I won’t lie; I’m pretty new to the role of being a father, but I can already see the need step up my involvement in my son’s life. He just turned two a couple of weeks ago and we had an awesome birthday party for him. As his party approached, I thought about some little things or gifts I would want to give him. Sure, he might not remember them. Would they get thrown into the rest of the mess of his toys and stuff? Yes! But even with that in mind I wanted to give him something from me, his father.
Right before his birthday, I got a notification from a powerful movement of men “FivestarMan“. Neil Kennedy is an author and speaker for the movement there and he was releasing a brand new book titled “Speaking the Father’s Blessing”. I have read many blog articles written by him and also have had the pleasure of loading them onto the Man Up App.
Not only was I interested in what the book was about, I liked the idea of learning how to bless my son. Blessing my son is a special opportunity and responsibility given to me and it’s up to me to do it. I decided to learn more about the book.
I have had the pleasure of reading this book for the last few weeks and look forward to many more great lessons to learn and apply in my own journey of fatherhood this year. Here are 6 reasons why you need to start reading, “Speaking the Father’s Blessing”.
1) Powerful Usage of the Scriptures in All of the Chapters
In becoming a father I have really come to appreciate Gods words to Jesus after he was baptized in Mathew 3, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” His words may have been few, but they were powerful and affirming. As fathers, we need to follow this example and the many others that are presented in each chapter of the book. Use those exact words from the verse or find your own, but know that God has given you the responsibility to bless your children and often.
2) It Will Cause You to Review Yourself and Take Immediate Action
After only two chapters, I already had about ten areas I needed to review in my own way of fathering to my son. Am I truly raising him? Am I really directing him? What have I done to bless him lately or at all? In a way, I have to put myself in a tough spot, but it’s exactly what needs to happen. Each chapter, sometimes each paragraph, causes you to consider your actions and review yourself. In doing so, you will know where you need to make some changes and take immediate action.
3) Learn From a Man That’s Been There
There are a lot of books out there and a lot of blogs, but it can be hard to find anything really credible. All you have to do is take some time to read the FivestarMan Blog archives or read the first two chapters of this book (which is free and you can get them right here), and you will know that Neil is a man that has experienced fatherhood to the fullest and is beyond qualified to offer this advice. Look at it this way, you can either learn the hard way by doing nothing or you can take the mature path and learn from a father that has already been there. I will choose wisdom over chance any day.
4) Chapters Are to The Point & Easy to Read
After having the pleasure of reading numerous books from Men on the topic of fatherhood and manhood, I’ve learned the value of easy and to-the-point reading. Mainly, because it’s the way I like to write, but it also makes it very manageable to understand and knock out at least a little of the book a day. Another great way to approach this book is to use it as a tool. With over 52 blessings, it’s easy to scroll through and land on topics that might be more relevant to you and your situation.
5) Establish a Legacy
Your children are your legacy! Neil states early in the book that if you don’t take the time to teach, disciple and bless; then the world will form it’s own versions in the minds of your children. You need to step back from your busy schedule and your own need for validation, and take the time to establish your legacy. Establish it the way you think it should be done. Establish it according to the truths written in the scriptures and those that have gone before you. Don’t assume for one more day that your blessings don’t matter!
6) Recognize The Need and Recommend to Others
It’s exactly what I’m doing right now with this article. I for one want to be the best father I can be to my son. And as I learn how to do that, I see the deep need of other men needing to know how to bless, teach and encourage their children. I urge you to join myself, and thousands of other men, in learning how to truly speak blessings over your children; and as you do, give them this book or recommend it. Live it out in front of everyone, everyday.
You can learn even more about “Speaking the Father’s Blessing” here and find out where to purchase it today.
Share one way you speak the Fathers Blessings over your child or children.