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Fatherhood: and the pursuit of holiness Paperback – November 27, 2014
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Thornberg's work is well-researched and is filled with thorough Scriptural citations and well-researched statistics regarding the role of fathers within the family and the damage done to the family, the church, and the nation when that role of fathers is diminished or removed altogether. He offers excellent guidelines for building and encouraging families in their spiritual growth, and especially in how to grow by recognizing and encouraging biblical fatherhood.
Some points in this book may surprise the mainstream church. For example, Thornberg deals extensively with the issue of modern youth ministry. Usually considered an essential of the modern church, statistics reveal that reliance on youth ministries (Sunday school, youth groups, etc.) has actually damaged families over time - primarily by taking over the role of the father (in the discipleship of young people) and outsourcing it to the church. The same holds for state-led education, which has again outsourced the role of fathers to the state. Thornberg also deals extensively with the issue of child-bearing and how the modern church's outlook on often denying the blessing of children is far from biblical.
Thornberg's message may not be mainstream, but his words have both strong Scriptural support and statistical back-up.
The book ends with an extensive appendix of resource lists for families to use in their family devotions and spiritual life.
I highly recommend this book to those looking to understand the biblical nature of fatherhood and how the Christian church can return to the biblical model.