- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Integrity Publishers (June 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591453429
- ISBN-13: 978-1591453420
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Letters from Dad Hardcover – June 1, 2005
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I agree with another reviewer, though. If you aren't backing-up your words with action, it doesn't matter what you write. It will fall flat. If you tell your wife and kids how important they are and how much you love them, then you treat them poorly, your words won't amount to much of anything. This is a tool to reinforce your feelings and actions with words. As men, we sometimes have a difficult time expressing how we feel and what we think. This book helps break down those barriers and shows dads how to do a better job of making sure our families never doubt how we feel about them.
The book was a great read - very encouraging, challenging and uplifting. As Vaughn set out on this journey to bless his family, he surrounded himself with fourteen other men and they began the first Legacy Group that went through the process of writing and giving a letter of blessing first to their wife, then to their children, next to their parents and finally a letter to those they would leave behind after they passed away. These four letters are the backbone of this book - how to write them, how to give them to their recipients and the shared stories of the men that went on this journey to bless their families with Vaughn. One great aspect of this book is that Vaughn includes the real life stories of these other men - some who were divorced and others who were estranged from their children for years - and while not all of the stories were filled with tears of joy, Vaughn and his fellow warriors were on a quest to bless their families regardless of the response from the members of their family.
The book is an easy read for men - it's a very short 240 pages with short chapters and plenty of white space and pictures throughout. The book is great for men wanting to connect with their wives and children and who want to lead their families spiritually as well as leave a legacy for generations to come as the Lord commanded in Psalm 78. I highly recommend this book to all husbands and fathers - it is worth the investment of time and money to buy and read - a real life-changing book!
This book is great for what it is. If you have a good relationship with your family - spouse, children, parents, then they will likely be very touched and thrilled that you chose to write these letters of love to them. If this is the case, go for it.
However, if your relationship(s) are strained, don't expect writing letters to your family to be appreciated. If your family members TRULY BELIEVE you are sincere, maybe they will appreciate your efforts. And maybe they won't. Remember that actions speak louder than words. Words are great but follow-through of what you say is EVERYTHING.
On page 69, the author mentions a couple of letter-writing situations that didn't end well. One was of a father who had been having problems with his teenage son. He wrote several letters to his son, intending to bring about reconciliation. But a few weeks later, his son returned and gave his father the box full of letters back - with the letters torn up inside. Of course, we will never know why, but obviously it wasn't enough for this young man.
My own Christian family has these types of relationships within it. For some, trust has been lost and therefore, words are empty. For others, words mean nothing because what they really want (or wanted) was to have a Dad who showed sincere interest in their lives and wanted to be involved. There are other variations of hurt and loss within my family and others that I know.
My advice to any Dad who does not already have close relationships with their spouse, children, parents or grandchildren, would be to buy Gary Chapman's books, "The Five Love Languages" and "The Five Love Languages of Apology." Read them and do what they say. Until you learn to speak your loved ones' love language, they will not FEEL loved.
Dads, if your loved ones are very mature, they may be able to give you the benefit of the doubt, forgive you where necessary and let their expectations go. But this is a best-case-scenario, and will never bring about the depth of relationship that is possible with some effort and hard work. Why not leave them with a true LIVE legacy of memories?
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