The best aspect of this book is that it contains practical advice from other men who are in the trenches of life, striving to live out their manhood in a fully Catholic way. The book’s authors are an A-List of Catholic men in the Church today, involved in a variety of apostolates and professions (Brian Caulfield, Mike Aquilina, Damon Owens, Ray Guarendi, Patrick Madrid, and others). That diverse group of men provides other men with insights that can appeal to men in any situation in life.
The chapters are short enough to read one a day before bed or upon rising in the morning. They are good food for thought as one continually seeks to reorient oneself to God and to living as a fully alive human being. And while some chapters will be more helpful than others, the topics are likely something that every dad has dealt with in one way or another–children, sex, work-life balance, discipline, marriage, and more. The authors treat the subjects not as experts in their given field, but as fellow sojourners along the way. They are challenging without condemning. They are insightful without being condescending. They are short, but packed with substance.
When I read this book, I could not stick to my one-chapter-a-night plan. I read it in a couple days because I could not resist seeing what was in the next chapter. All of the insights I’ve learned have helped me reorient my own thoughts about being a man and father in today’s society. I learned a lot from these men–and it is good to know that others have dealt with the same issues.
I would recommend this book to any Catholic father who needs a little additional support or an additional jolt to help him stay on course. It would be a great Christmas, birthday, or Father’s Day gift for your own father to give him some practical help in his striving to be a good husband and father. Men are under attack in our society and this book can provide men with the armor and weapons they need to do battle for their faith and family.
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