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Bad Dads of the Bible 8 Mistakes Every Good Dad Can Avoid Book Review

Some of the most noted, celebrated and godly men in the Bible made some very big mistakes when it came to raising their children. Roland Warren, former President of the National Fatherhood Initiative, calls these errors “bad dad” mistakes. Bad Dads of the Bible examines these mistakes, brings them into a contemporary setting and gives today’s dads much needed advice on how to avoid them. Moreover, should a dad unfortunately make some of these common mistakes, this book will give him practical advice and an easy-to-follow roadmap to help him repair his relationships with his children before it’s too late.

As dads study the examples of the fatherhood legacies of men like Abraham, David and Eli, men who loved God deeply, they will learn from their missteps. More importantly, this book can serve as a clarion call for men to take action now to be the fathers that God designed them to be.

Each chapter includes Reflection, Correction and Connection sections at the end to help dads easily apply what they have read, as well as a “Good Dad Promise” to pave the way for future good parenting decisions.

My Thoughts:  
When I heard that Roland Warren, former president of the National Fatherhood Initiative had penned a book, I was excited.  I've seen him on television, read several of his articles in some of my favorite magazines and was sure his book would not disappoint.  It didn't.  Bad Dads of the Bible is well written and reminds readers that there is no "perfect parent". 

Warren identifies the 8 Mistakes Every Good Dad Can Avoid are as follows:
  • Bad Dad Mistake #1—David: He was paralyzed by his past failures
  • Bad Dad Mistake #2—Laban: He made his children compete for his affection
  • Bad Dad Mistake #3—Jacob: He turned a blind eye to sibling rivalry
  • Bad Dad Mistake #4—Saul: He made it difficult for his children to honor him
  • Bad Dad Mistake #5—Abraham: He abandoned his child
  • Bad Dad Mistake #6—Eli: He failed to discipline his children
  • Bad Dad Mistake #7—Manoah: He failed to tame his child's talents
  • Bad Dad Mistake #8—Lot: He pitched his family's tent near temptation 

Warren presents these "bad dads" as examples of what not to do and shares the legacy of the err of their ways.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Warren's work with the National Fatherhood Initiative, you'll be introduced to some startling statistics about fatherhood in the United States.  Yet rather than writing condescendingly about poor parenting, Warren illustrates ways to become a better father.  

Overall an excellent read.

Bad Dads of the Bible: 8 Mistakes Every Good Dad Can Avoid is available wherever Zondervan books are sold and may purchased online by clicking here.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Booksneeze for the opportunity to review this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. The thoughts expressed above are mine. Visit for the complete Disclosure Policy of Three Boys and an Old Lady blog.

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