“Father Hunger” by Doug Wilson book review

I requested this book from BookSneeze as a result of hearing Doug Wilson speak at a Desiring God event. I had not heard of him before and thought he had some interesting things to say. This book picked up some of the themes from the Desiring God event. Wilson pulls no punches and he has some strong opinions on Christian education. He does make some interesting points with biblical justification about how God created men to protect and provide. These are especially poignant themes considering how confused American culture is in relation to gender roles. Wilson points out that men protecting and providing for their families has nothing to do with sexism or chauvinism, but rather is by divine design.

As I consider what I see in a local church setting, I notice that the gender role confusion has fully infiltrated the church. Wilson does mention early on in the book that the answer to this problem is not to have a calendar full of church services/events designed to promote fatherhood. Rather, men must teach men in everyday life how to function biblically as fathers and husbands. Wilson also suggests that such confusion can be rectified by reading books such as Father Hunger (he also provides a larger list of other resources not written personally by him). I believe that it was very wise of the author to mention that the answer to fixing gender role confusion is not to revert to a 1950’s and 1960’s American cultural model of masculinity, but rather to return to a biblical model of masculinity. It has been an all too common refrain heard in local church gatherings of a need to return to the glory days of the 1950’s and 1960’s. As Wilson points out, this is not the answer.

There are some opinionated statements made by the author that I believe are not black and white biblical issues, but rather personal convictions held by Wilson. There is nothing wrong with having personal convictions, therefore, I won’t make it more of an issue by listing them. I definitely believe that there are some thought provoking issues raised by this book, and I would recommend it to men.


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