John W. Fountain, a Roosevelt University journalism professor and weekly Chicago Sun-Times columnist, has published a new book about fathers and fatherhood. This book is a compilation of true stories written by journalists and writers about their relationships with their fathers, or lack thereof, and fatherhood in general.
Inspired by Fountain’s essay for National Public Radio’s This I Believe series, Dear Dad takes a look at the impact of fatherlessness and fatherhood, through the tales of 15 other writers, including Fountain himself, who grew up fatherless on Chicago’s West Side.
According to the publisher, WestSide Press:
“Dear Dad is also the story of paternal reconnection, reconciliation, redemption, and revelation; of healing, and grace. It is for everyone who longs to make peace with a father a gift to all good fathers past, present, and future, and sealed with a prayer for them all, embraced by two simple words: Dear Dad.
Dear Dad is a story of remarkable human spirit; of forgiveness, fortitude, faith, and fatherhood.”
What is your relationship like with your father? What are your thoughts about fatherhood? Please post your comments below.