As a Christian father, you bear a tremendous responsibility--to raise your children through both biblical instruction and personal example. But how can you succeed in a society that attacks the role of fatherhood and godly family values? Are you sometimes tempted to give in or give up?
The rewards of being a dad who leads are well worth making the effort to stand firm. The Bible offers clear guidance for dads on how to parent effectively. Join pastor-teacher John MacArthur as he looks at...
- the keys to building healthy family unity
- essential character qualities to teach every child
- how to lovingly discipline children and nurture obedience
- traps to avoid in the course of parenting
- the power of a dad's example to influence future generations
- Commit yourself to being a dad who leads, and God will enable you every step of the way. There's no surer path to experiencing a lifetime of family blessings!
- Good principles to keep in mind.
Dr. MacArthur gives good counsel to focus fathers on their primary responsibilities to their family. Particularly pointed is the challenge to love your wife first to live out how the foundational unit of a family should interact with each other. The principles reviewed for developing proper relationships with ones children are simple, supported with Scripture and above all convicting. Highly recommended for anyone starting down this path, or in need of a little refocusing or reminding of what the Bible has to say regarding instructions for fathers.
- Leadership at any level starts at home
John MacArthur's book Narrated by Maurice England is a guide for fathers who wish to be leaders in their home. When many fathers today are absent and spend more time on their careers than with their family this audiobook is a merciful response to the question how can I be a better leader in my home.
As a Christian John MacArthur's guidence comes directly from the Bible. At a time when Christian values and ideas are coming under attack MacAurthur lays out the scriptural basis for Fathers being Leaders in their homes.
Political Correctness is set aside as Biblicial Truth on Loving your Wife as Jesus Christ loved the church. Setting examples for your children by living a Holy and Spiritual uplifting life, and teaching your children biblical truth while giving them room to grow.
The second half of this audiobook talks about what it means to be a Biblicly based Father Figure. Using examples from both the New and Old Testement MacAuthur describes a self sacrificing life where forgiveness and love override the societal norms of shunning and disapproval seen in today's culture.
Unconditional Love is presented as an alternative to the "I told you so" correction so many fathers hand out today as instruction that actually destroys a child.
Maurice England's narration of this audiobook is clear and easy to understand. His inflection and emphasis is just the right amount to give the listener the understanding from the authors written word.
Being a Dad who Leads, is an Excelent book on Leadership at any level but to its audience especially. This book is published by Harvest House and in audiobook format by ChristianAudio.com
- Solid Home Leadership Guidance
Being a Dad Who Leads by John MacArthur is a helpful book in applying Biblical wisdom to everyday parenting. He delves deep into popular passages of scripture that address being a great father and aims to provide counsel that will help with the difficult but rewarding position of being a father and head of the household.
The chapter on not provoking your child to wrath was an interesting and insightful chapter as fathers can sometimes make life harder for themselves by causing their children to be angry and then find it hard to teach them or expect them to follow their instructions.
Personally I am not a parent yet, so my experience is very limited in applying this information but I think it will come in handy in the future. Although there is not a lot new in this book it does explore scripture thoroughly and provide solid advice on being a father.
The narrator was good as usual with his strong fatherly tone being a great addition to the words of wisdom about leading children in an effective manner.
This book would be good for men who are really looking to lead their families in a Godly way and make use of the great examples and guidance in the Bible.
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As the author states, there is no shortage of parenting books so why choose this one? Better yet, why is a ‘dad’ who has failed to have a relationship with is own daughter reading a book on leading as a Dad? Because God in His kindness gave me another one who let me practice on her without too much fallout, and more importantly, there is a Dad shortage in the world. There was/is a time when men who want/wanted to do the right things need encouragement and hope for the future generations. We need reminders that despite depravity and the downward spiral of the family unit, and how men/dads are portrayed in media, there has to be hope that there are a few guys who really want to take it on the chin and do the right thing. For those of us who want relationships with our kids, in all of its messiness, we are looking for a work that will point you to the Bible, outline clear application, and present the gospel. Look no further.
I always hesitate to read/review books like this because I know that it will address my own regret, my own loss, and my own missed opportunities to invest in Samantha. Although people mean well, my readers and friends tell me that “She will come around” or “Someday,” while others tell me I did not fight hard enough or there was more that I could do. However there is a redeeming part of these reviews that leads me to Brie’s letter and reminds me why I need to continue to be exposed to this tender spot in my life. Brie knew me when I was lost and later saw the regenerative work God did in my life, so the letter referenced above is one that always brings tears of thankfulness. This evidence of God’s grace reminds me that His daughter (Brie) actually turned out pretty well despite my sinful influence. Last year I officiated her wedding and with new husband and her three kids, it was one of the top 10 things in my life. I will share more toward the end of the review.
