In this companion work to his book Compass: A Handbook on Parent Leadership, James B. Stenson explores how Fathers exercise their powerful and particularly masculine contribution to family life. His research comes from more than twenty years of working with families from two highly successful independent secondary schools for boys that he helped establish, The Heights School in Washington D.C., and Northridge Preparatory School in Chicago. As headmaster, he made it his business to know hundreds of families intimately - studying their family lives, watching their children grow into maturity, very often successfully, but sometimes not. Through countless conversations with Fathers and mothers, he tried to account for the differences, looking for patterns of family life among those parents who triumphed with their children. What did these successful men and women have in common? What did they manage to do right? Most important: what could other parents learn from their experience?
This wisdom of Fatherhood is what this book is all about. It explains the main obstacles in today's society that undercut a Father's teaching role, and tells men what they could do to overcome them. Then within this framework, James Stenson spells out how successful Fathers deal with their children in the more crucial areas: family rules, discipline, schooling, sports, recreation, the media, and ongoing teamwork with one's wife. In short, this book provides the guidance that will help any Father to carry out a serious responsibility - that of protector of his family.
Author: James Stenson
Paperback, 252 Pages
Amazing Grace for Fathers celebrates the power of fatherhood — and that power is love. The love of our fathers on earth reflects the infinite love of God, our heavenly Father, from which all fatherly guidance, discipline, and protection flows. The powerful stories in this book show just how deep a father’s love is for his children, particularly when he lives in and is strengthened by God’s grace. Here, you will find support and inspiration for your own fatherhood. In this book, you will meet: • A young boy suffering intense pain who finds peace and comfort in the hands of his father. • A loving father who literally comes back from the dead after suffering fatal injuries. • A surrogate father who makes a big difference in the life of an angry and troubled boy. • A father who provides a birthday present for his little girl after his death through a series of divine coincidences. • A young man who heroically saves the life of another because of the wisdom handed down to him by his own father. • Two fathers who, unable to provide for their families, turn to God and see His fatherly protection take care of them.
Men are rediscovering the importance of the spiritual life. And Father Larry Richards is helping them do it. While some writers apply a one-size-fits-all approach to the Christian life, Father Richards draws on his many years of ministry and his own experience as a man to inspire other men as men. In Be a Man!, he recounts his struggles to learn true manhood, as well as the inspiring stories of others he has served in his decades as a priest. He tells men how to focus on the right goal, how to live as a beloved son of God, of the need to acknowledge one's faults and to live according to the Holy Spirit, to be a man of true love and of wisdom, to appreciate properly the differences between men and women, to pursue holiness, and to make a difference in the world. Not preachy but direct, Father Richards challenges men to be strong, without putting on a mask of false strength or machismo. He calls men to admit their weaknesses and limitations, while urging them to find strength in faith and genuine love to overcome their sins and faults. Although a celibate priest, he minces no words when it comes to the place of sexuality--for the unmarried man as well as for the married man. He shows that true manliness is not opposed to love but thrives on it. Father Richards stresses that a relationship with Christ reveals the meaning of a man's life and his identity as a man. He inspires men to become the true heroes they long to be--men of authentic courage, compassion and integrity. This is a highly readable book for men by a man who knows how to talk to men about the things that matter most.
Paperback, 196 Pages
Author: Fr. Larry Richards
In Prayer of Faith: 80 Days to Unlocking Your Power as a Father you will learn:
The three foundational characteristics of a great father
How to unlock the hidden power that all fathers possess
How crises are essential in the making of a man, and how to overcome them
St. Joseph's secret weapons of effective fatherhood
"How can so many words of wisdom be distilled from so silent a source? Taking the great St. Joseph -- that mysterious figure who goes through the New Testament without saying a word -- as his exemplar and inspiration, Devin Schadt has given husbands and fathers (and hence families) a very practical set of tools and insights with which to "step it up." This is not another churchy program. It's a Way that works. Indeed, this deceptively slender book series shows men that they weren't made to be meh, but magnificent.
- Patrick Coffin, author and host, Catholic Answers Live
"In this age which seems to demean the role of husband and father, St. Joseph presents a startling and wonderful contrast to the selfish and indulgent view which so many have of husbands and fathers. His humility and obedience together with his faith, challenge us to become the men who God has called us to be. I am convinced that pursuing the volumes of Joseph's Way: The Call to Fatherly Greatness will be a great value and gift for those who choose to read them."
- Most reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark