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King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father Hardcover – February, 2005

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"Every son longs for his father’s direction, for Dad to make the son a leader. 'King Me!' the son cries out. . . . God calls upon fathers to mentor their sons.'
—Steve Farrar


"Narrator Chris Fabry has an engaging approach and tone with this lesson--a well-crafted and timely reminder that sons need thoughtful and intentional fathers for them to become effective men. Young boys, in particular, need structure and warmth from their fathers to internalize a good system for living. They need even more care and firm boundaries during their teenage years. With a more historical than biblical tone, Fabry offers examples of ancient kings who failed to provide these things for their sons, who then lost their kingdoms and their way. Overall, this is a broadly useful guide from a tireless author who knows how to deliver an effective lesson." 
T.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Every son longs for his father’s direction, for Dad to make the son a leader. “King me!” the son cries out. . . .  God calls upon fathers to mentor their sons.
-Steve Farrar

King Me is a masterpiece.  Every caring dad really needs to read it!
-Dr. Joe White, President Kanakuk Kamps Inc., Branson, Missouri

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; First Edition edition (February 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802433219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802433213
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I rarely read and if I do it is typically fiction (last book I read was 2 years ago). But I might read this book twice! King Me is so full of insightful information from an experienced father that undoubtably each new "pass through" will provide additional guidance for young fathers in raising boys in decadent days.

Rarely have I ever taken time to review a product BUT this book should be in the hands of everyone responsible for the soul of a young boy. The only downside to this book for a "typical non-reader" is feeling drawn to read more of Mr. Farrar's books.
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This is the best book I've read on raising boys. It is easy to ready, practical and supported by biblical principles. I highly recommend it to principled men who take their role as fathers very seriously.
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I am a female working on a talk to give to men. I saw this book and thought I would see what it has to offer. I now can't believe I've allowed my children to be adults without knowing this information. If you have a son, he deserves the best and this book is the best guideline I've seen to raise boys to men.
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By Angel on July 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I gave this book as a Father's Day present to my son and a friend but I did read it first. I was intriqued by the comments on the feminizing of our boys due to the amount of time boys spent with women. I think there is a lot of truth in what the author presented. Fathers are so important in the lifes of children and I hope this book helps to remind them of why they need to be active, not just observers, in their sons lifes.
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My husband, who does little to nothing on the computer, only dictated this line to me: "I wish i had this book 10 years ago!" He says it is a must have for every dad and requested i find and buy him everything Steve Farrar has ever wrtiten. I did! Specifically, the author breaks down the various personality types and talks about the necessity for each in life and how a dad can appreciate, mentor, direct and affirm his son(s) for the Glory of God and honorable masculinity in general.King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His FatherKing Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father
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King Me: What Every Son Wants and Needs from His Father
From the opening story to the "Parting Shot" Steve Farrar lays out not only a biblical mandate that every father should mentor his son(s) along a Godly path but he gives practical insights into how to get it done. The principles are simple yet profound and bursting with biblical truth. He uses kings David, Solomon, and Rehoboam as his examples of what to do & not to do but he brings their stories into the 21st century to make them more applicable. I STRONGLY recommend that every man who has a son regardless if you're a Christian or not, (no matter your son's age) read this book - you won't regret it. It definitely is a page-turner and Steve is a man's man, no namby-pamby, Joel Osteen type.
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Carpe...... Carpe...... Diem... Seize The Day....

Say these words and 99% of people will know what movie you are talking about. A classic film called "Dead Poets Society" with Robin Williams from 1989. It is hard to believe this movie is over 20 years old now. Growing up watching this film I remember the lines, "Seize the day," and, "O Captain my captain," as the two that really stick out. I saw it from the students' perspective of finding your own voice and learning to think for yourself. But this time I saw something else, I probably saw it before, but it didn't resonate with me; the reason Neil killed himself. That reason being he could not stand up to his father and explain what he wanted to do with his life.

Part of the reason why it struck me so hard was because I had just been reading "King Me What every son wants and needs from his father" by Steve Farrar. In the movie, Neil wants to become an actor and his Dad has decided for him that he will be a Doctor. Professor Keating (Williams) comes to the school as the new English teacher and inspires the students, including Neil, to try new things. And in the end Neil kills himself, Keating is run out of the school, and the father blames Keating for killing his son.

Here is the point I believe is most poignant - a father trying to live out his life through his son. We are not called by God to map out our son's lives or to correct every wrong that they do. We are called by God to train our son's to know God, to teach them how to be Godly men and manly men.

It is too easy at times to leave the training wheels on the bike - so they never fall or scrape their knees. But sooner or later they have to learn and do it on their own - 2 wheels and some balance. The same goes with life.
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I really found this book to be inspirational and informative. I have two sons myself. A two year old, and a three year old. I don't think that I was a "bad" father before reading this book, but I do feel like reading this book made me think more about what kind of father I am, and what kind of father I want to be. The author gives you a good Biblical perspective of how fathers should deal with different issues that will crop up in the lives of both you and your son(s). I've read Pointman and Finishing Strong by Steve Farrar also, and I have always respected him as a great Christian author. It was great to see him be somewhat vulnerable in this book and be honest about struggles that he has faced in his own family. The author pulls no punches and this book will make you take a hard look at how you are living your life and how you may need to change your lifestyle and you parenting style to better raise your own son in the way he should go. My mom bought this book for me because they give it to new fathers at her church. I think that it's a great book, and it would make a great gift for, or be a worthwhile purchase for any dad out there who wants to live a Godly life and raise his son to do the same.
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