fatherless generation [group blogging project]

Written by Dan King

Christ-follower. husband. father. author of the unlikely missionary: from pew-warmer to poverty-fighter. co-author of activist faith: from him and for him. school of ministry and missions instructor. president of fistbump media, llc.

March 14, 2011

The #icorphan fire hose blasted me (and several others) with many life-changing stories and truckloads of personally challenging information. And even a couple of weeks later, one thing that stands out in my mind is the effect that fatherlessness has on children. The truth is that many of our biggest societal problems have their root in the absenteeism of a worthwhile father figure.

I’m really excited about this next group blogging project. This isn’t about simply working out our own feelings, but more so about fixing some of our culture’s deepest issues. Check out the description of Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story by John Sowers:

What happens when givers of life give a lifetime of tears?

The story of fatherlessness is written into the heart of our generation. It is heard in our songs, seen in our movies, read in our blogs. It is a story of shame, loneliness, and rejection. A story of missed potential and wasted opportunity. A story that desperately needs to be heard.

But fatherlessness is more than a personal tragedy. It is a growing epidemic. Fatherlessness is a driving force behind gangs, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, and suicide. And all too often, the fatherless are either marginalized or ignored.

Weaving in his own experience of fatherlessness, Dr. Sowers eloquently presents the desperate reality of fatherlessness in our culture and how awareness and compassion offer a solution of hope—a hope that will write new stories for generations to come.

And and we have an incredible team leading us through discussion on this book:

  • Jeremy Carnes – Blogger at Unconformed: Transformed
  • Kevin DeShazo (@kevindeshazo) – Blogger at dadlife.net
  • Seth Haines (@sethhaines) – Blogger at Seth Haines …a collective
  • Brent Kelly
  • Crystal Matherne (@MrsMath)
  • Elora Ramirez (@eloranicole) – Blogger at eloranicole.com
  • Crystal Rowe (@soulmunchies) – Contributing Editor at BibleDude.net, and Blogger at Soul Munchies
  • Julia Swodeck (@juliakate) – Blogger at Tither of Innovation

And here’s our posting schedule:

Introduction (Crystal Rowe)

Chapter 1: Somewhere I Belong (Seth Haines)
Chapter 2: Haunted Houses (Jeremy Carnes)
Chapter 3: Midnight Sons and Daughters (Kevin DeShazo)
Chapter 4: The Fatherless Gang (Julia Swodeck)
Chapter 5: Forgotten Fairy Tales (Crystal Matherne)
Chapter 6: Running to Stand Still (Elora Ramirez)

Chapter 7: Returning the Favor (Kevin DeShazo)
Chapter 8: Belonging to God (Seth Haines)
Chapter 9: Father to the Fatherless (Julia Swodeck)
Chapter 10: Of Musth Cycles and Mentoring (Brent Kelly)
Chapter 11: Anatomy of a Mentor (Crystal Matherne)
Chapter 12: In Search of a Name (Jeremy Carnes)
Chapter 13: Sustainable Communities (Brent Kelly)
Chapter 14: Redeeming the Story (Elora Ramirez)

Author’s Closing Thoughts (John Sowers)

So stay tuned for some great discussion, and please feel free to jump into the comments and share your thoughts! In the meantime, here are a few things that you can do right now…

  • Buy the book. It’ll be a much better experience for you if you follow along in your own copy of the book.
  • Subscribe to updates. Get the latest posts in this series in your email inbox or favorite feed reader. This is the best way to keep up with everything!
  • Tweet it up! Follow @bibledude and retweet updates from this event. If you want to share your own tweets, make sure that you use the #fatherlessgen hashtag.


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  1. [fatherless generation] introduction : BibleDude.net - [...] why I’m so excited about this group blogging project. It’s about helping fatherless children find their voice. It’s about…
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  3. Guest Post: Crystal Rowe re: Fatherless Generation | Fatherless Generation - [...] why I’m so excited about this group blogging project. It’s about helping fatherless children find their voice. It’s about acting…
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  5. [fatherless generation] chapter 2: haunted houses : BibleDude.net - [...] to the questions that arise from the haunting of their memories, or lack thereof, of their fathers. FOLLOW THE…
  6. [fatherless generation] chapter 3: midnight sons and daughters : BibleDude.net - [...] on me to show up every week to make sure he always believes he’s capable of that. FOLLOW THE…
  7. [the fatherless generation] chapter 4: the fatherless gang : BibleDude.net - [...] than of his absence. We abhor him in part because we do not know him.” David Blankenhorn FOLLOW THE…
  8. [fatherless generation] chapter 5: forgotten fairy tales : BibleDude.net - [...] I can tell Him anything and He listens with loving ears.  Jehovah Shama, The God who HEARS me. FOLLOW…
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  12. [fatherless generation] chapter 8: belonging to God : BibleDude.net - [...] for that, I extend many thanks. FOLLOW THE PROJECT | BUY THE [...]
  13. [the fatherless generation] chapter 9: father to the fatherless : BibleDude.net - [...] fatherless, but also to share with them my fathers and the love they have given so extravagantly. FOLLOW THE…
  14. [fatherless generation] chapter 10: of musth cycles and mentoring : BibleDude.net - [...]  YA! I Forgot about this … check out this video for a little more info on the musth cycle!…
  15. [fatherless generation] chapter 11: anatomy of a mentor : BibleDude.net - [...] I promise you God will be asking you this when you reach the Gates of Heaven. What will you…
  16. [fatherless generation] chapter 12: in search of a name : BibleDude.net - [...] is where we can lead them. Support leads to knowledge, knowledge to identity, identity to life. FOLLOW THE PROJECT…
  17. [fatherless generation] chapter 13: sustainable communities : BibleDude.net - [...] That is how God planned it. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. ~Proverbs 27:17 FOLLOW THE…
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  20. [fatherless generation] chapter 3: midnight sons and daughters by Kevin DeShazo – BibleDude.net - [...] on me to show up every week to make sure he always believes he’s capable of that. FOLLOW THE…
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fatherless generation [group blogging project]

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