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Faith @Home Dad

Faith @Home Dad

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Faith @Home Dad

63 pagine
57 minuti
Aug 12, 2019


This book is for all dads but especially for dads that are intimidated by the idea of having to be a spiritual influence and example to their children. Through personal stories, practical ideas and straight forward Biblical wisdom this small book packs a lot of punch as Pastor Mark does not hold back in speaking honestly and directly to dads about the impact they can and should be making in the lives of their children.
Aug 12, 2019

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Faith @Home Dad - Mark A. Holmen


Copyright © 2019 Mark A. Holmen.

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ISBN: 978-1-4834-1343-3 (sc)

ISBN: 978-1-4834-1489-8 (e)

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dedicate this resource to my dad, Arlen, who went to be with the Lord in the fall of 2005. Thanks, Dad, for being a focused faith-at-home dad who showed me how to enjoy living life as a Christian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I miss you lots and love you even more.

To find out more about Mark Holmen’s speaking engagements and to learn more about the Faith at Home movement, visit Mark is available to speak to pastors, parents and men’s groups. You can contact him at


This book is for all fathers, everywhere. But if you’re a brand-new dad or a soon-to-be dad, then congratulations! I have some great advice and encouragement that can make fatherhood a true joy from the very beginning and help you leave the kind of legacy you can be proud of.

I remember when I became a dad. We were in a birthing room of a hospital in Minnesota. I had come prepared. I had a boom box (this was before Spotify and Alexa!) with lots of music, playing cards, a video camera, a regular camera, snacks, bottled water, diet Coke and many things intended to serve as my wife’s focal point. I was ready! It was October 30, 1995. About 10:30 P.M., the pushing began. I was by my wife’s side every minute. Unfortunately, at 11:50, I made the big mistake of saying, Honey, push hard. We don’t want to have a baby born on Halloween. My wife gave me The Look, which said, Shut up unless you want to get down here and do this yourself!

In that moment, I learned an important lesson: Never give your wife advice while she’s in the last stages of labor.

At 12:13 A.M., October 31, Malyn Mae Holmen was born. Yes, we had a Halloween baby, and we nicknamed her Boo Boo. We have loved having birthday parties on October 31, so my fears of having a Halloween baby were unfounded.

When Malyn was born, the nurses instantly took her to the other side of the room to check her over. There I was, standing between my wife and my newborn. On one side, my wife was moaning in pain. On the other side, my daughter was screaming. I didn’t know which way to go. I had been a dad for only seconds and I already needed help. Thankfully, I heard the voice of the Lord, which sounded a lot like my wife’s voice, say, Go make sure Malyn is okay.

If you’re a new father and feeling even a little overwhelmed or concerned about being a dad, I understand. I’m not going to make you admit publicly that you have no clue or that you are scared to death about parenting a baby who will become a child and then a teenager, and eventually a young adult who may never move out of your house. However, I am going to be very direct with you. When my dad had something serious to talk about, he would say, Mark, let’s talk man-to-man for a minute. In this booklet I intend to talk man-to-man with you. No holding punches. No wives around. I simply want to be ruthlessly honest about the most important thing you will do with your life in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

Who am I to offer you any advice? No one. How’s that for a selling point? In many ways I feel like Paul when he wrote in Ephesians 3:7-8: "I

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