Author Dennis Mansfield was a leader in the evangelical public policy and pro-family movement for almost two decades working in association with Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council. He was also an early leader in the Promise Keepers Movement and a candidate for US Congress in 2000. This book is his family’s story about his oldest and most beloved son’s descent into drug use that eventually took the young man’s life at age 27.
Mansfield is candid, transparent and humble as he describes his life as a young Christian, husband, and then father. Together with his wife Susan, they determined by God’s grace to parent their three children in the ways taught in the Bible. However, their oldest son, Nate, rebelled against them and the principles they held dear. Throughout this tender book detailing one of the most difficult challenges any family can face, that of losing a child, Mansfield describes the various parenting strategies he and Susan espoused and why they didn’t work.
"BEAUTIFUL NATE is more than a memoir of one family’s loss. It is a roadmap of sorts to help guide other families through the parenting journey, using faith in Christ as their cornerstone."
In three parts, the text is subdivided so that readers can traverse along with Mansfield’s life and family as they grew and matured along the way. In the first section, he writes about building the perfect family and how he and Susan adopted first the child-centered parenting style. Believing that they were doing everything in their power to protect and provide the best family life possible for their children, Mansfield cites the numerous flaws to this type of parenting. He then discusses how they changed to the mu