Like Father, Like Son by Pete Alwinson

Just for men: Learn how to recover and reclaim an intimate, growing relationship with their heavenly Father and live out of that identity in their particular calling as sons, fathers, brothers, friends in Pete Alwinsin’s Like Father, Like Son. Without knowing the Father’s love and acceptance, men are adrift looking for identity in imperfect relationships or cultural norms about manhood. But knowing God’s fatherly love changes everything. A man who is forgiven and accepted by his heavenly Father is free to become like him. Living out of the love of God the Father changes everything for his sons.

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{More about Like Father, Like Son}

Like Father, Like Son: How Knowing God as Father Changes Men (New Growth Press, November 2015)

Beyond trying to be a “real” man

What do men need in the twenty-first century? There are so many opinions–some think the answer is a masculine to-do list. Others give detailed directions on how to become a “real” man. Those things can be helpful, but do they get to the core of the identity issues that men are facing today? You can’t know who you are and who you are meant to be without knowing the love of your Father–that is, your Father in heaven. Without knowing the Father’s love and acceptance, men are adrift looking for identity in imperfect relationships or cultural norms about manhood. But knowing God’s fatherly love changes everything. A man who is forgiven and accepted by his heavenly Father is free to become like him. Living out of the love of God the Father changes everything for his sons.

Instead of telling men how to recover and reclaim their masculinity, Pete Alwinson invites men to recover and reclaim an intimate, growing relationship with their heavenly Father and live out of that identity in their particular calling as sons, fathers, brothers, friends. Using personal stories and anecdotes from his many years of men’s ministry, Pete shows men that the way forward in life and relationships is through their growing relationship with their heavenly Father.

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Pete Alwinson

{More About Pete Alwinson}

Pete Alwinson has been a youth pastor, solo pastor, church-planting pastor, and senior pastor for 30 years. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, teaching Communication and Theology of Ministry, and has written and spoken nationally for Man in the Mirror and Key Life Network. He has been married to Caron for 34 years, has two married sons and one college-aged daughter.

Find out more about Pete at http://www.keylife.org/authors/pete-alwinson.

Reviews

  • ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’ BY PETE ALWINSON {A REVIEW}

    This book, though well-written, is more than a little redundant, at least in my opinion. Mr. Alwinson didn’t say anything different in chapter 5 than he said in chapter 1. As I read I found myself getting frustrated because it had already been said.

    Mr. Alwinson did point out very well the importance of having a right relationship with God. He reiterated the importance of completely relying on God to help us parent. He showed us time and again the importance of fathers–and fathers who are present. He talked about different types of fathers and how they are (or should be) all rolled into one.

    Written by My Full Cup on December 12, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RMO4QU44QVQT6/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • REVIEW OF ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’

    This book is a must read for those young men whose fathers were not involved or very affectionate to them Pete shared about fathers not engaging in their sons lives leading a void in their heart. I know I am not a perfect person at all but I can say my oldest son suffers from this very much his dad always put his drinking and friends before his kids. My son in turn has led a hard life when he was younger I was a lot more lenient with him because his dad was not there. To try to engage his father I lived 30 minutes away but my son played baseball less than 10 min from his dad but yet his dad never came my son played little league football and middle school football as well as wrestling and his dad did not come to one single game or match. I know I seem to be getting off of the subject but even though I am a mom this book pretty much described what my son has gone through and where he needs to be.

    The chapters cover the character traits of God as a father. Traits such as God as the welcoming father, the identity-building father, the guiding father, and several others. This is the author’s first book, and is definitely one worth reading on this topic. I not only found it interesting and easy to read, but I also was helped and encouraged by it to view God more as a loving father instead of a demanding tyrant as I used to. He uses examples through the book to make some of his points that make the book even more interesting. I even found attributes in this book that I could put to use as a mother.

    Each chapter ends with a “take it to heart” section that has six questions for further thought and introspection.

    Written by Welcome to Our Crazy World on December 12, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1942572042?ref_=cm_cr-mr-title

  • PRAYING FOR MY HUSBAND AS MY CHILDREN’S FATHER

    I really did love the topics covered in this book – however I don’t know if I see a lot of men sitting down to read this book. I think this would be a great book for wives to read for this husbands (or children’s fathers) as a way to know how to pray for them. It would also be helpful to men who shepherd other men or counsel other men. Good use of Scripture.

