Michael W. Smith, multi-platinum artist, celebrated songwriter, producer, best-selling author, and acclaimed actor, himself a father of five adult children and grandfather of sixteen, calls upon his humble experiences of growing up in a small West Virginia town to share his father’s story. Each chapter identifies a quality and characteristic of his dad that came out of an obedient and sacrificial life, committed to serving his Abba Father, including:
- Finding truth in tragedy
- Loving unconditionally
- Persevering through pain
- Bringing righteousness to the world
- Influencing and inspiring generations
- Discovering identity and approval in Christ
Paul Smith was a familiar face in the crowd at Michael W. Smith’s concerts over the years. A kind and joyful man who would sing, dance, and worship to the singer’s countless number one hits, with his countenance beaming brighter than the spotlights on the stage, Paul would often introduce himself to those nearby and talk about how proud he was of his son. From the artist’s early days as a struggling musician in Nashville to his death in 2015 (the year his son’s album sales surpassed 15 million), Paul was always Michael’s biggest fan.
Michael shares how his dad inspired and encouraged him using biblical principles and virtues. Now, Michael passes on these same truths through stories, testimonies, origins of songs, and personal insights from his family life and thirty-five plus years of touring as a Christian artist. He hopes that by sharing his father’s legacy, readers will come to find that no matter who our earthly parents have been in our lives, our Abba Father will never fail us.
The Way of the Father will likewise challenge readers in their faith journeys so they will one day hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have fought the good fight, run the race, and have been found faithful”just like Paul Smith heard on the day he was called home to be with his Father.
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About the Author
Robert Noland spent ten years as a touring musician, songwriter, and producer in Christian music and then twenty years running a para-church ministry where he first began writing Christian resources. Since 2014, he has become a best-selling author, writer, and creative consultant based outside of Franklin, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Dancing in the Aisle
The Fathers Legacy 1
Chapter 1 That's My Son!
The Father's Heart 5
Chapter 2 Curveballs and Swing Shifts
The Father's Excellence 15
Chapter 3 The Marshall Plane Crash
The Father's Grace 29
Chapter 4 Who's That Girl?
The Father's Faithfulness 41
Chapter 5 Never Met a Stranger
The Father's Invitation 53
Chapter 6 Loving on the Brokenhearted
The Father's Rescue 63
Chapter 7 A Profound Presence
The Father's Community 73
Chapter 8 Go Get 'Em!
The Father's Call 91
Chapter 9 If There's Any Good in Me
The Father's Love 103
Chapter 10 Walking Down This Dusty Road
The Father's Strength 115
Chapter 11 Not an Event, but an Experience
The Father's Righteousness 127
Chapter 12 Choirs and Crooners
The Father's Conversation 141
Chapter 13 Sugar Cookies and Wiffleball
The Father's Inheritance 155
Chapter 14 I Release You
The Father's Home 167
Chapter 15 You Are a Masterpiece
The Father's Offer 179
About the Authors 191