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About the Book

Beautiful Nate: A Memoir of a Family's Love, a Life Lost, and Heaven's Promises

In this heartrending memoir about faith and family, a conservative spokesman writes candidly of his beloved son and how even when you follow all the “rules,” life can go very wrong.

Family-values guru Dennis Mansfield and his wife Susan planned for and expected every parent’s dream when their son Nate was born. Instead, they lived every parent’s nightmare.

A leader in the evangelical public policy arena, Dennis Mansfield was a candidate for U.S. Congress in 2000 when he learned of his oldest son’s drug use. Though Dennis and Susan turned their attention to helping drug addicts and their families, they were powerless to stop the death of their own son in 2009 at the age of 27. BEAUTIFUL NATE lucidly recounts these difficult years while painting a picture of what did and did not work in raising a child within the evangelical framework. Rather than lose faith in the God he trusted, Dennis eventually found new joy and purpose --- with a much more compassionate and realistic view of the role parents play and the guidelines they follow.

As readers travel with Dennis on his journey of discovery, they will find a more nuanced view of parenting --- and gain invaluable insights into dealing with their own life trials.

Beautiful Nate: A Memoir of a Family's Love, a Life Lost, and Heaven's Promises
by Dennis Mansfield

  • Publication Date: March 5, 2013
  • Genres: Christian, Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • ISBN-10: 1451678517
  • ISBN-13: 9781451678512