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Dear Son

Raising Faithful, Just, and Compassionate Men

160 pages
Chalice Press
What does it mean to be a faith-filled dad to a son? There are no shortage of media stereotypes, masculine caricatures, and talk-show opinions, but do they offer any helpful or practical advice for father’s today? Dear Son: Raising Faithful, Just, and Compassionate Men is a candid examination of fatherhood’s joys and difficulties. Framed in a series of letters from two dads to their still-young sons, this book offers alternative perspectives on what faithful fatherhood looks like today. Instead of reinforcing sexist social dynamics and machismo attitudes, authors Hall and Underwood articulate and defend an understanding of masculinity that presents a father as a servant of God, a man of emotion, and someone striving to raise sons committed to fixing the injustices of the world rather than perpetuating them. Dear Son is a call to action for other fathers to deeply reflect—especially in light of their Christian faith—on what it means to have someone look at them and say, “Dad...” and to be able to respond with their whole heart.
Author Bio
Jonathan B. Hall and Beau T. Underwood are both ordained ministers within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Jon has a B.A. from Transylvania University, M.Div. from Eden Theological Seminary, Certification from Bossey Ecumenical Institute, and a D.Min. from Claremont School of Theology. His family lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Beau has a B.A. from Eureka College, M.Div and MPP from the University of Chicago, and is working on his doctorate in public affairs at the University of Missouri. His family lives in Jefferson City, Missouri.