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Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story

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What happens when givers of life give a lifetime of tears? The story of fatherlessness is written into the heart of our generation. It is heard in our songs, seen in our movies, read in our blogs. It is a story of shame, loneliness, and rejection. A story of missed potential and wasted opportunity. A story that desperately needs to be heard. But fatherlessness is more than ...more
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Published October 4th 2010 by Zondervan (first published September 3rd 2010)
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Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
So much information, but in an easy-to-read format. This book helped me think about things a little differently. It made me actually think about reasonings behind actions. Sad situations and stories. It definitely will make you take a step back and think about people you’ve met and think if they had a stable family life. It will help you think of the people who deserve a little more patience and grace and maybe even who need to be loved. I would suggest this book to others to read. It is especia ...more
Christina DeVane
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very needy group is brought to light in this book. A brief history and how we got to this point as a society Is given and then the author shares statistics and effects of this. I have seen personally how a child/teen without a father, or with an absent father, an unspiritual, or an abusive father can have devastating effects on one’s life. They struggle so much more and carry sometimes unknown baggage into their adult life. Thankful for a resource that opens our eyes to their needs and how we ...more
Shane Walters
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tremendous book. A must read for Christians and Church leaders in our times. Practical tips and touching stories about dealing with a fatherless generation.
Carmen Sisson
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't think I would get much out of this book, but I ended up highlighting a lot of it, nodding my head and saying, "Yeah, that's what it feels like."

That alone makes this book worth reading, because as the author astutely notes, fatherless children grow up feeling like they are the only ones with this gnawing hole inside. The walking wounded. Some will forever look in the mirror and see themselves as broken. Others will break the mirror and say to hell with it all, who needs a father anyway?
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In his book Fatherless Generation, Dr. John Sowers targets the issue of fatherlessness and thoroughly exposes it as a growing epidemic that exists so widely in our Present Day that its alarming effects, though not always immediately detectable, are deeply impacting the our culture in ways that are detrimental to its healthy survival.

The book is divided into two sections, in which Sowers establishes the issue of fatherlessness as a valid threat to culture, and then proposes a strategic and effect
Dec 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Fatherless Generation; Redeeming the Story
By Bryon Mondok
The Good News

My family is under attack. So is yours. It's a concentrated spiritual effort designed to undermine our civilization's reliance, dependence, and turning to God. That's the conclusion you come to when you read Fatherless Generation, by Dr. John Sowers. "No longer do we have to travel abroad to make war. America is making war on itself," Sowers writes.

Sowers is the national director of the Mentoring Project founded in Portland, O
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
It took me awhile to finish this book, for no good reason. I kept getting distracted, but it was insightful and important. I would recommend it to about anyone because I think the issue of fatherlessness is real. If nothing else check out to see about the work being done to address fatherlessness. Spearheaded by John Sowers and Donald Miller. ...more
Dave Jr.
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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This is the best book I've reviewed in a while. Very important message. I want to buy a thousand copies and give one to everyone I know. ...more
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The story of the fatherless generation is unfolding all around us. Some parts of the story are being told by the children growing up in fatherless homes, while other parts of the story are being told by the once fatherless children who are now adults. You can hear the cry of the fatherless in their songs, see it in their movies, and read about it on their blogs. “Pop culture captures the dying voice of this generation. In it, we hear poets and prophets crying out for hope in the midst of ruin. P ...more
Julian Jansen
Fatherless homes a tragedy of our times, though, if communities stand together, they can help and guide these sons to become the best they can be, take their rightful place in their communities end society. A sheer inspirational book.
Nathan Mckinney
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, fatherhood
Fatherless Generation, which is the product of the author's graduate studies on the topic, makes a strong argument in the first half of this short little book, that "fatherlessness is plaguing this country." Having lost my father to meningitis at the age of 6, it didn't take much for Sowers to convince me of the profoundly negative impact of growing up without a father. Even though I didn't have to live with the hurt and rejection that most kids growing up without a dad face, I still found mysel ...more
Ben Zajdel
Fatherless Generation is John Sowers' manifesto against the rising epidemic of fatherlessness that is sweeping our nation. Interweaving his personal story with statistics, somber prose, and stories culled from his blog on the same topic, Sowers is able to convey his own urgency onto readers.

Fatherless Generation explains the devastating effects of not having father. He details the different reactions that boys and girls have when they are left without a father. He also uses examples from celebri
Brandon Stiver
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-at-risk
Such a powerful book and picture of America. You read this book and quickly realize how profound and how devastating fatherlessness has gripped this country. I know this book began as Sowers' thesis and therefore had a good amount of research involved in the writing which was invaluable. I've shared the statistics that he shared with many people during times that I've preached because they are just that astounding. Somehow at the heart of so many ailments is this root cause of fatherlessness. I ...more
Barnabas Piper
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it

The first half of this book is fantastic. The stories of the fatherless and those who stepped in to full the void are wonderful. The second half the book is much more pragmatic. For me, that was not nearly as compelling. Over all, though, Sowers' book made me want to be the best dad I can be as well as find opportunities to fill a good for those lacking dads.
Kyle McManamy
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a simple book written to address fatherlessness in our times. While its observations were fairly simple, they were sustained by reliable statistics and illustrated well. It really brought to life the prevalent need of mentors that many of our youth have today. Also provided are next steps for those who were moved through reading this book. It gave me some things to think about.
Charles Crutcher
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoy John's writing style. He delivers information with heart and candor. His observation on the culture in America without fathers is disturbing because it is true. This book is a call to action. ...more
Lance Towers
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: genuine-religion
My favorite line from this book is, "God fathers us through the intimacy of his Spirit, but also by bringing people into our lives." Sowers' work, "Fatherless Generation," in its entirety is helpful in that it imparts a burden to its reader for the church to manifest God's heart as Father. ...more
Katelyn Sullins
Great psychology behind a search for belonging. This is applicable to those WITH fathers, just as equally. Great resource for understanding myself and others.
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, amazing book.
Jason Lyle
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good book on a subject that needs to be revisited over and over. Staggering statistics show boys and girls need positive roll models in their lives.
Charissa Howe
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. My full review is up at: ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Heartbreaking. Sobering. A call to be better fathers, and as important to be PRESENT fathers. Quick read. Highlights the significant impact of mentoring.
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