The Bottom Line
- Don Miller has a great ability to create deep meaning in his writing that resonates with all men..
- The book has strong spiritual and value-based content.
- May be little too spiritually focused for the taste of some dads.
- To Own a Dragon helps committed fathers today to understand the importance of their role.
- The book has spiritual and value-based content,that helps men see deeper into their own experiences.
- Men who grew up without a father will not find excuses for poor behavior like other books.
- Fatherless men will feel challenged to overcome and find hope for healing.
Guide Review - To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing Up Without a Father
To Own a Dragon is more than Don Miller's personal journey. Through the book he weaves into each experience and story the values of fatherhood. He talks about the importabt value of mentors in his life and at the same time recognizes that they are not fathers. His coauthor, John MacMurray, was one of those positive male mentors for Miller. But he also acknowledges others who tried but failed to be the male role model he needed growing up and he explores why and when mentoring works and doesn't.
Don also looks at and opens his readers' eyes to the values that fathers can bring to a young man and what is lost when those values aren't shared and passed on from one generation to the next. Values like spirituality, authority, manhood, decision making, and positive attitudes about sex and women.
And throughout the book, Miller weaves into the story his faith and his attitude toward God as a father--a father who epitomizes true manhood, caring and attention. To Own a Dragon is one man's journey from fatherlessness to wholeness, and is a great read for any man who wants to be a better dad, whatever his personal circumstances.