Book Review ~ What a Son Needs From His Dad by Michael A. O’Donnell, PhD


What a Son Needs From His Dad
Author: Michael A. O’Donnell, PhD
Softbound;  141 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0969-7
Retail Price: $9.99

I had the opportunity to review What a Son Needs From His Dad which is geared to encourage fathers to be an active part in their sons lives, in raising them. It goes through different important areas for that: make sure you teach him to be productive, industrious, (specifically with a skill or trade), character development, how to choose friends.

It is a small book but it is a good starter for discussion on these topics. Each chapter ends with discussion questions to ponder the author’s points. The book shares that the single largest factor in the breakdown of families in the US is the lack of an involved father. Some families have the father there but he isn’t engaged in the family…he brings home the money and does a little discipline and feels that he’s “done his job”. However, he is missing the TRUE meaning of being a father.

I enjoyed the book. I think it gives some excellent starting points (it gives you frame-work but it doesn’t got into great depth…because they want you to do some thinking!). One concern is that there is a strong reliance on psychology, which isn’t a bad thing but too often psychology relies on man verses God. This man does use the Scriptures…and, in my opinion, THAT is where the focus needs to be.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.



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