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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
The Love of a Father: Faith Principles of the Power of a Father's Love by Ken Gordon is a non-fiction Christian parenting guide with the aim of educating readers on the frequently misunderstood and often overlooked paternal balance of love for a child. Gordon breaks the book down into three distinct but interconnecting sections as he unveils the framework that shows equality in the love of both mother and father, addressed by breaking down the walls that over time we seem to have cemented ourselves. The sections are Debunking the Myths, Defining the Truth, and Demonstrating the Example. From here the book's subsections sprout forth the fruit of Gordon's rich, scriptural soil with Biblical text that he expands on and how it applies to all things fatherhood.
The Love of a Father is a straightforward lesson that Ken Gordon is able to wrap up in a book that packs a lot of punch despite its compact size. Gordon also sets himself apart in that he addresses readers of varied faith in a wholly inclusive way, offering the choice of either believing the word as truth or viewing it as an anthology of short stories. I've never come across this before and it solidified the spirit of solidarity we share as fathers. Gordon also speaks of the science behind the connection between a father and child on multiple levels, the wide variety of parenting styles [both good and not so great], role models plucked from the source material, and a new set of commandments for fathers themselves, among many other things. The most enlightening to me was the part that provided “Pearls of Wisdom from Your Father”, a list of do's and don'ts to give your child that evolves through the seasons of their lives. An example is the message of integrity and how people should be treated, summed up with the line, “Do not live a life where you have to look over your shoulder.” Gordon has some genuinely sound advice and valid points and I am so pleased to have come across this book.