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Father Fiction: Chapters for a Fatherless Generation Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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CHAPTERS FOR A FATHERLESS GENERATIONWith honest humor and raw self-revelation, bestselling author Donald Miller tells the story of growing up without a father and openly talks about the issues that befall the fatherless generation. Raw and candid, Miller moves from self-pity and brokenness to hope and strength, highlighting a path for millions who are floundering in an age without positive male role models.
Speaking to both men and women who grew up without a father—whether that father was physically absent or just emotionally aloof—this story of longing and ultimate hope will be a source of strength. Single moms and those whose spouses grew up in fatherless homes will find new understanding of those they love as they travel along this literary journey.
This is a story of hope and promise. And if you let it, Donald Miller’s journey will be an informal guide to pulling the rotted beams out from our foundations and replacing them with something upon which we can build our lives.
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The depth into which this book covers the loss my grandson feels is amazing. It has helped heal him. It also has helped heal me as it reaffirms in new words, my relationship with God. It makes me want to take more action in living in a thankful and serving way to others to show my gratitude to God better. I can't give this book a high enough rating. It is written apparently as the author lived and learned many hard truths. Truths we all must learn. I strongly urge everyone to read this book. You will greatly benefit from reading and pondering it. My thanks to the author.
While much of what Miller describes in this book resonated with me, there seemed at times a lot of rambling on. There were a few chapters that I had to literally skim through because they didn't really apply to me or just seemed a bit irrelevant and contrived. Miller, being a single, seems to have written this book primarily, but not exclusively, for young single men coming to terms with their fatherless history. Nevertheless, there was some good stuff that applied to me as a married man with children. Without spoiling the book, I will say the last two chapters were the most personal and profound. Here he talks about forgiveness and empathy in detail culminating in a great ending. I give this book a 3-star rating. I liked it, but there did seem to be a lot of irrelevancy and rambling on. It left me with a feeling of wanting more. I guess I was looking for more practicality and didn't seem to find it in this book. Nevertheless, I recommend this book for young men who were abandoned by their own fathers and are seeking to relate with other like-minded men.
I feel it's very important to educate yourself on your audience. Donald Miller's perspective helped me to see through the eyes of a man who noticed the absence of his father. Through Donald's writings he consistently shares such raw and personal content which helps the reader feel accepted as they are as opposed to some authors who come across as gods attempting to teach us their ways. I believe Father Fiction will help me ask good questions when mentoring teens by allowing me a fraction of an experience of how it may feel to be in their shoes. Understanding that maturity is a challenging and intentional process and how to break out of generation cycles are all pieces of wisdom in this book that point us back to what the Word of God says. The bible is true and relevant to today and Donald Miller's Father Fiction rings truth to that.
A quick and easy read for me but took my friend, who recommended this book to me, years to get through as it has been a help to her during her maturity process. She grew up in a fatherless home.
edited review 9/23/10: I want to clarify that I am not unhappy with the the book, or the author. I really enjoy Miller's writing. I am displeased with the Editorial Review on the product description page, and with the new publishing company's recommendations to change the title and drop the co-authors name in order to sell more copies.
Book 1 "Oh, the Places you will go"
Book 2 "The Last Lecture"
Book 3 "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years"
(and of course God's word - The Bible) :)