"There are times when I feel like the title 'father' is the worst name
God could have given Himself. What a stupid idea, when 'father' means
rejection in my world."
—Excerpt from a troubled teen's letter to Doug Stringer
the late 1980s, God began to give Doug Stringer insight regarding the
state of our nation and the daily problems his ministry saw as it
reached out to young people struggling with drugs, alcohol, abortion,
prostitution, apathy, and other issues. The root and source of all these
issues suddenly became clear: America is a nation devoid of fathers,
both natural and spiritual. We are an orphaned nation with broken and
dysfunctional families, a society of individuals in search of identity.
Now, almost thirty years later, we have a "double generation" of
fatherlessness—orphaned parents raising orphaned children. Even people
with good fathers suffer from the widespread effects that fatherlessness
has on our culture and our world.
Doug illustrates the heart
of God and gives the reader a clear path to the affirmation, acceptance,
and approval of a father. He draws from his own struggle with
fatherlessness and the struggle of others to offer insight into the
power of God, including:
The answer to the problem of fatherlessness in our nation
The importance of spiritual fathers in the church
How to be a spiritual father
How to find a spiritual father
God's heart for reconciliation between generations
The power that is unleashed with generations work together
How to overcome broken trust and learn to trust again.
church is only now awaking to the heart cry of a generation that has
been abandoned and left to its own devices. Doug Stringer believes that
God is ready to release a multigenerational anointing, calling forth
generations of churches and nations to come back to their Abba Father.