Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood

Dear Dad

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.

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3 responses to “Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood”

  1. rashida says:

    This story brought tears to my eyes…because our Father completes us.

  2. John Fountain,

    I truly enjoyed your interview. I have completed a book of photographs that will be published next year by GFT publishing. The book is entitled: FATHERHOOD: American Stories with a foreword by Juan Williams and an essay by David Travis and Dr. Shipra Parikh. Please contact me.

    Lewis Kostiner
    Faculty: School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Photography Department

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