In our society, we are programmed from a young age to think our parents are stupid. We see it on TV, in supermarkets, in our own homes. Father's have become totally insignificant to families. Mother's become the head of the household and children have become very unruly. In his book The 21-Day Dad's Challenge, Carey Casey gives father's the chance to make their role as head of the household and father more significant. Men will have a better relationship with their children. They will be looked up to instead of looked down upon.
Mr. Casey asked several famous and popular men to write a devotional for each day. Some of the contributors include: Tony Dungy, Randy Alcorn, Jim Daly, Dr. Gary Rosberg, and more. No matter how many children you have and what ages they are you will learn to connect with them on a Godly level. It only takes 21 days to complete this book. That's not even a month. I think our men and father's need to pick this book up and give it a try. What can it hurt? It can only better your relationship with your kids and strengthen the bond between father and child.
Each day begins with a personal story from each of the contributors about their relationship with their children or a funny event that has occured in their family. Then comes the "challenge" part. This is why it's called The 21-Day Dad's Challenge. The author asks the reader to try something new with their kids. Some of the suggestions may be fun and some may be serious. Some of them may take more thought and others are a no-brainer. After the challenge section, there is the "your plan" section. This is the part that may require some really deep thinking. Mr. Casey wants each reader to come up with personal goals as a father. At the end of each devotion, there is a paragraph about each of the contributors (depending on which one wrote that day's devotion).
One really neat aspect of this book that I have never seen before is the use of barcodes. I personally do not own a "smartphone". But my husband does and he thought this part of the book was exceptional, especially using technology to better your relationship with your little ones (or big ones). If you have a smartphone you download an app that can scan barcodes. Throughout the book there are pages with one of these barcodes on it that will give you a video to encourage and help you with that day's challenge. If you do not have a smartphone (like me) you can go to the website that is next to each barcode and it will give you the same video. I really liked this feature because a lot of dad's are on-the-go or at work and they can easily use their phones to watch a quick video to encourage them that day.
I would recommend this book to every dad wanting to have a better relationship with their kids. Who doesn't want that? This would make a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for and father. Father's are the foundation of the family (besides God). Without dad's, many families just aren't the same and I have seen it first-hand. Take the time to pick this up for a loved one that could benefit from reading this book and challenging themselves in the parenting department.
*This book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review. All opinions stated here are my own.*