The Christian Dad reads his Bible. But he also seeks guidance from other Godly men who have walked the dad path before him. Below are the 5 books (besides the Bible) we believe are essential for every man who either has children or plans on having them someday:
- Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. This book isn’t just a must read for dads, but for men in general. It would even help your wife understand why you do some of the things you do. Eldredge dives deep into the heart of a man. What makes him tick. How he is wired. Men weren’t designed to be domestic. Adam was created in the “outback” as Eldredge puts it. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness. And so on. If you have a son, this book will help you understand his nature as you understand yours. But if you’re a male, read this book. You’ll be glad you did.
- Raising a Modern Day Knight by Robert Lewis. Men of old had a purpose, a sense of being. Do you know the exact moment you became a man? Was manhood clearly defined for you? Did a ceremony mark your coming of age? If you’re like me, the answers to these questions are “not sure”, “kind of”, “and no”. This book will explore the importance of these things and much more, from a biblical and historical perspective. So grab a seat at your kitchen round table and start reading.
- Anchor Man by Steve Farrar. What kind of impact will you leave when you die? This book outlines how you can anchor your family in Christ for a century of generations. Imagine leaving a Godly impact on your great-great grandchildren even after you’re long gone. And it starts now with you, this book, and God.
- Strong Fathers Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker, MD. Obviously, this book is written for those of us with daughters. Meeker argues that fathers have the most impact when it comes to the ultimate direction of our young ladies, and she sets out to add a few tools to our kit. If you have a daughter, don’t hesitate to pick up a copy and dig in.
- You Have What It Takes by John Eldredge. Another great book from John Eldredge. This one explores what your son and daughter need from a dad. Every boy wants to be a hero and every girl wants to be captivating. This book will take you on a path of understanding the needs of your children and how to provide them the way only a dad can. You have what it takes, dads.
Let me know if you have any other recommendations in the comments below!