Faith of a Father describes the soul-searching questions that my life and all its pain, sorrow, confusion, deliberation, attempts to compromise, decisions, and rejections could conjure up.
This is a wonderful narration, written in a delightful conversational style. . . . With every page, I empathized with Frank and saw myself more clearly. By the end of the book, the resolutions to his conflicts of faith were perfect for me as well. I felt closer than ever to God and to Jesus.
In his book, Frank is writing much more than an autobiography. As an experienced and godly mentor, he’s laying out a pathway to inner healing and maturity from a background of dysfunction. His book is a powerful combination of transparency, honesty, integrity, and insight. It is presented with understanding, wisdom, compassion, grace, and spirituality. Frank leaves us with the same strategy, message, and hope expressed by the apostle Paul: “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Phil. 4:9 ESV).
With gripping honesty, Frank explains the weave of the trauma of his youth and his quest for truth. Faith and the narrative of Christ surface as true, good, and beautiful. Rarely does someone write with such clarity and vulnerability. Tears came to my eyes many times as I read—tears of sorrow and of joy. Readers will be inspired to dive more deeply into their own story and emboldened to wrestle intelligently against fallacious and faithless theologies. Frank’s vulnerability is a gift—to his family . . . and his readership.
His is a journey that challenges us to live in the tension of the brokenness in our world while embracing the power of resurrection hope. Frank allows us to experience that hope through his deeply personal journey.
I generally have an iron-clad rule to not read any “real-life stuff” about suffering, death, or anything too heavy. I can watch the news if I want to be depressed. However, I am extremely glad that I made an exception to read Faith of a Father. Frank not only gave my thoughts a voice . . . he made them make sense.
Frank, Faith of a Father is a breath of fresh air in contemporary writing on faith and self-understanding. As I read your story, I found, at least in part, that I was also reading my own. And, as I found my story, I also found insight into who I am and how I think. Thank you for having the courage to write it and share it with us.
Working in men’s ministry, not as a professional but as a lay person, it is often a challenge to drive home to men the core need for a personal, vibrant relationship with Christ. . . . It has been shown in many studies that if one wishes to lead families—children in particular—to faith in Christ, the dad is the way to get there. Men—read Frank’s story, find your voice, and share your journey to faith as he has.
Faith of a Father is a thoughtful, penetrating memoir of a reflective professional counselor who suffered traumatic childhood abuse and struggled to understand truth and God in a world that did not seem to make sense. Barbehenn skillfully brings us along step-by-step in his honest search for truth, at any cost, that will enable him to make sense of his ongoing pain. Written as a letter to his grown daughter, it illustrates how he comes to peace, joy, and hope at the end. I smiled and wept and marveled at the grace of God in Christ.