I’m reading a book called Bringing up Girls by Dr. James Dobson. I’m learning so much more from this book than about simply being the father of a daughter and how to relate to her. I’m also learning (a little too late) how to relate to adult women.
While it seems like such a colossal waste of time to read this book given the reality of divorce and that my own daughter lives a thousand miles away with her mother, I’m still finding the book fascinating on so many levels.
I can see the value in this book particularly for guys who aren’t married but may soon be. I’ve not read many of Dobson’s books, so it’s hard to compare. Nevertheless, this is one of those books that I’d put on a “must-read” list for guys seriously trying to get it right in their marriages and as fathers of daughters. The book not only includes Dr. Dobson’s own clinical experiences and interviews over the years as it relates to the feminine psyche and experience, but he includes a treasure trove of valuable information from scientific medical research.
Most urgent in this book is the warning about our culture and how it forever shapes our lives. Ephesians 6 talks about the spiritual battle that seeks our souls; here Dobson talks about the cultural battles that seeks the lives of our children and how parents (particularly dads) are so vital in protecting our daughters by giving them the tools to fight the war for their lives and souls.
Sadly, divorce has ripped at the very fabric of the family and, as a result, has given more than a foothold to the satanic forces of militant homosexuality, feminism and the general cultural rot that has come through the religion of moral relativism.
The subtitle of the book reads: “Practical advice and encouragement for those shaping the next generation of women.” While it may not be very encouraging to read about the cultural rot and decay here in America, the practicality of this book (at least for the nuclear family) is excellent. I highly recommend it.