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Anchor Man: How a Father Can Anchor His Family in Christ for the Next 100 Years [Paperback]

By Steve Farrar (Author)
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This bestselling book encourages, exhorts, and demonstrates with biblical concepts how men can anchor their families in Christ for at least three generations.

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If you thought your parenting responsibilities ended after eighteen years per child, you thought wrong. Instead, it's your privilege to lead your family-and influence succeeding generations-for a century...or more.

"Anchor Man" presents the high calling of fatherhood, the traits of a Christian father, the adventures that await him as he interacts with his children, and the significance of his role as a good family man. Steve Farrar presents these roles and responsibilities in a way any man wanting to increase his understanding of his place in the family, and our society, can put into action every day.

"Anchor Man" encourages, exhorts, and demonstrates with biblical concepts how to raise a godly family and how to anchor that family in Christ for the next one hundred years. Farrar's unique teaching style blends humor and practicality with the tools fathers need to become all that God intended them to be as the leaders of their families.

"When a man gets serious about following Christ with his whole heart," Farrar says, "God desires to not only pour out His blessing on that man, but on his children, and his children's children.

Item Specifications...

Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 9, 2000
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785268170  
EAN  9780785268178  

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An interesting concept  Dec 3, 2005
To propose that a man can have an impact on generations to come is a facinating concept. What man doesn't want to see his children and grandchildren (and possibly more) successful and happy? Steve Farrar presents a solid argument for fathering in a way that will last for years. We all know or remember that elderly man down the street or in church who always knew what to say and how to handle difficult situations. The one who seemed to be wisdom personified. Those men are becoming more and more rare. Steve Farrrar explains why that is so and how difficult it can be to turn out children and grandchildren who are pleasing to God.

If you read Christian books on parenting (Dobson, etc.), you may not find a lot of new information. Yes, we know that an effective father must be the spiritual leader, must love and be faithful to his wife, and must be involved in his children's lives. The interesting part is the framework of doing these things with an eye toward, not just the next generation, but the generation after that. That takes vision. And that is something our instant-gratification culture has nearly erased.

This book seemed to get better as it went on. The first chapters descibe the fathering crisis our country faces. (I know there is a problem; that is why I'm reading it.) But the later chapters become more practical, use more Scripture (the real source of wisdom), and are more direct in their approach.

While this book makes an excellent gift for the young father, don't forget the grandfather who may feel that he can not be an influence in his grandkids' lives. The premise alone should cause all men to evaluate their priorities.
Read this one first!  Jun 10, 2005
With similarities to "Point Man," this book gives straight talk to men specifically about being a dad. Forget the failures of the past, and start now, wherever you are in the process.

Conversational style makes this book easy to read; it's hard to put it down. The author says he wants to "shoot straight" with you, and indeed he does.

This book gives good coverage of the many aspects of being a dad, including some you might not even have thought of, and so I say, "read it first." It has good references for futher study on the subject.

An unpopular viewpoint of this book  Aug 19, 2003
Based on the other reviews I'm the only person who didn't come away challenged and encouraged from this book.

Why I EVEN gave it two stars:
1) The stories are numerous and provide a little something for everyone's tastes

2) It has a study guide with question prompts in the back, in case this books gets used in a small group format or for teaching a class.

3) Yes, he talks straight to the reader and doesn't pull any punches.

4) He gives a nice list of activities to do with your kids other than watch a movie (but that might be on there too...I'll have to go back and check)

Why I ONLY gave it two stars:
1) Out of 242 pages he could have presented all his points on one page and maybe another two pages per story or two to support on each of his points; giving us a total of 20-25 pages. But of course that wouldn't do for the publisher and the need to meet a page quota.

2) I felt he used more stories than he did scripture to support his points. This left me wanting more meat and less milk...if you know what I mean.

3) I got the point already by the third or fourth example...oh, wait...I hit that point already in #1 of this part. *wink*

4) He doesn't pull any punches but to me most of the chapters were plain common sense (i.e. spend quality and quantity time with kids). Thus even if he doesn't pull any punches there isn't a lot of power behind them to begin with.

I have a few other books on my shelf from authors like Dobson who I hope will raise the bar on the content. I could see how this may be useful for someone who have walked away from the Lord or don't know the Lord. It wasn't nearly as challenging as the Man In The Mirror book, so I can NOT see how this can effectively be used as a bible study curriculum.

Just my two humble cents worth.

Challenging book for Christian fathers  Jun 23, 2003
Having read Point Man a few years ago, I expected to be challenged by this book, and I was not disappointed. In it, Steve Farrar takes a realistic look into what it takes to be a successful Christian father. He starts the book by commenting about the social decay we see in the US and around the world. Simply put, Farrar believes (and argues pretty convincingly) that we have a fatherhood crisis and it is destroying our nation one generation at a time.

Farrar then explains the bibilical view of fatherhood and the promise of God to bless a man's family (for many generations) if he follows the plan. The last section gets more into the practical steps for a Christian father to take in order to anchor his family in Christ.

Overall, the concept of the book is not new, but Farrar's approach is more straight forward than others, and may come off as pretty tough to some readers. He does not pull any punches when he explains that divorce is not an option, that men need to memorize the Word of God, that there is no substitute for spending time with your kids, and how important the man's role is at home. This book has given me a lot to think about and help me to assess the things I do well versus those areas that I have neglected, or postponed.

I highly recommend this book to any Christian man looking for a ways to make your family better, and methods for strengthening your walk (and your kid's walk) with Christ. Lastly, if you are considering divorce, whether you are a believer, or not, you should read the first few chapters of this book. It clearly articulates the danger you face, and the problems your kids will face after the papers are signed.

A must for any mans' library  Jan 19, 2000
I passed this book on to a gentleman who was bound and determined to get a divorce. This book along with prayer turned his life around. He is now involved in a local church and is committed to keeping is family together as one godly unit! Everyone should have this in their library to save a marriage or family. If you are considering divorce or seperation, please read at least the first four chapters of this book.

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