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. At the time of this review being written, case in point is that Robin Williams has just committed suicide.
This large rate of men giving up according to the author, Dear Son: A Fathers Advice On Being A Man, 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 has 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.
He encourages his readers to be courageous fathers, husbands, church members, citizens, and brothers. “The hope for our cities, countries, and world lies in the hearts of young men loving and serving women and children instead of using and abusing them.” He also reminds them that they can be “perfectly and totally loved” in a broken world of imperfect fathers.
Dear Son has heartfelt wisdom for life’s journey, especially for guys—and for those who want to strengthen them. This book is a challenge for all of us to make sure we are asking ourselves the hard questions and being held accountable to the mentoring that should be taking place. Lastly, Keep our eyes on Jesus, as He is truly the Father to all of us and will never disappoint or leave any of us. Allow Him to mentor us as well, for there is no better.
*(This review is based upon a copy of this book which was provided free of charge from Tyndale House Publishers. These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.)*