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"Dad Time: Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood," by Max Lucado

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Max Lucado perfectly captures the heartfelt sentiments that millions of readers share on what it’s like to be a dad

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Max Lucado, popular pastor speaker and best-selling inspirational author's first book on fatherhood arrives just in time to celebrate Father's Day. The small gift size book draws on Lucado's personal memories and his vast collection of writings to illustrate lessons he learned as a father and lessons he learned from his own father.

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Titled Dad Time, "Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood," Lucado explores with his typical transparency "what it means to be a father who loves God and loves his family." In pages overflowing with inspirational quotes, perceptive scriptures and heartfelt stories he portrays what it's like to be a father.

He captures the moment he felt the full force of fatherhood when he realized he and his wife Denalyn were "in charge of a human being" named Jenna as he assumed the complete care of Jenna while Denalyn rested from C-section surgery. Perhaps that was the first time he recognized the responsibility of leading "by example and sowing eternal seeds" into Jenna's life.

Over in the ensuing years Lucado would learn "children are like wet cement. What is modeled for them imprints their character." Knowing how he acted as a father would forever impact and influence Jenna's life for eternity was a sobering thought. However, even with all the problems and pitfalls of raising a child Lucado also knew there was "no greater privilege" than to be a father.

Just as an anonymous quote summed up what Lucado thought about his own father, "The greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad!" he wanted Jenna and any future children to feel the same way about him. From what I've read about Lucado's life, his daughters feel their dad is God's gift to them.

Lucado's timeless message on fatherhood is an excellent choice for Father's day, birthdays or for sharing paternal feelings with a loved one you look on as a father.

"Dad Time: Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood," by Max Lucado, Thomas Nelson, 2014, 176 Pages, 978-0529111661, $12.99

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