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What Important Role Does a Dad Play in His Son's Life?


He may be a little boy asking you to play catch today. But what about the years to come? Will you continue to be an important influence, helping him realize the potential God has given him?

As a man, you know a lot of what your son will face, and no one is in a better position to prepare him for life. Michael O'Donnell's insights offer simple but powerful techniques to help you start your son on the road to maturity. You can build the father-son bond you want and lead him into a healthy, well-balanced manhood.

What a Son Needs From His Dad will give you proven day-to-day strategies to:
• instill character and strong spiritual values
• develop responsible habits toward work and money
• dialogue about sexuality and prepare him for marriage
• encourage godly friendships with other boys and men

Be the man you want your son to become and launch a relationship with him that will last a lifetime.

About the Author

Michael O'Donnell, Ph.D., served on the National Council of Family Relations, and is best known for his Adolescent Wellness Research Project, coconducted with renowned scholar Dr. Nick Stinnett. Their research has been the focus of numerous books, radio, T.V. and print features. Michael has an active blog and speaking ministry, and lives with his wife, Rachel, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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  • File Size: 440 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764209698
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprint edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UEXFL2
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zabrina Caldwell on February 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I understand what a single mom feels for their son when the father is not present. I was a single mom until my fiancee came into our lives and forever changed us as a family. I tried to be a mother as well as a father to my son. There are just somethings that no matter how hard you try, only a father can give to his son. Since I have been a tom-boy my entire life, I thought it would be easy to instill those male insights to my son. Boy, was I wrong. I mean, I take him fishing, on nature walks, we build camp fires together, ride the four-wheelers and get muddy together, but it is just not the same as doing it with your dad. As the years went by, before I met Ken (my fiancee), I realized that no matter how hard I tried, I am not his dad. I looked back at when I was a child, and my father was gone a lot. He was a general contractor and travels tri-state to get jobs to support the family. My mom had done the same things with me and my brother, try to give us the "dad" effect while he was gone, as she knew we missed him and all the things he did with us. We always knew it wasn't the same and she was just trying to keep our spirits up until he returned from his jobs.

I can honestly say that having my fiance in Zachary's life has made this little boy turn around completely. Even though I did my best, it really did not warrant the same effectas spending time with your dad. I was a lucky child in the essence that I had both of my parents, together my whole life (29 years), and actually they are still together (35 total years). I believe that just the unity of a family and how a child sees how things run in life affect them later on. I want my children to have the skills and tools to take care of them self as well as a family of their own someday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Barton on March 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was recently given the opportunity to review "What a Son Needs From His Dad" by Michael O'Donnell (Bethany House). Having a young son, I was thrilled to review this book! I handed it off to my husband, to be able to get a dad's opinion of the book. Per my husband, this book was a great challenge of how to be the best role model for your son, in ways that will continue to mold his life into what God wants it to be.

From even the early years, he is being molded by what he sees, watches, and hears from his dad, whom he looks up to. This book shared great ideas to help a dad in encouraging your son to grow in a way pleasing to God.

"Be the man you want your son to become and launch a relationship with him that will last a lifetime." GREAT challenge for any Dad!!

I was given this book for free to review. The above comments are my own. I was not asked to write a positive review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold Cameron on March 9, 2012
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Acclaimed author and public speaker Michael O'Donnell's book, What A Son Needs From His Dad - How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life is one of those books that I wish hospitals would give out to new Fathers at the hospital when their sons are born. In the past I had often wished that there was a book that hospitals could give to new parents when their child was born - a book that would instruct them and guide them in every area of life so that they could be the kind of parents that God wants them to be. Now I believe and know such a book exists and that book is The Holy Word of God, The Holy Bible. However, I believe that there also needs to be two separate books - one for each parent - that give good, solid, time-tested advice and words of wisdom concerning how to be a successful Mother or Father. Author O'Donnell's book would be an excellent option for dads.

In the first Chapter of his book author O'Donnell writes that there are seven core issues that every father needs to "work on with his son to lay a foundation of healthy masculine character." Fathers need to prepare their sons to be:
1. Devout disciples for Christ;
2. Good Citizens;
3. Holders of worthy vocations; responsible workers;
4. Choosers of good friends;
5. Sexually chaste; understanding of male sexuality; avoiding the hazards of pornography; and
6. Lovers of their wives; supporters of their marriages.

In Chapter 2 Author O'Donnell writes about "Effective Fathering." This chapter is rich in good sound advice for fathers as to how they can be most effective in their God given role as a dad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Emery on February 4, 2012
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"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers." Malachi 4:6-7 (New King James Version)

One just has to watch some of the popular shows of today to see how the world views fatherhood. Think of The #@$% my Dad says, Family Guy, American Dad, or the Simpsons to only name a few. For probably the past 30 years or more media, pop culture, and so the so called women's liberation have sought to portray all men as vile predators always seeking their next pound of flesh. Instead of standing up to this assault men have either accepted it, and began living in this lie; or they have simply lain down, and faded into the background.

This started out impacting the African-American population especially and continues to lead to an increase in the number of single mothers raising their own children. When even "authentic black men ", such as Bill Cosby, address this issue, they are vilified and chided by the likes of Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton. These men who have made something of themselves are then called Uncle Tom's or told that they have become rich black men who have lost touch with their own race. It hasn't only impacted Blacks though; it now is impacting Hispanics, Whites, and even Asians.

I have been following this trend even prior to becoming an adult, and now as a father of 5 and a husband, who is thankfully been married to his beautiful bride for almost 10 and a half years, I'm even more aware of the attack on men and especially on fathers. It is for this reason that I was so pleased to see a publisher releasing a book called What A Son Needs From His Dad for review. Written by Dr.
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