Dear Son: Fatherly Advice on Becoming a Man  -     By: David Bruskas, Cindy Coloma
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Dear Son: Fatherly Advice on Becoming a Man

Tyndale House / 2014 / Paperback

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In Dear Son by Dave Bruskas, he offers advice - the help he would have given to his own son had he lived through the growing-up milestones. After losing his infant son to a congenital heart defect, Dave wanted to help other young men. In the book, he talks about first dates, first jobs, weddings, births, friendships, and funerals. As a special feature, parts of the book are written to the infant son the author lost.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 2
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 141438971X
ISBN-13: 9781414389714
Series: Resurgence Books

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    5 Stars Out Of 5 26 Reviews

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Today’s culture doesn’t encourage men to grow up. Everyone from pastors to op-ed columnists have described a crisis of masculinity, fostered by a media culture that uniformly make men the butts of jokes. Men are much more likely to give up on life than women. One indicator of this is the large gender difference in suicide rates—men are four times more likely than women to drop out of life. This points to a profound lack of effective mentoring of men, especially in the church. Dave Bruskas seeks to fill in this gap with this book. Two decades ago, Dave lost his only infant son to a congenital heart defect. That devastating loss fueled his desire to provide effective mentoring to young men. Dear Son contains the guidance and insights Dave would have given his son if he had lived through the milestones of growing up: from first dates to first jobs, from weddings to births, from friendships to funerals. Dear Son contains heartfelt wisdom for life’s journey, especially for guys—and for those who want to strengthen them.

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful for sons AND fathers !
    July 22, 2014
    JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I mostly requested this book because I am a single mother and I need all the help I can get with my young son - who is 11 at the moment.

    And my advice to you, is to

    BUY THIS BOOK!

    Whether you ARE a father, or you plan to become a father some day_ Whether you are a single mother or a man who is new to Faith and in need of help along the way_ If you are a man who has not been the father you need to be or the son who needs to heal the relationship with their own father.

    This is the book for you!

    This is the book for ALL fathers, sons, young men about to become fathers or single mothers who don't know how to teach their sons what they're missing from the father who should be there.

    Dave Bruskas GETS IT. So many people today say that things have changed - and while that is certainly true - God has not changed and he never will. And, while our world is confusing and troubled - the relationship between father and son is just as vital as it always has been.

    Now, I am not a man or a young boy but I had a distressing relationship with my father for years and when I finally began to realize that I needed to treat him the way the Bible told me to, we began to relate in a way that we never have. I can only imagine the drastic changes we would see in this country if all young men began to do this as well.

    One thing Dave Bruskas seems to understand better than most pastors I know is that God truly is a Father to the Fatherless - even those who have a father who is physically there but doesn't really know how to BE a father. Most of us don't think about those children. We focus on the children who don't have a father physically present in their lives. Those are the kids who miss out - right?

    Not the ones who understand that God is their Father!

    There are parts of this book that are a bit brutal and I applaud that. Too many people tiptoe around the truth because they're concerned they might possibly offend someone. And, while I am not a fan of the harsh ways some people try to evangelize (bloody pictures of Christ on the side of a bus or truck or a depiction of what we think Hell might be like on a billboard), I do believe that people need to hear and see the truth. And sometimes that truth needs to be brutal.

    The words may be harsh in places but the format of the book is not - quite the opposite actually. Dave writes a series of letters to the son he never got to see grow up. It's heartbreaking but it gives a unique perspective that so many of us - with perfectly healthy young sons - take for granted.

    I am truly blessed to have found this book and I am anxious to pass it on to my son. Most of the information in it is helpful to me right now but one day soon, he will need to read it too.

    I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Much Needed Message for Men
    July 18, 2014
    mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dave Bruskas' heart is laid open in this foundational book for all men. He hits men at the heart, especially fathers, with his story of the tragic loss of his son in infancy but the subsequent blessing that followed by God's using this experience to bring others to Him. Bruskas' target audience is mostly young men who are just starting out their adult lives, but this book should inspire any man to become a more godly person of influence in a challenging culture.

    Not much of this book is really anything new, but it's fresh and deeply personal communication of timeless truths might just be what is needed to challenge the upcoming generation of men to imitate Jesus as the perfect example of godliness and to follow His example. Hopefully the readers of this book will not only seek information but rather transformation on what it means to be a man after God's own heart.

    I received a free complimentary copy of this book from the publisher as part of a reviewing program and was not obligated to give a positive review.
  3. Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Advice for sons
    July 15, 2014
    bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dear Son is basically a letter from a father to his son about how he would have raised him and what he would have taught him if he had survived. The author lost his only son when he was only a baby and he took his heartbreak to reach out to young men to teach them what it is to be a man. In this book, the author explains that the church and fathers have failed to not only mentor young men but also to show them what it is to be a man of God and the effects of that on society. He makes a case about this lack of mentoring to help cause some men to give up or even take their own lives and he explains that our culture only adds to this problem. In this book, the author explains what guidance and teachings he would have passed on to his own son regarding things like dating, getting married, working, births, and friendships, and how to act during funerals. This is a great read for any man especially those who are raising young men of their own because it has so many great insights and practical teachings that are important for any man to know today.
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