Book Review

Dad Time “Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood”

©2014 Max Lucado

Published by Thomas Nelson

Dad Time “Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood” focuses on the special and unique moments of fatherhood as the subtitle suggests. The book is a mixture of bible verses, personal stories, and snippets of advice. This combination makes this collection a quick but intriguing read. The personal stories and advice are actually from either prior books or sermons preached by Max Lucado.

Lucado begins with reminding us that our children are God’s children and we need to give them to Him. But it starts with us dads looking to Jesus, trusting in who God is. We are reminded by one of Max’s sermon notes, “Dads, when you lead by example, you are sowing eternal seeds.” It is the example of Jesus’ unconditional love that we need to exemplify to our children. Our job is to watch over our children, keep them safe, and most importantly, Lucado states, “help your child walk in the way of the master.” He also provides these key attributes needed during fatherhood: commitment, spending quality time, and grace. These help our children understand that we will always be there for them and want them to be who they really are.

The end of the book brings together a couple key themes that flow throughout: our lives and our kids’ lives are works in progress, that Jesus paid for something we cannot truly fathom, and despite our doubts—trust in Him.

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