This was a book that took me a long time to read. It came to me from Thomas Nelson at a time of shift in my life. I was trying to read so many things at a time and continue to juggle work and family. I’m glad I finally dusted “Father Hunger” off and began to dig into it. It’s a book unlike any other parenting book I have read and I’m grateful that it is. It has reached beyond that living room and the home and branched out into realms of society and government. It also touches on the subject of homosexuality and feminism. By no means was this an easy book to read, for it brings a weightiness not many fathers can handle and the Spirit brings a conviction that we aren’t at all the kinds of fathers we should be.
Wilson drives this point home when he tells us, “Fathers need to be masculine, and they need culturally assigned ways to express it profitably. In order to be biological fathers, they need to be masculine. Moreover, they need to be seen as being masculine. But before we press that point too much, perhaps we should spend some time defining what it means. And that means some debris clearing first — masculinity has some counterfeits out there”.
As Wilson presses on towards that end we can see some layers peeled back from the modern mindset that is prevalent in culture, an idea that our children and our families can continue to be slothful about identity and the roles men and women play, not only in the home, but also in culture. Being a father of two children myself I find this book to be most helpful, in that it pushes the roles of fathers to the forefront of the family unit and forces them to be those men God has called us to be. In speaking of christian education and the fathers role Wilson tells fathers, “When a father walked with his kids, when they got up, when they drove down the road, when they sat down at the dinner table, they were to talk about what God had said in His Word about the world”. Gleaning from Deuteronomy 6, points us to an area where we all fall short of the goal of teaching our children about the world through the Word.
If you want a comfortable book on fatherhood and manhood in general then this book is probably not for you. This book stretches the mind and presses us to flex our masculine muscles as fathers and husbands. It calls us to stand up on the Word of God and take our stand as was meant for us. If you do end up with this book on your shelf I pray that you would read it as a tool for growth and mode for modeling the call of Christ for men. Wilson finishes by encouraging men to find faithful others who will get in our faces and stretch us and confront us when we are straying from our roles as men and fathers.
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