June 28, 2010 --
Georgene Rice of KPDQ-FM talks with Donald Miller, author of Father Fiction: Chapters for a Fatherless Generation. He provides practical advice for anybody whose dad may not have been around, either physically or emotionally. The book raises awareness of America’s fatherlessness epidemic. He describes what it is like to grow up without a dad, struggling with what it means to be a man. He provides practical advice for readers of any age to avoid the mistakes that hold people back when dealing with subjects such as dating and friendships.
Georgene: This is a tough book to read, but one of my favorites because it is so personal for you in sharing what it was like to grow up without a dad in your own life. Why write such a personal account?
Donald: There are millions who have also had a dad who was absent or neglectful emotionally. I wanted people to identify with that and people can’t identify with you unless you tell the truth, which means being vulnerable and open. But, this has also been my funniest book. I try to bring in a lot of humor to lighten what some of us know is a pretty dark world.
Georgene: Today, in sitcoms, they often project dads as buffoons and not really essential. Why was growing up without a dad so important to you?
Donald: You’ve brought up a very good point. I think there are a lot of dads today who, themselves, think they are expendable and really not that important in the lives of their children. But, that is not what psychologists show at all. Dads are enormously impactful on their kids. When a dad says to their child “I love you” or “great job” they could have make the greatest impact on a human being they will make in their entire life.
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