A good Christmas gift for fathers...

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Pastoral care is not a high priority in the church today and it's hard to give it from a distance. The Apostle Paul did it through his epistles and most of the New Testament is simply the permanent record of pastoral care by pastors who lived at a distance from those they loved and led, done by means of letter writing in a day when texts, FB, and Skype didn't exist.

Daddy Tried is my own letter providing pastoral care to fathers.1 New fathers who year by year are welcoming their newborn sons and daughters into the world; and also old ones who year by year are welcoming their grandsons and granddaughters into the world; both ages of fathers are the men I want to encourage to walk their fatherhood by faith with love.

Maybe your husband or the men of your church lack anyone caring for them, personally, as they raise their daughters and sons? Maybe no one exhorts, admonishes, or rebukes them with great patience? Maybe no one encourages them to not grow discouraged at the hard, hard work...

If this is the case with you and yours, buy them a copy of Daddy Tried. Consider it my series of letters to fathers about the challenges and joys of fatherhood, and how our Heavenly Father meets us in our needs as daddies. There are lots of stories—some about my own Daddy whose fatherhood was deeply faithful and Christian.

In fact, even if you're a single mother, read Daddy Tried. I believe it will help you raise your children in a way that compensates well for the absence of your children's father.

People I honor as Godly men have said the book is helpful. Read the commendations on the Amazon page. I hope every father and every mother who loves fatherhood will read this book. It's much-needed pastoral care for all of us who realize the weight of responsibility we have for the souls God has placed under our care.

By the way, if you have read Daddy Tried, would you please do us the kindness of writing a review on Amazon? Thanks.

  • 1. If you're wondering, no, I'm not an apostle and the book is not inspired.
Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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