Every now and then a book comes along from someone who’s lived the story that no one wants to live. After a fatherless childhood and a continual bouncing from foster family to foster family, Jim Daly has been through more in his life than most would even be willing to experience. Not many have walked in Jim’s shoes, but some have, and The Good Dad is a book exactly for those kind of people.
Many of the people reading this are going to, in some small way, connect with Jim Daly as he shares his story and how God lifted him up from the pits to become the CEO of a major Evangelical ministry reaching millions of families across the globe. He begins this book by setting the context of his own story and how, in the midst of his mothers death his step father walked out on his family, changing his and his siblings life forever.
This book was helpful for many reasons. First, it shows us that as fathers we don’t have to be perfect because we serve a God who is. He constantly is pointing fathers away from the perfection mentality and into a mindset where the family comes first even if there are bumps and bruises along the way. Second, Jim highlights the work of other fathers who he has personally spent time with who “get it. Now i’m not saying they’re perfect but these men whose stories Jim retells are just plain ol’ fathers just like me, and that’s what I love about this book.
Guys like me who didn’t have a father growing up, and can’t remember the last time speaking to him, need mentors like Jim Daly. We need to see that perfect men don’t exist and that God can take the poorest, darkest, situations and bring them into a place of exhalation for His glory. At the end of each chapter Daly raises some questions for guys to answer, which I hate because they are way too revealing. They are questions that need to be asked more of fathers and also asked of those who aren’t yet fathers. This book was well written and it’s always great to hear the story of a man I truly admire. Seeing his heart for the family on a personal level has really opened up my eyes and helped me in my own family. It’s helped me, not to sound cliche, to be a good dad to my children and a better husband to my wife.
Daly, J., & Asay, P. (2014). The Good Dad (p. 224). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.