Logan Gentry recently reviewed Eric Mason’s new book Manhood Restored on this site, and we are excited about Mason’s book reaching a new and hopefully diverse group of men. Over at The Gospel Coalition, Trevin Wax interviewed him about his new book, “daddy deprivation,” cultivating a worldview, and sexuality. Here’s a snippet:
Trevin Wax: You write about the impact of daddy deprivation. What do you mean by this and why is it so important?
Eric Mason: In the book Fatherless America, David Blankenhorn talks about the category of fatherlessness. Fatherlessness can go all the way from a guy who’s home, he has his family, he works, he provides but he is emotionally, intellectually absent. That’s fatherlessness because there is no active ministry of presence. But then all the way up to the person who abandons their children or had sex with a woman and kind of rolled out on he,r and the kids never knew who their dad was and they grew up without a father.
In our own church, Epiphany Fellowship, we’ve got white men, Asian men, Latino men, black men, different types of African, Caribbean, men, people from overseas. I hear many stories from different people about the formation of family. Daddy deprivation is a consistent issue in biblical manhood that needs to be engaged. It’s systemic because fathers were given the theological and spiritual responsibility to lead. In Proverbs, we see the leading of the family along with a mother who is an instructor as well, but the husband takes the visionary leadership in instructing the family.
The gospel restores fatherhood by God giving Himself back to us through the restoring work of Jesus Christ. I’m in a neighborhood where there is a 90 percent single parent home rate. So I feel it a lot more overtly than most.
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