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This easy-to-use, life-changing book for fathers and sons gives readers the tools to have important conversations with boys about life, faith, and being a man. With a conversational and captivating tone, fathers and other caregivers are guided into having gospel-focused conversations with boys about a wide range of topics from social justice and friendships to money, anger, and more.
Dads are given an incredible opportunity to be one of the primary influences in their children's lives for the gospel. By inviting conversations in every arena of life, fathers pass down the message of Christ to the next generation. As a youth and family pastor and father to a young boy who's entered into many of these conversations, Joel Fitzpatrick knows it's important not to shy away from difficult subjects.
But he also knows dads and other caregivers need help in how to have intentional conversations with boys about God, themselves, and what difference knowing the gospel makes to their everyday life. Fitzpatrick invites fathers to share with their sons how the gospel shapes all aspects of life, including how they treat women, people from other ethnic groups, and much more. Specific, practical help is given to dads through suggested activities, God's Word, and insightful questions.
In a world where television, the internet, social media, and gaming culture have taken away from quality time spent between fathers and sons, Between Us Guys urges readers to lean in to important conversations with the grace and knowledge of Christ.
|Title: Between Us Guys: Life-Changing Conversations for Dads and Sons|
By: Joel Fitzpatrick
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: New Growth Press
|Publication Date: 2019|
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
Reports suggest boys are more likely to be violent and unable to express their emotions than girls. There's also a great discussion going on about toxic masculinity leading to pent-up aggression and frustration, isolation, problematic relationships, violence, anger, and other devastating realities. It's clear raising boys today requires a new definition of what it means to be a man.
It's more important than ever for fathers to be role models and have gospel-centered conversations with their sons about becoming a man. In Between Us Guys: Life-Changing Conversations for Dads and Sons, author Joel Fitzpatrick shares how dads are given an incredible opportunity to be the primary influence in their children’s lives. By inviting conversations about every aspect of life such as family, girls, love, defending others, failure, strength, and heaven, the author shows fathers how to pass down the message of Christ to the next generation, redefining what manliness means through the lens of the gospel.
Fitzpatrick discusses how TV, the internet, social media, and gaming culture have all taken away from quality time spent between fathers and sons. This book will give dads the tools they need to have intentional relationship-building conversations with their sons. "Most dads can't remember ever having these sorts of talks with their fathers, so they need help having them," he says. "Understanding the gospel is vitally important for boys to grow into men who love God and people."
As a father who is intentional about having these important conversations with his son, Fitzpatrick urges other fathers not to shy away from hard subjects, but to focus on the freedom Christians have in Christ rather than a moralistic message. As a former youth and family pastor, he has helped many other families have life-changing conversations with their children. Fitzpatrick is able to offer practical help and biblical insight on important topics, from social justice and friendships to money, anger, and even what it means to be a man.
"The subject of 'being a man is such a touchy one that it's even hard to say. 'Be a man' can cause so much hurt to those who don't fit into the typical models of what a man is. What does it mean to be a man? We have all kinds of ways that we think about how to answer this question. The entertainment industry seems to highlight three models of a man in particular: the weakling, the loser, and the womanizer," Fitzpatrick writes.
"Men come in all shapes and sizes. Men may even struggle with their manhood. So, what does it mean to be a man, and does the Bible hold out a clear description of a man? I think the answer is yes."
Written for dads and boys between the ages of six and twelve, each chapter is divided into sections that lead the readers through the cycle of what God intended, what the fall broke, what Jesus has redeemed, what heaven will restore, and how we respond. The book offers prompts for conversations or can be read directly by the father to his son. The intention is for the conversations to take place while participating in activities together, and Between Us Guys even offers suggestions of things to do.
By helping fathers apply the life-changing work of Jesus to their sons' lives, Fitzpatrick's hope is that relationships between father and son will be restored and strengthened and that this book can help to lay the groundwork for future conversations on biblical masculinity.
Joel Fitzpatrick has served as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America with a focus on youth and family. He received his MDiv from Westminster Seminary California. He is the co-author of Mom, Dad...What's Sex? and contributed chapters to The Sinner and Saints Devotional: 60 days in the Psalms.
Fitzpatrick lives in Southern California with his wife and their two children.