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 lifenearly 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 disabilitiesdisabilities that emerged as a result of his childhood. He reveals utterly intimate details of how his mind was forged through those traumasdriving his unchosen but painstaking quest for spiritual truth. It’s the story of how one man found and embraced faithnot 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 looksfrom the inside outfrom 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.
Faith of a Father: From Torment to Trust is a 2016 Illumination Book Award Winner and Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist.
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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.
Table of Contents
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!