Sunday, January 8, 2012

What a Son Needs From His Dad by Michael O'Donnell

Even though I'm not a Dad, this small book caught my interest because I have 3 sons and I want them to be prepared for life.  So I read about Michael O'Donnell's advice to other fathers.  He tells dads how to prepare their sons to be disciples of Christ, good citizens, responsible workers, choosers of good friends, able to enjoy life, sexually pure, and lovers of their wives.  There are a few discussion questions at the end of each chapter which would work well guiding a men's small group into a discussion. 

I thought the ideas presented are a good summary of some things dads should strive to teach and model for their sons.  However, some of the book felt more like reading a psychology textbook than conversational in style, which made it difficult to keep my interest.  I would personally liked to have read about more real life stories and practical application than was presented.  Overall, it's a good conversation starter, and may give men some additional insight in how to prepare their sons to succeed in life.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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