hypnotic draw to it. In poignant detail, he describes how that faith really looks from the inside out from deep within his own psyche. And it all culminates in a story Frank never fully shared with his daughter...until now...in Faith of a Father."
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About the Author
The author is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and theologically trained at Westminster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania. He is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a Fellow with the American Psychotherapy Association. He specializes in relationship and trauma therapy, and the integration of faith and the Bible with the tough issues he faces clinically.
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Although very good, this book took me a while to read. Frank shares the story of his journey to finding true faith written as a letter to his daughter. It is detailed and personal. Frank analyzes his life from a psychological point of view from childhood to adulthood. He details the events and people that impacted his life and influenced the person he has become today. Although Frank grew up in a pretty dysfunctional home life, he still speaks highly of his parents and brings to light their positive traits and reinforces their strengths. He talks in length about how those ideals have stuck with him, as well as, how the negative way his parents related to him as a child affects how he relates to people today. He shares his disappointment in the Catholic church and the questions that led him to desire to know truth. His journey to faith is a compelling and interesting one. I found this book to be insightful and encouraging. I read it slowly, digesting what he wrote and taking into consideration things that happened in his life, comparing them to my own, lingering on how those events and people - good and bad influenced who he is today. I enjoyed the analogies and in depth psychology. I would recommend this book to anyhow who may have had a traumatic or tough childhood, who has struggled with their faith and the question of "why would God allow such and such?". It wasn't really an easy book to read. I just had to read a chapter or so at a time, digest the info, then move on to the next chapter. I felt like I was getting a very personal and up-close look at Frank and his family, both past and present. I received this book from the author and the book club network in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is a memoir of the trials, damaged emotions and traumatized faith of a man who wants to share his story with his daughter and in turn with us. He tells it as it was growing up with an alcoholic mother and an angry abusive father. He shares some intimate details of his life and how through his quest for spiritual truth he has survived. He now helps others as he is a licensed psychologist and specializes in relationship and trauma therapy. Faith of a Father was at times painful to read, but what a lesson in faith! I was gifted a copy by the Book Club Network for review.
A heart-felt, poignant account of childhood trauma and coming to terms with that and finding faith. I have a great deal of respect for a man who can put this all out there to help others and he has done it in such a way as to not denigrate his parents. Having endured childhood trauma myself, this book is a beacon of finding a way through, of finding faith.
Faith of a Father by Frank Barbehenn will leave you with a lasting impression of hope and love. It is a candid letter to his daughter describing how he became the man he is today through trauma. He goes into great detail about his childhood and the trauma he endured. I think about how I would have loved my father to have written what his life was like growing up and what life with my mom was like for him. Frank was abused by his father and had a mother that was an alcoholic. Thank goodness he had an older brother to help when his father was nowhere to be found to do the normal things like toss a ball. He was raised Catholic but shown no love from his family. He was shown friendship and caring from teachers. He wanted answers to questions that he saw his family struggle with like, Does God exist? Does God care? Why is he letting me go through this? I cried while reading this book about how much he had to endure. Later in life he was able to realize that it wasn't his fault that he was a victim. He tells us that we need to forgive because vengeance will not give us peace. He has continued through life with challenges and learned to be courageous and have joy and hope. Jesus is our hope and joy! I love that he has left a legacy for not only his daughter but for future generations. I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.