This audio was read by Maurice England. This audiobook was very interesting to me as referenced above, but also because I know that John MacArthur now has grandkids (like I do) and I was looking forward to the experiential wisdom that might (and was) shared in this work. I have listened to a few audiobooks narrated by Maurice and he does an excellent job of relaying the heart and intent of the original author.
This work did challenge, inspire, and enlightened me, in that it reminded me that it is possible to be a Godly Dad in a culture that rejects fatherhood. As always, John gets you rightly aligned and thinking through priorities and starts with loving your wife as Christ loved the Church before getting to the other hat of being a Dad.
I read some other reviews of this work in which it was criticized for not having enough application, however I push back and disagree. One of the most convicting ‘applications’ was the ‘10 Ways Dad Provoke Their Kids to Anger” (implications of Ephesians 6:4) that provided deep reflective statements and questions that should poke every Dad in reflecting with biblical accountability regarding their relationships with their children. You must be honest with yourself as you think through them and I found multiple areas (even with Brie as an adult) in my repeated review of them that needed and required confession and repentance. How is that not application?
John MacArthur’s work always holds my attention and I confess I have had a ‘bro-mance’ for him for most of my Christian walk since first exposed to him. I have been to conferences, taking pictures with him and met in person which further reinforced that 1) he is not Jesus, and 2) he is a man committed to Jesus. His commitment to exposition and sticking to the text, and letting the text speak for itself is also evident in this work as well. I also found the material to be presented in a cohesive, and yet appealing manner. John’s use of scripture saturates the work especially in the topics of building healthy family unity, essential character qualities to teach every child, how to lovingly discipline children and nurture obedience, traps to avoid in the course of parenting and finally, the power of a dad's example to influence future generations. I would highly recommend this work to anyone who desires to be a Godly Dad and remembers that none of us are perfect (there is only One who is) and that we have ‘cream cheese on our face’ and need to be reminded of the gospel of grace.
*Today the mantle of protecting Brie has passed to her husband Heath, and I am proud to say (and have told him) that I am thankful for him in her life. As part of the agreement to marry them last year, they went through biblical marriage counseling with a pastor friend of mine. His humility and desire to love Brie and her kids is one that is only an evidence of God’s grace, and I am thankful that someone loves her like I love her mother, she deserves that. Heath and Brie Grooms and their 3 kids are regularly a part of our life and bring much richness and grace to it. We are thankful for the opportunity to share and receive permission to bumble through the gospel with their kids, for being able to disciple their kids with the “4 House Rules” and for their continued love and patience with us. We love you guys and I dedicate this review to you both.
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- Heavy on exposition, light on application
There is no shortage of books on the subject of being a better dad. Some are very practical, helpful, and biblical; many leave much to be desired in these areas. I have read my fair share of both varieties. So when I began John MacArthur’s Being A Dad Who Leads, it was with more than a little uncertainty.
John MacArthur brings his love for expository Bible teaching completely to bear on the subject of fatherhood. The passages he chooses are the usual suspects (Ephesians 6, Proverbs 7, Deuteronomy 11, etc.), but it’s the level of detail in exposition that stood out to me. In fact, there seemed to be so much exposition piled on, I found it hard to pinpoint the application in many cases. The practical leadership lessons were often lost in the mix.
Don’t get me wrong, these are some great passages and MacArthur is second to none in wringing out every drop of meaning in Bible study. All I’m saying is two chapters dedicated largely to one verse (Ephesians 6:4) can tend to get a little dry. This book is for those who like to go deep and only occasionally come up for a big picture view. I’m not sure how helpful it will be for those dads who are struggling to lead their families well, because they likely also struggle with turning their full attention to the Word. Do you feed a malnourished man a five course meal, or do you start him out with protein shake first?
In any case, MacArthur is spot-on in his treatment of scripture and gives an excellent treatise on the parable of the prodigal son near the end of the book. The chapter on Proverbs 7 is excellent as well. MacArthur very effectively captures the chilling life-and-death tone of this conversation between a father and a son. It’s hardly the “birds and the bees.”
This book isn’t for every dad out there, but I think there quite a few who could find it helpful. I certainly did.
The narration by Maurice England for the audiobook version was very well done, as usual.
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