by Douglas Wilson
Wilson has done us all a great service. This was a phenomenal presentation of biblical reasons for men to be...drum roll, please...men.
Wilson makes it clear what that means: in short, to be wildly generous. This generosity includes generosity of strength, providing firmness, solidity, boundaries, obstacles, memorials. But this generosity is first and foremost, flat-out giving: radical sacrifice, bleeding one's life out, for others.
Where this generosity is absent, it creates problems. Indeed, many (most?) of the problems America faces are the result of fathers failing to do what they are to do.
Wilson pours theological footings and also nails on practical advice, and everything in between (maybe especially plumbing and electricity--while we're on this metaphor).
Listen friend: I'm going to go and buy a case of these. Not only does Wilson do a great job laying out the problems, the real problems, the solutions, and tips'n'tricks, he does it with...well, with what can only be described as "verve."
*Verve: the spirit and enthusiasm animating artistic composition or performance.*
That's Wilson alright! His prose leaps off the page; when he wants to smack you, he smacks you. But half the time he gets you laughing first. It was a joy to read and I could hardly put it down. I'm practically a professional book-putter-downer, but not this one.