The Little Boy Down the Road: Short Stories & Essays on the Beauty of Family Life

The Little Boy Down the Road: Short Stories & Essays on the Beauty of Family Life

by Douglas W. Phillips


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The most important stories are not found in the pages of newspapers, but in the everyday life of the Christian family. The Little Boy Down the Road is a collection of humorous and thought-provoking short stories and essays on family and fatherhood that reveal the beauty of the Christian household.

Now, Doug Phillips gives readers a very personal look at the challenges, losses, and victories of life with his own family of ten.

Discover the blessing of family eccentricities, and the gentle art of "home school opera." Learn how wise fathers build manly libraries that influence children for generations. Meet an ensemble of animals from Penumbra the goat, to Goose Quixote, and Buddy the hamster, and laugh with Doug as he shares theories on how God uses our children's relationships with pets to teach us important life lessons. And before you leave the Phillips family, take time to remember the "most important things" as you meet the little boy who waits faithfully for his father at the end of the road.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934554777
Publisher: Vision Forum, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 10/28/2012
Pages: 191
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction xxi

1 The Little Boy Down the Road: Embracing a Father's First Priority 1

2 The Woman Who Chose Life: How Courageous Childbirth Changes the World 7

3 The Art of Home School Opera: The Blessing of Family Eccentricities 15

4 The Animal Fair: What We Learn from a Child's Relationships with Animals 31

5 The Man's Library: How Wise Fathers Use Books to Disciple Future Generations 71

6 The League of Grateful Sons: How Generational Honor Preserves Nations 87

7 The Coming of Mahershalalhashbaz: Towards Epistemologically Self-Conscious Baby Names 113

8 The War on Fatherhood: Why We Must Choose Between Patriarchy and Patricide 139

9 The Rise and Fall and Rise of Motherhood in America: Have We Forgotten that Only Women Can Be Mothers? 151

10 The Sins of Nellie Oleson: Lessons in Rebellion from "Little House on the Prairie" 169

11 Our Fathers' Rock: Why We Must Not Remove the Ancient Landmarks 175

12 Watching Our Sweethearts Grow Up: The Beauty and Pain of Having Daughters 189

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