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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprint edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076421005X
  • ASIN: B00A18HLC6
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,860,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

What special role does a dad play in his daughter's life?


She may be Daddy's little girl today. But what about the years to come? Will you continue to be an important voice of influence, helping her to realize all the potential placed in her by God?

In What a Daughter Needs From Her Dad, Michael Farris gives day-to-day strategies that can build character and spiritual strength in your growing daughter--from infancy through the turbulent teen years and on into adulthood. Farris offers solid, practical advice on issues including:
• choosing the right friends
• setting spiritual goals
• preparing for future career choices
• courtship and marriage
Be the dad your daughter needs and create a relationship with her that will last a lifetime.

About the Author

Michael Farris is the father of six daughters and four sons and the grandfather of twelve. Chancellor of Patrick Henry College, a constitutional lawyer, and chairman of the Home School Defense League, he is also the author of more than a dozen books. His daily radio program, Home School Heartbeat, can be heard on several hundred stations nationwide. Michael and his wife, Vickie, live in Virginia.

Customer Reviews

A very good book for any dad who has daughters!
Gary Nelson
This book is great for group studies because it has questions at the end of each chapter and great practical help for dads.
Jonathan D. Meyer
I like this book a lot because it is a quick read, yet jam-packed with information.
4girlymom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Darling VINE VOICE on June 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was attending a Christian writer's convention when I saw Michael Farri's book on the table. Having a five-month-old daughter at home, the title immediately grabbed me. True to its cover, this book is a must-read for every father who has daughters.

Filled with personal insights, biblical exposition, and practical tips, What a Daughter Needs From Her Dad is a wonderful, insightful, call to fathers to raise good, solid, Christian ladies.

Michael can talk about raising girls, becuase he has six of them! This is a book that I will keep close to me as I watch Grace grow up, hopefully putting into practice the lessons Michael Farris has given in his book. It is my goal to raise a young lady who yearns for God.

Fathers, please do our country a favor, and buy this book!
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hulett VINE VOICE on December 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
How does a God-fearing father deal with some of the explosive issues facing him and his daughter in this world of dreadfully loose morals? How can he help his precious little one(s) correctly face the questions and issues that are inevitable in the process of becoming a full-grown woman?

One thing he must not do is ignore these issues and fade into the background, expecting his wife to deal with it alone, even if she is present and willing and capable. Certainly there are some issues where mommy is uniquely qualified, but a father's perspective is important to his little girl even in these areas. Fatherhood is not for wimps.

That's the beginning of Mr. Farris's wise and insightful advice in this gem of a little book, one that bears reading and rereading. He writes from a conservative Christian perspective, a point of view for those of us who know that God's Word still speaks to our lives and guides us through what is often a trashheap of society around us. His advice is very much counterculture, but the Bible tells us we are to not allow worldly philosophies to undermine the timeless Judeo-Christian values we hold dear.

Many times it's hard to know how to walk the razor's edge between prudishness and an appropriately joyful Christian life that can be seen as such by those around us, especially our daughter's peers, but Mr. Farris gives us the benefit of his experience in raising six little girls in today's world. His input is priceless.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Chapman on May 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As the father of six daughters, Farris offers solid and tested advice on virtually every situation that may arise in raising a daughter. He speaks from a conservative Biblical approach that is lacking in many similar books on the market, and in present day society where parenting choices are often influenced by the current television sitcom standards.

At first glance, the reader may wonder how a conservative approach can be effective in our world where popular standards are far from Biblical. However, I found that this book offers practical counsel with Mr. Farris using personal illustrations of how God-centered spiritual guidelines are steadfast, effective and relevant, making it more than worth reading to the end.

We, as Christians, still often forget that God is the One "who does not change like the shifting shadows." James 1:17b

Mr. Farris offers an organized step by step plan for issues such as:

Setting spiritual goals

"If we want a spiritually fuzzy result, then spiritually random activity will work nicely"

Clothing choices

"Your goal is to develop a lifetime habit that ensures that her inner sense of beauty and attractiveness is not set by those who don't share her moral code"

Choosing friends

"Friendships are not neutral. Interaction between two people usually results in some kind of movement - up or down - in values and behavior."

Physical and emotional purity

"Physical abstinence protects the body; emotional abstinence protects the heart."

Courtship and marriage

Preparing for career choices

Civic responsibility

And more

If you are the father (or mother) of a daughter, this book will give you parenting options that are worth considering. Even one of Farris' suggestions would make it well worth your reading time.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
An Amazing book, highly recommend for both fathers and mothers on a unique way to raise your children to be healthy and whole. Good for both sons and daughters. Chapter 4 is amazing. Want your child physically and emotionally whole when they marry? Get this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on February 22, 2007
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What a Daughter Needs From a Dad is a book for dads about raising their daughters, from birth to parenthood. Author Michael Farris has five girls of his own and uses this book to advise men on their roles as their daughter's protectors, leaders and spitritual guides.

Farris gives advice on raising daughters from infancy to adulthood, and backs it all with Biblical principles and scriptures. Farris includes plenty of antecdotes from his own experiences to back up the points he is trying to make. Farris also warns you about what kind of dad you shouldn't be. You SHOULD NOT be an "All-Male" dad, only spending time with your daughter if it includes many activities such as watching sports. You shouldn't be a "pushover" granting her every request, or a "sugar daddy", thinking you can buy her love. Farris urges the reader to become engaged in his daugter's lives, to be supportive and admit when you are wrong.

The one unique point I will take away from this book is the chapter on dating. With my daughter being only three, I'm closer in years to my dating period that she is to hers, but Farris says he didn't let his daughters date until they were actually ready for marriage. This seems controversial, highly conservative, and pratcially unrealistic. But the principles are strong. Farris says that girls, and boys, when in "love" when they are young (high school or even college), but not ready for marriage, they will ultimately give parts of their heart to the person that will not end up being their spouse. So, while girls may remain sexually pure, their hearts will be damaged. I don't know if it is reallistic to keep a high school senior from dating, but I will definitely pass on to my daughter some of the wisdom in this book.
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