Faith of a Father: From Torment to Trust: Forging Our New Identity in Christ

Faith of a Father: From Torment to Trust: Forging Our New Identity in Christ

by Frank Barbehenn


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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 exposé, 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 Faith of a Father.

Faith of a Father: From Torment to Trust is a 2016 Illumination Book Award Winner and Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940262901
Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Prelude xi

Why I Am Writing You This Long Letter 1

Part 1 The Forging of Conflicted Faith

My Trauma 17

The Emerging Spiritual Maelstrom 45

Beyond Their Problems 65

The Quiet Hero 91

My New Adoptive Mother 99

My Draw to Mystery 111

A Watershed Time 135

Part 2 Discovering the Real Jesus

Leaving Home 151

The Seduction 167

Rediscovering Church 213

Part 3 In Mad Pursuit of Jesus

The Basement Wall: A Place to Ask Why? 247

Here We Go 261

Round 1 So, Just Where Did All the Nonsense Come from? 261

Round 2 Whose Fault Is It Really? 271

Round 3 Why Was Jesus Murdered? 280

Round 4 Caterpillar-Becoming-Butterfly 292

Pulling It Together 299

Part 4 Back to the Future: Wrapping His Royal Robe Around My Past

The Moral Trap 305

The Path to Freedom 323

Part 5 Clutching His Royal Robe

I Am-But I'm Not-Thomas 345

As If Childhood Trauma Were Not Enough 353

Enough Is Enough 367

How Should I Then Live? 379

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DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
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!