Dad Time: Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood
Gleaned from the very best of Max Lucado’s works over the years, his lovely Father’s Day gift book, DAD TIME: Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood, is sure to bring many hours of personal reflection, profound gratitude, and possibly some needed self-inspection to fathers everywhere. Lucado has compiled snippets of timeless lessons he learned at his dad’s knee, as well as those he used as the springboard throughout his own parenting journey.
Lucado, as his avid longtime fans and parishioners know to be true, is utterly candid and transparent about his own foibles and faults. Thus, he bridges the gap between esteemed author/pastor/speaker and readers who might otherwise place him above themselves as a man and as a father. Truly, part of his success is because he makes himself so relatable to others in their own walk through life’s ups and downs.
"Whether a man is a new father-to-be or much farther along in life’s path as a grandfather, Lucado’s timely words will touch heart and soul as he encourages men everywhere to take their role as 'dad' seriously."
Whether reflecting upon his own childhood years that were filled with the same disappointments and “growing pains” that every youngster experiences, or retelling his first terrifying moments as a father when he realized he and his wife were responsible for another human being, Lucado manages to bring to the surface all the cries of the parental heart.
Men (and the families that love them) will discover lots of practical help in this text as well. Not only does Lucado offer life-markers for raising children in the security of loving and God-honoring families, he makes sure to include scores of how to love your family in day-by-day, manageable steps. Perhaps one of the most valuable sections is when Lucado reflects upon the final moments of his father’s life, noting that his dad so thoughtfully and thoroughly made his last months count for eternity and also took special care to make certain the family he was leaving behind was cared for in every way. Surely, Lucado and his dad had a special bond, and specific sections of this text are a tribute to that relationship.
Whether a man is a new father-to-be or much farther along in life’s path as a grandfather, Lucado’s timely words will touch heart and soul as he encourages men everywhere to take their role as “dad” seriously. This beautifully designed gift book won’t simply sit on a dusty shelf; its words (and the lessons found therein) will be read and re-read time and time again. With candid true stories filling out every page, Lucado makes sure his words are also tempered by numerous comical happenings, poignant heartfelt pauses, and countless calls to take on the mantel of God’s mandate for biblical fatherhood. Lucado is simply one of those authors whose works can be read over and over again and whose message seems fresh every single time.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on May 25, 2014