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10 Commitments™ for Dads: How to Have an Awesome Impact on Your Kids Paperback – October 1, 2014
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Josh McDowell has been reaching the spiritually skeptical for more than five decades. Since beginning ministry in 1961, Josh has spoken to more than 25 million people in 128 countries. He is the author or coauthor of 148 books, with over 51 million copies distributed worldwide, including Straight Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Experience Your Bible, Evidence for the Historical Jesus, More Than a Carpenter (over 15 million copies printed in 85 languages), and The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World magazine as one of the twentieth century's top 40 books. Josh continues to travel throughout the United States and countries around the world, helping young people and adults strengthen their faith and understanding of Scripture. Josh will tell you that his family is his ministry. He and his wife, Dottie, have been married for over 40 years and have four children and numerous grandchildren.
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Whether you are a soon-to-be-Dad, a rookie Dad, a veteran Dad, or a Granddad, there is always more to learn and more to do for our kids. Since God has placed His precious children under our care, it’s wise to seek practical, biblically-sound counsel to help us do the best we can. Right at the outset of this book Josh lists seven objectives Dads need to strive for before our kids leave home:
1. Form a right relationship with God
2. Develop healthy relationships with others
3. Have a healthy self-image
4. Resist sexual pressure
5. Be a person of integrity
6. Develop deep and convictions
7. Know how to handle success and cope with failure
This requires some diligence on a part, beginning with listening to the wise advice Josh shares in this book.
A commitment is not a guarantee, but it is rooted in a strong passion to do the very best that we can do. As Josh leads us through these 10 commitments, you will learn from some of Josh’s successes and missteps, you will learn what the Bible has to say, and you will learn the “whys” behind the “how-to’s” of fatherhood.
“10 Commitments” offers no quick-fixes for fatherhood, but it does offer hope for those Dads and Granddads who are willing to let God help them do their very best. I would encourage you to also use this book as a discussion starter. You will need the help of your wife, a friend, or a pastor to be at your very best, and the concepts presented in this book are great starting points for evaluations and conversations with your helpers.
Go get this book for yourself, Dad, and then enjoy many, many happy Father’s Days!
The author goes into great detail about the need to praise our kids and shares a list of things we can praise them for every day. (Page 53). He even shares a copy of the letter he wrote to his kids where he shares his desire for them to keep him accountable and let him know when he is not being kind and loving. (Page 68). He shares the ten relational needs that most of us have on page 113 and then includes a Relational Needs Assessment Inventory at the end of the book on page 175. It is very clear that Josh McDowell knows what he is talking about and has much wisdom to share. I highly recommend this book for all Christian dads.
This book seems to be for new dads what Swimming Upstream is for new moms. There's a lot of worry out there in the world, but even if you have a great support system and a little money, raising a kid can seem as overwhelming as bringing a new life into the world of The Walking Dead. (Thank you, dear husband, for making me watch that and get THOSE nightmares.) All kidding aside, the author definitely lends a friendly voice and affirmations telling fellow dads "hey, you got this. Here's a couple pointers, but do you bro." This is a Christian based book, so maybe don't go buying it as a wedding gift for every single man you know. But definitely buy it for someone, even if just yourself.