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Father Fiction

Chapters for a Fatherless Generation

Author Donald Miller
Narrator Kelly Ryan Dolan
Runtime 4.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher Oasis Audio
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Release Date May 4, 2010
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With honest humor and raw self-revelation, bestselling author Donald Miller tells the story of growing up without a father and openly talks about the issues that befall the fatherless generation. Raw and candid, Miller moves from self-pity and brokenness to hope and strength, highlighting a path for millions who are floundering in an age without positive male role models.
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With honest humor and raw self-revelation, bestselling author Donald Miller tells the story of growing up without a father and openly talks about the issues that befall the fatherless generation. Raw and candid, Miller moves from self-pity and brokenness to hope and strength, highlighting a path for millions who are floundering in an age without positive male role models. Speaking to both men and women who grew up without a father—whether that father was physically absent or just emotionally aloof—this story of longing and ultimate hope will be a source of strength. Single moms and those whose spouses grew up in fatherless homes will find new understanding of those they love as they travel along this literary journey. This is a story of hope and promise. And if you let it, Donald Miller’s journey will be an informal guide to pulling the rotted beams out from our foundations and replacing them with something upon which we can build our lives.

Author interview included.

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The Cost of Renegade Fathers
Review of “Father Fiction: Chapters for a Fatherless Generation” by Donald Miller and narrated by Kelly Ryan Dolan

Review: 5 Stars (out of 5)

Donald Miller gives a clarion call for honesty and authenticity in addressing the greatest social problem of our current and the next generation: renegade fathers. Physically or psychologically absent fathers leave a hole in the hearts of their children. Miller engages in an autobiographical transparency which, although it is painful at times, is absolutely essential to confront the aftermath of men reneging upon their parenting responsibilities. Dolan does an excellent job narrating a book which is an emotional mine field. Don’t think that this book is solely for those whose fathers were “missing in action.” There are life lessons here for all men, together with a call to believers to mentor those boys and young men who are being left behind.

A special thanks to the folks at christianaudio Reviewers Program for the advance copy for review through the christianaudio Reviewers Program. http://christianaudio.com

-Dave Melton (December 3, 2010)
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Review by / (Posted on 12/3/2010)
Gotta say, Donald Miller's Father Fiction:...
Gotta say, Donald Miller's Father Fiction: Chapters for a Fatherless Generation was surprisingly good. Miller's somewhat famous Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality (once again slated to be a movie) was hit and miss for me with his attempts to be self-deprecatingly cool for Jesus. Father Fiction was much better, probably because it had a point as opposed to the meandering life recollections of Blue Like Jazz.

And it's a good point: boys need fathers.

Common sense to some but Miller speaks from experience of not having a father. It shaped his life considerably, not to mention giving him a lot to write about. Miller discovered that a majority of men in U.S. prisons grew up with no father in the home. He argues that male mentoring of fatherless boys might prevent many men from a life of crime. It's a worthy goal, though I'd like to see more data connecting a possible incarceration decline to male mentoring - can male mentors sufficiently fill the role of fathers?

Father Fiction avoids a clear answer. Instead Miller reflects on the male mentors in his own life who helped him learn what manhood was all about. His learnings then become opportunities to dish advice to other men on what it means to be a man (hint: it basically involves having a penis). I was again surprised throughout his life advice chapters. I didn't expect true-blue Democrat Don Miller to so readily endorse the books of John Eldredge, author of Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul. It's an extremely traditional perspective on gender roles and marriage. I'm sympathetic to that traditional husband + wife picture of marriage, but I don't think Miller or Eldredge give enough thoughtful consideration to the gender chaos swirling around us, nor do they give good reason for their vision of masculinity. Eldredge, for example, is all about "man see woman, man rescue woman, woman sighs romantically, woman serves hot meals and hot sex to man every night." Miller's definition of man as "human with a penis" is disappointingly small and Eldredge's heroic masculinity sounds less epic than promised - especially if you're a woman.

But that doesn't detract from the fact that Don Miller is proving himself to be one of the best Christian writers around, not least because he doesn't sanitize his writing from tough topics. Father Fiction won't disappoint.

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I read this via audiobook from Christianaudio.com. One of the best audiobook narration's I've encountered. Kelly Ryan Dolan is the man...the narrator man.

*****
I'm so cool that Christianaudio.com gave me a free audiobook edition of Father Fiction just to hear my unbiased review as part of their reviewer program. You should get it from them.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/19/2010)
I read Blue Like Jazz because...
I read Blue Like Jazz because Donald Miller was a local author and the book had Jazz in the title. Then I read Father Fiction because Don Miller had written so honestly and un-apologetically in Blue Like Jazz. Father Fiction, however, brought my appreciation for Miller's writing to a whole new level. I found the book to be cathartic. Father Fiction is not just for those who grew up without a father's presence. It is for anyone who has ever felt hurt stunted in their development because of an absent or abusive or distant, or angry...an imperfect father. And to anyone who expects to become a parent, I would highly recommend this book as an honest look at the reality of a father's role in the successful development of his children. (Of course Miller presents truth through his uncanny ability to tell a story we can relate to and have us laughing out loud.) My favorite thing about Father Fiction is that Miller doesn't just write about a problem. He addresses it: http://www.thementoringproject.org/

Also, Kelly Ryan Dolan does an excellent job of narrating this audiobook.

I received the title through the christianaudio Reviewers Program. It’s a pretty sweet way to listen to some uplifting audio books and spread the word about a very worthy business.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/5/2010)
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