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"There are times when I feel like the title 'father' is the worst name God could have given Himself. What a stupid idea, when 'father' means rejection in my world." —Excerpt from a troubled teen's letter to Doug Stringer By the late 1980s, God began to give Doug Stringer insight regarding the state of our nation and the daily problems his ministry saw as it reached out to young people struggling with drugs, alcohol, abortion, prostitution, apathy, and other issues. The root and source of all these issues suddenly became clear: America is a nation devoid of fathers, both natural and spiritual. We are an orphaned nation with broken and dysfunctional families, a society of individuals in search of identity. Now, almost thirty years later, we have a "double generation" of fatherlessness—orphaned parents raising orphaned children. Even people with good fathers suffer from the widespread effects that fatherlessness has on our culture and our world.

Doug illustrates the heart of God and gives the reader a clear path to the affirmation, acceptance, and approval of a father. He draws from his own struggle with fatherlessness and the struggle of others to offer insight into the power of God, including:

The answer to the problem of fatherlessness in our nation
The importance of spiritual fathers in the church
How to be a spiritual father
How to find a spiritual father
God's heart for reconciliation between generations
The power that is unleashed with generations work together
How to overcome broken trust and learn to trust again.

The church is only now awaking to the heart cry of a generation that has been abandoned and left to its own devices. Doug Stringer believes that God is ready to release a multigenerational anointing, calling forth generations of churches and nations to come back to their Abba Father.


Doug Stringer is founder and president of Turning Point Ministries International, which birthed an international movement known as Somebody Cares, a network of organizations impacting their communities through unified grassroots efforts. A licensed pastoral counselor and ordained minister, Doug holds a Ph.D. in leadership and human development from Logos University, along with a pastoral certificate in practical ministry from Regent University. Doug's previous books include It's Time to Cross the Jordan, The Fatherless Generation, Somebody Cares, and Born to Die. He has been published in numerous magazines and websites including Houston Chronicle, New Man, Charisma, Decision Magazine, Christian Single, and As an Asian–American, Doug is considered a bridge–builder and ambassador of reconciliation among various ethnic and religious groups. From police departments, to congressmen, to international government officials, Doug shares a key concept: Working together, we can be more effective in our community efforts.

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This book is Doug Stringer’s account of how he and several organizations seek to provide a father figure to troubled youth.  It is the heart cry of a lost generation of children.


The author uses several chapters to describe the problem of today’s youth.  There are many fathers missing from their families and those kids seem to be like a ship without a rudder.


Mr. Stringer presents which people, churches, and organizations are addressing the problem.  It’s a long process (one at a time), but it has been quite successful.  I recommend this book to everyone who has a heart for kids.


I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review which is also posted on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites. 

I have heard a lot about this author. Growing up in Houston myself, I remember when Somebody Cares was started. Mr. Stringer has a big heart for the youth and the program is helpful in mentoring youth that are at-risk. It is a much needed program and has been very successful .

Many children grow up with fathers and that void is felt everyday by them. God wants to be the Abba-Father to us. He wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him. The book is very intense at times, but written with such grace and compassion that I at times cried. We have forgotten who our Heavenly Father is. When you are little and are rejected by your father, that hurt carries over into adulthood. What is it like to know that you were never wanted as a child? How does it feel to know that you are not protected or loved? Those feelings can cause you to grow up and not trust anyone. God wants you to know that He is your Heavenly Father and He was always there when you cried yourself to sleep.

The book is very well written and touches on subjects like "How to be a spiritual father and find a spiritual father." I especially liked the chapter about broken trust. Many of us have experienced the rejection by one or both of our parents. That hurt is deep and hard to overcome. God is there to heal our broken hearts, restore relationships and learn to trust again. It is comforting to know that , "He will never leave us or forsake us."

I have been so encouraged by this book. It has helped me to release some pain from my childhood and try to understand why my parents were the way they were. I'm glad that my Heavenly Father loves me unconditionally .

"God waits with open arms for His prodigals to return, and He has sent His Son to find the lost. Are you willing to go the extra mile and join Him?"

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed this in-depth book about the state of fatherlessness in our nation. Not just the absence of earthly fathers, but also how we relate to our Heavenly Father.

We all suffer as  a nation from the absence of fathers in homes and from the fathers who are there but absent emotionally.

This has a negative effect on our families, neighbors, churches, schools, and our relationships or lack there of, with God our Father.

This is a wake up call for our time. We as God's children are called to step up and be the fathers to the fatherless and be spiritual fathers to those who are spiritual orphans. We as a generation are called to bridge the differences between our generations and the next so they can move forward where we stop. This is the central theme of Doug Stringers book and ministry.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, it is much needed in the troubled times we live in.

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In Search of A Father’s Blessing is written by Doug Stringer. The author uses bible verses and statics to stress the importance of having a father figure in the family. He points out that in recent generations many families are having struggles as a result of not having a father in the home. The author also uses incidents in his personal life in this book. Doug is the son of a divorced couple. His father and step father were Vietnam Veterans who turned to alcohol. His father was not there for him very often as a result of his military career.

When Doug’s father was dying, Doug often found reasons not to visit him. Doug reference the song “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin at this point. This song is from my teen years and I see it so common in my adult life. Many times fathers are so caught up in their careers and providing for the family, that they do not take time for their children. And as the children grow up and leave home, the father now has time for them, but the children are busy with their lives and don’t have time for their father.

