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Self-initiation is killing our young men. Without strong mentors, boys are walking alone into a wilderness of conflicting messages about who they should be as men. It's no wonder that our sons are confused about what the world expects from them and what they should expect of themselves.

The Intentional Father is the antidote. This concise book is filled with practical steps to help men raise sons of consequence - young men who know what they believe, know who they are, and will stand up against the negative cultural trends of our day. Jon Tyson lays out a clear path for fathers and sons that includes specific activities, rites of passage, and significant "marking moments" that can be customized to fit any family.

It's not enough to hope our sons will become good men. We need them to be good at being men. This book shows how fathers, grandfathers, and other male mentors can lead the way.

©2021 Jon Tyson; research copyright 2021 by Barna Group (P)2021 eChristian

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Like a compass for a choose your own adventure with your son.

As a father, I found this book helpful to lay out a vision for intentionally raising my son into manhood. It provided direction but allows for a customized path. If you want someone to tell you what to do in specific details this text is going to disappoint you, but if you are looking for principles and a path to walk in helping your son it is definitely worth the read. I would recommend picking up the hard copy as there are things you will want to see in this process.

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Inspiring

Tyson offers inspiration, creativity and hope for fathers and future fathers. Looking forward to creating an initiation process for my son.

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Impactful- a must read

As men, I feel we've lost our way or maybe even been misguided or misinformed in what it means to be a man, and how to father our boys into manhood. For me, this book planted a seed in what that should/could look like. What potential we have to leave behind a great legacy for our sons and even our daughters by implementing some of the things in this book. The teachings, life experiences. and moments we create for them are what they'll take into the world when on their own. It will be some of the greatest moments and legacy we leave behind. I want my son's journey into manhood to be filled with great experiences and moments. I've definitely fallen short in the past, but ultimately want to heal any wounds that I've caused and become a blessing to all of my children. Thankful for this book. - Nahum Razo

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a true generation changer

loved it. convicting and compelling. really appreciated that it was narrated by the author

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Ok, practically zero scripture

The value of the book depends on what you expect. With Tyson being a pastor, I would have expected him to lay some scriptural foundations for fatherhood, but there is barely any reference to scripture at all. He condemns moralistic therapeutic deism, but gives no real theology. the first several chapters are super repetitive, basically using different illustrations and wording to say "be an intentional father." The author spends far too much time trying to connect with the readers personally and convince us we need to be intentional father's as though the people picking up the book weren't interested at all.
Many of the stories used present the authors experiences and options for things that could turn out well and reaped decent results for the author, but maybe not necessary for everyone.
The suggestions are not bad or worldly. But I was hoping for something that wasnt just another list of options that father's could or could not use.
It's not a bad book at all. It's a good book. There are good suggestions. But it's far too autobiographical and very non-biblical.

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Amazingly insightful and helpful

As a father of a teenager, I’m always on the lookout for resources that help me navigate the relationship I have with my son. This was a total home run! Tyson does a masterful job of casting a vision for intentional fatherhood and offers tangible, practical ideas/steps to help dads guide their sons into a biblical approach to manhood. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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Done with heart

It’s clear to me that this book was written with heart. Not the evil heart that we are born with but rather the new fleshly heart that the Lord gives to his children. The love poured into Nate‘s heart through his father displayed in this book is just a small picture of the love of our heavenly father. I would highly recommend this book to any dad. I hope I can adapt and implement these principles in my own sons lives as well as some thing for my daughters too. If Nate ever decided to write a book on how this impacted him, I would love to read that too

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Wonderful inspiration and practical application!

My son is only two, but this book helped me to catch a vision for his future. It fired me up to start working to the a foundation early. Thanks for the wisdom and insight Jon!

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Outstanding work of fathering and discipling

Intentional father is a great work for any father serious about discipling there sons.

More than that it is a great resource to disciple at every level

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Insightful borders to raising men

This book touches on a lot of topics I feel many people wouldn't consider. Many new-age books on fathering are very politically charged and teach you to immaculate your boys, where this book kind of shows you to raise young men as potential power and a source to be respected. It goes into detailed (but not too much) example of how to create life-altering moments with your boys and what to consider when facing the milestones of raising a child.

Give this book a listen past the intro. It's filled with wisdom, insight, some hearty laughs, and some misty-eyed moments.

I'll be picking up a hard copy of this book to mark up and wreck, and I'll be re-reading this book throughout the years to come, and I'll be using this book considerably when I draw out the roadmap of life I'd like my son to experience. Wish me luck,