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Growing Up Fatherless: Healing from the Absence of Dad Paperback – February, 2003

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This book begins inauspiciously, with an introduction that is little more than a laundry list of statistics about divorce in America. Nappa reveals that children of divorce are more likely than others to require psychological help, feel lonely and insecure, attempt suicide, act aggressively toward their peers, and be victims of child molestation. Readers should stay the course, however, because although the introduction feels impersonal (not to mention depressing), the 10 chapters that constitute the body of the book are heartfelt, well written and full of hope. Nappa, who is the child of divorced parents, tells of his own father, a distant and unresponsive man who was emotionally absent even on the rare occasions when he was physically present. He also shares the stories of other fatherless individuals, interweaving perceptive social commentary and psychological experts' findings with these memorable anecdotes. Throughout, Nappa encourages fatherless readers to connect with a Heavenly Father who loves them unconditionally. God, he says, understands, accepts, disciplines, forgives, comforts, challenges, empowers and enjoys his children.
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About the Author

Mike Nappa is the bestselling author of 52 Fun Family Devotions, An Introduction to Family Nights, and A Heart Like His. He serves as publisher of Nappaland.com, the free webzine for families; is a contributing editor for CBA Frontline magazine; and writes columns for Crosswalk.com, CBNnow.org, HomeLife magazine, and FaithWorks magazine. Mike and his wife, Amy, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800758072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800758073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mike Nappa watches too much TV, reads too many comic books, utters too many bad words, laughs at all the wrong jokes, and often gets in trouble because he says whatever he happens to be thinking at the moment. In spite of that, people have bought more than a million copies of Mike's books. Weird, huh?

He's a bestselling and award-winning author and editor of many books, ministry resources, and magazine articles. He holds a master's degree in English and a bachelor's degree in Christian Education, with emphasis in Bible theology. Most of all, Mike Nappa loves Jesus, and he figures that covers over a multitude of sins.

Learn more at
* www.Nappaland.com/MikeNappa
* www.NappalandLiterary.com
* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Nappa

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Waits on August 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, many, many of the people I know, regardless of age, are the products of a divorced family. They have their own set of issues & angst which they will carry with them their whole lives. As a result of the divorce in their family, & the mobility of American society, many of them basically grew up fatherless. It's a situation in the lives of millions that will only continue to impact our culture in deeper & deeper ways as time passes.
Also, even though there are those in the circles of my life whose parents remained together, many of those people grew up with fathers who were distant, non-involved, abusive, workaholics, or just non-players in the lives of their children. These children, in effect, have grown up fatherless in many ways.
(It's a pitiful thing when you have to really think to name someone whose relationships with their parents is gives a semblance of being what could be termed, "normal.")
I believe this book by Mike Nappa can be more than a little helpful for anyone who has a fractured or non-existent relationship with their biological fathers. It addresses real world applications that can help stem the tide of this epidemic.
Now I will admit to you that when my wife, Lynn, handed me this book, I was a bit skeptical. I figured this would be one of those insipid, shallow little tomes that quoted lots of scripture & be long on preaching & short on practical handholds to alleviate this painful part of this culture. I was wrong!
One of the basic problems people have who have grown up fatherless is that they have no way of conceptualizing what a father should be like. Nappa uses the basic truth that God wants to relate most of all to us as a Perfect Father.
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This book focuses on the painful feelings and challenges children and adults face as a result of not having their father in their lives, for which I can relate to and was moved to tears. There are many examples of what a father's love is and what it isn't, which I found to be very helpful. It offers the solution of looking to God as a heavenly father, who will be there for you in every way that a human father was not or will not be in the future. And that is the main message throughout the book. Many passages from the bible are quoted as if it were proof of this truth, and that's where I lost interest in the book. If you are very religious, then you may find this book inspiring and helpful. For me, quoting the bible throughout the book is not proof of anything, just as believing that a spiritual father is always there for you watching over you is in any way a replacement for a human one. There are examples of how God's love works through people, and that I believe whole heartedly. This book was not what I expected, but I'll take what I find true and helpful and ignore the rest.
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By Linda Finken on July 6, 2014
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This book was VERY helpful to my daughter who grew up without almost any contact from her father.
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By MariaElena Barros on September 10, 2013
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This book is wonderful because many, many of us have grown up fatherless and there is something significant missing from our hearts when we do. With God, we are never Fatherless. Read it and begin to heal.
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