This is a good book. I did not always agree with the stereo typing the author did of fatherless families as I know a lot of single parens who have done a wonderful job raising children who become responsible loving adult. I did however, appreciate the second and third parts of the book. The one part in the book that really stands out to me is taken from On the Edge of Eternity. “It’s time for the children to come forth, and we must give them strength. It’s time for the church’s rebirth, and we must persevere through the delivery!

God’s intended purpose is to being a great awakening to and through this generation. We must awaken from slumber and heed the Lord’s call for our nation and the world in this crucial hour.

The bottom line is this: God is doing something! We don’t need to fear what is happening but embrace it and take is one bit at a time. We must be willing to go with the change. We need one another; we simply cannot do it alone. There is a treasure in this generation, and we must find it

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In Search of a Father's Blessing by Doug Stringer is a thought-provoking and inspirational book. The author believes "that at the core of every problem we experience as an individual, a generation, and even as a nation is disconnection from a father. It's an issue of breach, an issue of broken trust." Beginning with that premise he continues on to describe the generational differences and the need for multigenerational relationships. Relationships that mimic that of a Heavenly Father, relationships that actualize identity through affirmation, acceptance, and approval. Relationships that have the give and take of technical knowledge and skill of the youth with that of personal touch and face-to-face connection of the older generation. With scriptural references, quotes from spiritual leaders in the body of Christ and with examples from his own life and others, Stringer teaches readers about leadership. A leadership that guides, guards and governs by example, with a strong foundation built on Jesus Christ and is one characterized by servanthood and going the extra mile. The author writes with humility and urgency to help readers recognize the need to be intentional with their faith so as to bring revival to the younger generation and stand with them. The cry of all mankind is to know a father's love and Stringer reminds readers of God's desire to adopt us into His recognize that He knows us by name. In Search of a Father's Blessing is an encouraging and yet impelling book that urges believers to know Who their Daddy is!
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"In Search of a Father's Blessing, The Cry of a Lost Generation" by author Doug Stringer is a Christian Life/Religion/Relation book. This 159 page book is published by Whitaker House. On the cover is a silhouette of a father holding a son up in the air like they are playing.

In his book, Author Stringer tackles the issue of fatherlessness and its effects on society, individuals, and faith. He explores multigenerational differences and relationships. He stresses the importance of our Heavenly Father in his thought provoking, insightful book. It is well thought, written, and organized. The writing is clear and easy to understand.

Divided into three sections the book begins with "Part One: A Double Generation of Fatherlessness." This section has four chapters that are packed with biblical examples, stories, and scripture. In Chapter Four it explains that just like children with no father to guide, teach, or discipline them, people who neglect God follow a path of being rebellious and lawless.

Section Two is entitled "The Roles of Mommies and Daddies" and has five chapters. With chapter headings "Leading By Example" and "Honor and Blessing" the author tells readers that older people can help younger ones in many ways, even how to communicate face-to-face. In these chapters he also deals with worshipping, standards and standard bearers, and being called by God.

The final section is "My Daddy Rocks!" and has four chapters that discuss the Father of all nations, our inheritance, being adopted into the family of God, redemption, and prayer. There book ends with an Addendum that is positively touching and then information "about the author".

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but it was very moving. It was a frank yet humble book that discusses how now more than ever Christians need to be leaders. We need to help the younger generation and lead them to our Heavenly Father. We need to be mentors, leaders, and examples for them. The book is biblically based with scripture listed throughout. Author Stringer uses personal examples and stories from others as well as quotes from leaders to emphasize his points.

I believe any Christian would benefit from reading this book. If you need help with your Walk, this will provide it. If you are okay in your Walk, this book will give you ideas to help others, honor and serve God. I definitely recommend this moving book. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. A copy of this book was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review. Reviews were posted on Amazon, B&N,, deepershopping,, and The Book Club Network.

I was interested in reading this book because I wanted to see the correlation Doug Stringer draws between the breakdown of the family unit and how the world is becoming harder to reach with the Gospel. I was not surprised by what he wrote but seeing everything pulled together in one coherent argument was quite convincing.

Stringer does a great job at giving the reader examples of what he’s talking about and how it can look in the world. Sometimes the examples are a bit much or too many at a time but it does help to make the points clearer than if he hadn’t used any. Overall, I would say it’s better to give too much support than too little.

His Biblical support is also well-done, and he backs up almost all of his statements with Scripture, either the reference or actually placing the quoted passage within his own text. It makes his argument more valid, in my opinion, and interestingly, even more coherent as the Bible helps to connect the dots between thoughts.

While I do not agree with many of the tenants of charismatic Christianity or of the emergent church movement, I do think Stringer has much to say that is important for all Christians to understand about the world we are trying to reach for Christ. Key is the realization that lack of an earthly father makes some people reluctant to trust the heavenly Father, or they quite simply don’t know how and need to be taught first.

I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network ( but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

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In Search of Father's Blessing - The Cry of a Lost Generation by Doug Stringer is a thought-provoking book.   It is an in-depth look into a major problem plaguing society today, that of father's missing from the home.  The author discusses the negative consequences of missing fathers, both natural and spiritual, on today's emerging generation.  He tells story after story of the struggles of the young people he has met through his ministries and the power that a father figure mentor has to influence and change their lives for the better.  It is also a challenge to the church at large to step up and be the mentor many of these young people desperately need in their lives today.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Whitaker House through The Book Club Network, Inc., in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to leave a positive review.   My review has been posted on Goodreads, Facebook, Books-A-Million, Kobo and Christian Book Distributors.  It will be posted on Deeper Shopping tomorrow.


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