Book Review: Stark Raving Dad

Stark Raving Dad by Dave Meurer

I got this book last Christmas from my sister. I can’t believe it took me so long to start reading it! Once I got started, I devoured it.

This is one of the best books on fatherhood I’ve read. It made me laugh a lot, but it’s not primarily humorous. The heart of the book is not a fond recollection of touching incidents that happened while raising his boys. It’s a guide to being a dad.

Meurer touches on dumb advice from parenting “experts”, the “mix of euphoria and wistfulness” you get watching your kids grow up, and a dad’s loss of “coolness”. He discuss the irrational worrying of a father for his kids’ safety, how you can do everything right and still “lose” your kids, spiritually speaking, and how your kids watch and imitate you. He focusses on how, through it all, we’re called to faith – not faith that things will turn out well, or faith in a specific outcome, but faith in a specific person, namely, God.

When I first started reading this book, I expected to give it away after I was done. Fifteen pages later I was having second thoughts. Another eighteen pages and it had earned a place on my bookshelf forever.

I loved this book and I recommend it for every dad.

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