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Father Factor: American Christian Men on Fatherhood and Faith (I SPEAK FOR MYSELF) Paperback – November 11, 2014
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Sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking, this tender collection of stories from fathers opened both my eyes and my heart anew. Thank God for men like these! The children will honour them in the gates for this wise, honest, and necessary work. - Sarah Bessey, author of "Jesus Feminist"
These wonderfully readable accounts of father-son relationships are both candid and inspiring, exploring issues that touch many of us in deep ways. But they prod to go even deeper, pointing us to the ways our relationships with our human fathers shape--and all too often distort--our conceptions of the One whom we have been taught to address as "Our Father who art in heaven." - Richard Mouw, Theologian & Past President, Fuller Theological Seminary
From creating life to enduring death, Father Factor takes us through the tumultuous, often humorous, sometimes heartbreaking journey of fatherhood and faith. This is not a how-to manual; there are no lists of right and wrong, no simple strategies, no easy plans for becoming the perfect Dad. Instead, through this rich array of personal stories from fathering and being fathered, readers will feel inspired and challenged to examine their unique role as a parent, partner, and adult child as this book throws open wide windows for grace, forgiveness, and a Father's love. - Jamie Wright, author/blogger of theveryworstmissionary.com
I could not put this book down. It gave me whole new insights into both Christianity and fatherhood, and made me think long and hard about how my relationship with Islam impacts my relationship with my wife and two sons. In short, this book made me a better father, husband and Muslim. Eboo Patel, author of Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground
This book inspired me to pray for fathers, encourage fathers and believe in the important work of fathering! Pulling from culturally diverse and compelling experiences, Father Factor gives voice to the strong men of faith who are shaped the Father’s love. This collection of inspiring stories affirms the various routes that fatherhood can take and shows that regardless of history or cultural context, men of faith can be powerful and vulnerable fathers. A true eye opener to the complexities and beauty of fatherhood. - Christena Cleveland, author of Disunity in Christ
I love memoirs -- who doesn't love a good story? -- and these short narratives are a joy to read, a reader's delight, getting a glimpse into the lives of others. There is wonder, loss, love, joy, pathos, romance and laughter, a little cursing and a lot of praise. But there is more: these are exceptionally brave stories from many different sorts of men reflecting profoundly about God the father, their own fathers (for better or for worse) and their own particular journeys into fatherhood. This is not a self-help manual, but guys from all stages of life with learn much and be better fathers because of it. Highly recommended. -Byron Borger, Hearts & Minds Books, Dallastown, PA
Father Factor reads like a jigsaw puzzle. Each story adds a puzzle piece to this aggregated post-modern picture of fatherhood, sonship, and the quest for wholeness. Not till the pieces were nearly all assembled did I realize I had borne witness to historya moment when disparate Christian men joined together in common strugglethe fight to face and forsake the mirages of manhood” previously stalked and preserved by their forefathers. Transparent, funny, heart-wrenching, and often brutally honest, these men are on a quest to discover what it means to be a mana Christian manin the world today. - Lisa Sharon Harper, Senior Director of Mobilizing at Sojourners and author of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith
The media makes many assumptions about men that are often superficial or inaccurate. Campbell’s collection of personal reflections exposes these myths with challenging and complex narratives and is an important contribution to the ISFM series. Each story offers a shimmering refraction on the intricate relationship between fathers, their children and their faith. But the book’s real value lies in the mosaic created when the stories are taken together and the seemingly small victories that emerge out of day-to-day life, sometimes from heartbreaking trauma and tragedy, are lifted into the light. It is humbling and inspirational to share in the stories of these men. Rev. Robert Chase, Founding Director, Intersections
About the Author
Christian Piatt is an author, editor, speaker, musician, and spoken word artist. He cofounded Milagro Christian Church in Pueblo, CO. Christian is the creator of "Banned Questions About The Bible," "Banned Questions About Jesus." and the memoir Pregmancy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Date. He lives in Pueblo, CO.
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