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Father Fiction

Father Fiction

Chapters for a Fatherless Generation

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CHAPTERS FOR A FATHERLESS GENERATION
With honest humor and raw self-revelation, bestselling author Donald Miller tells the story of growing up without a father and openly talks about the issues that befall the fatherless generation. Raw and candid, Miller moves from self-pity and brokenness to hope and strength, highlighting a path for millions who are floundering in an age without positive male role models.

Speaking to both men and women who grew up without a father—whether that father was physically absent or just emotionally aloof—this story of longing and ultimate hope will be a source of strength. Single moms and those whose spouses grew up in fatherless homes will find new understanding of those they love as they travel along this literary journey.

This is a story of hope and promise. And if you let it, Donald Miller’s journey will be an informal guide to pulling the rotted beams out from our foundations and replacing them with something upon which we can build our lives.
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  • Howard Books | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439190531 | 
  • February 2011
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The Replacements


We’ve Got Men on the Ground

In the absence of a real father, I had a cast of characters that were at times hilarious, pitiful, perfect, kind, and wise.

Here they are….

My first father was a black man on television who wore bright argyle sweaters. He lived in New York or Chicago, I can’t remember which. He was incredibly intelligent and had a knockout wife. I’m talking about Bill Cosby. When I was a kid, I wanted to be Theo Huxtable. I liked the way Theo dressed. I liked that he was confident with women and even though he didn’t make... see more

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Father Fiction includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Donald Miller. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

Introduction

Donald Miller grew up fatherless. As a young adult he was taken in by an intact family and discovered what he was missing by not having a family. But even a fatherless child has a God interested in parenting him. With each essay, Donald explores the gaps that being fatherless left in him and how his readers can begin to fill these holes in their own life.

Discussion Questions

1. Don’ advice addresses gaps in his own development that came from not having a father in his life. Think about your father or fatherless experience, how did it impact your development?

2. Who were the mentors in your life? What contributions did they make in shaping you into the person you are today?

3. One of the themes in Don’s book fatherless that children grow up having this sense that they are a burden. How do you think that believe affects a child’s development?

4. How does the notion of God fathering you strike you? As you imagine being parented by God, what kind of a par see more

About the Author

Donald Miller
Photograph © Jeremy Cowart

Donald Miller

In 2005 Donald Miller started The Mentoring Project, an organization that helps churches start mentoring programs and pairs mentors with boys in need. Don’s work with the fatherless led the Obama administration to invite him onto the president's task force on fatherlessness and mentoring. Donald is the director of The Burnside Writers Collective, an online magazine. He is a frequent speaker, appearing at events such as the Women of Faith Conference, The Democratic National Convention, and Harvard University. He still lives in Portland, Oregon with his dog Lucy

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