Anchor Man, Thomas Nelson Publishers, $19.99. is a powerful book calling Christian dads to become real true fathers. It’s a motivational, practical book. Author Steve Farrar has a doctorate from Dallas Seminary and founded Men’s Leadership Ministries. He also authored the best seller, Point Man: How A Man Can Lead His Family. It sold over 300,000 copies.
Anchor Man offers some cogent statistics on the close relationship between absentee dads and teenage problems. 80 to 90 percent of all children with behavioral disorders, homeless, runaways, rapists or in prison are from fatherless homes.
Farrar offers interesting anecdotes plus practical suggestions. He offers 50 ways to coach your children. #1 Coach them how to pray. #3 Coach them how to buy a car by taking them with you the next time you buy one. #10 Coach them ahead of time how to handle pornography. #18 Coach them to share their victories, joys, sorrows, defeats and hurt with you. You do that, by the way, by listening. #33 Coach them that it is better to be respected than popular. #42 Coach your daughter that both God and you think she is very, very, valuable—and she won’t act cheap. #43 Coach your son to keep his hands off his date.
Farrar quotes Christian author-speaker Josh McDowell who says that Christian kids are “involved in inappropriate, immoral even illegal behavior. 74 percent of these are spiritually confused . . ”
“Christian kids are confused about right and wrong. . . the trouble comes from their surroundings. They are in trouble because they are being raised in a wilderness. . . Christian fathers don’t build on sand. They build on bedrock.” pp 67,69.
This would be an excellent gift for fathers. Its predecessor, Point Man (1990) may have more basic, Bible teaching, laying a ground work for Anchor Man (1998). Both are edifying.