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Monday, March 02, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Book Review: What He Must Be


What He Must Be by Voddie Baucham is a book directed at Christian fathers sounding a call for biblical intergenerational relationships. Too often fathers have abdicated their responsibility for the proper care and protection of their daughters and today our generation suffers the consequences with broken and weak families.

Voddie Baucham lays forth a biblical foundation for fathers preparing daughters and sons for marriage. He describes four characteristics of a biblical husband (Christian, Servant Leadership, Christian leadership, A commitment to children) and a call for Prophet/Priest/King modeling (which he splits into Protector/Provider to continue the alliteration).

All in all, it was a good book. It was an easy read, laying forth a biblical groundwork and interspersing it with facts and examples drawn from his ministry. Many books in the same field set up nice ideals, but often leave the reader wondering, "but how do I go about doing something like this?" Voddie Baucham fills the book with personal examples that can help fathers see, "yes, this is how that verse can be applied in this life."

One of my favorite parts of the book was his final chapter on building a godly man, where he encouraged fathers to actively be involved in the lives of the men of the church, maybe not privately grooming someone for their daughter but encouraging discipleship and mentorship, not only to build the kingdom, but to prepare men for ministry. I thought that was just a phenomenal chapter and a call that everyone needs to hear.

If there was a weakness to the book, I think it would be that it is too short. A guy can read the book and think, "yes, this is what I want to aspire to," but may not have much information on how to deal with a father that doesn't have a vision for a relationship with a prospective son-in-law. A girl can read this book and think that she wishes there was someone performing the duties of a father for her, but wonder how she is supposed to deal with her situation. I hope for a follow up book that can help people in such situations deal with such "corner cases."

Overall, good book. Would recommend for people who have daughters and sons, and people who aspire to having a godly dating (or courtship, whatever you call it) relationship.

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