The following is adapted from the first chapter of God Distorted by John Bishop.
I know people who have incredibly blessed relationships with their fathers. But sadly, in my experience, they are the minority. Mostly I hear stories of people who feel abandoned, devalued, criticized, and unable to measure up. I have heard stories of horrible abuse and of dads who were there but never really “there.” Yet, as important as a dad is, many children in America and throughout Western civilization are living with- out a father, or they bear the scars of an abusive, demanding, uninvolved father. The statistics are frightening:
- 63 percent of youth suicide victims are from fatherless homes.
- 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
- 80 percent of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes.
- 71 percent of all high-school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
- Children living in two-parent households with a poor relationship with their father are 68 percent more likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs, compared to all teens in two-parent households.
- Children with fathers who are involved are 40 percent less likely to repeat a…