    Written by kd316/kcreatives on December 11, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1VCFH4V3053YY/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1942572042

  • ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’ BY PETE ALWINSON

    Even though I am not a Father myself, I really appreciated this book and how it gentle encourages and challenges men to draw closer to the Lord and how that in turn will make them the best Father’s they can be. You can really tell that the author had spent years ministering to men and knows the unique struggles they face in this day in age. I love how he invites men to look towards God for their example of a wonderful Father and try to emulate him and not whatever standard the world has for a Father. This book would make a fabulous gift for any of the men in your lives,such a treasure! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on December 10, 2015

  • ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’ REVIEW

    This book does a great job of showing men how God is their father, and how to live their life with this knowledge. It guides men in how to become “a man,” and also guides them through being a father, and other life events and situations. Each chapter includes questions for more reflection and study. The book is fairly short, and can easily be read in just a couple of days. This would be a great addition to a men’s retreat or a men’s Bible study program. This is a great book to give to an expectant father, young father, any father or any man. I love how it really shows the importance of dads in their children’s lives!

    Written by Through the Open Window on December 9, 2015

  • REVIEW: ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’

    Any man will benefit from reading this book – whether you had a great relationship with your dad or a less-then-perfect one. This is not a “how to” book with goals that many men would struggle to live up to, but rather flows in a conversational style and draws from Pete’s experience in men’s ministry…I suspect there are many men out there who, based on personal experience, have a hard time relating to God as Father, believing that He truly loves them. Like Father, Like Son will encourage all men as they learn more of God’s Father nature and are able to be all that God intended for their children…Not only will all men find this book beneficial, but it would also be great for men’s ministry and Bible study/accountability groups.

    Written by The Power of Words on December 9, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R203652M9M3KN/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’

    This is an excellent book that shows the importance of fathers in the lives of the children, and how important it is to acknowledge God as your father. Using scripture, personal stories, and stories of men he has known, Pete Alwinson does a wonderful job of showing readers the importance of a father. I found this book easy to read and engaging, making me all the more thankful for both my earthly and heavenly fathers. Whether you read this book on your own or in a Bible study (I think it would be a great resource for a men’s Bible study), this book is an excellent reminder.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on December 8, 2015

  • ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’ BY PETE ALWINSON

    As someone who used to struggle a lot to believe God loved me, and still have a little difficulty with viewing God as my father; I was looking forward to reading this book. The author did a great job on writing a book about God being a father to we men.

    The chapters cover the character traits of God as a father. Traits such as God as the welcoming father, the identity-building father, the guiding father, and several others. This is the author’s first book, and is is definitely one worth reading on this topic. I not only found it interesting and easy to read, but I also was helped and encouraged by it to view God more as a loving father instead of a demanding tyrant as I used to. He uses examples through the book to make some of his points that make the book even more interesting,

    Each chapter ends with a “take it to heart” section that has six questions for further thought and introspection.

    This book is definitely written for men, and I highly recommend it to any guy whether or not he has trouble viewing God as a Father.

    Written by Thoughts of a Sojourner on December 5, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2Y95JNS36ICDM/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • THE STRUGGLE TO BE A MAN

    Our life is all about a new adventure in seeing our heavenly father in everything! When a man embraces the fact that he is a special creation and image-bearer his core identity is strengthened realizing his great “incomparable worth and high status.”

    I highly recommend this outstanding book. Be prepared to find some great advice as a man and father in the areas of acceptance, approval, addictions, life adventure and more!

    Written by Not A Male Fail on December 5, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1B4ZK9DSPN0DB/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’ REVIEW

    He covers many qualities of God, such as: welcoming, identity-building, guiding, and grace-giving, among others. He goes through these scripturally, and then adds discussion questions to the end of each chapter to encourage deeper thinking.

    I enjoyed this book. It held a lot of good material. Some of it was not really new to me, but it still needs to be heard.

    Written by The Talbert Report on December 1, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RD1CKID6LWKY9/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’

    The author is thoroughly researched and I feel has had plenty of experience with these kind of things and can actually advise our husbands, fathers, and sons on the subject. A great gift idea this holiday season!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on November 30, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R109707M1CP5MM/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’ — PETE ALWINSON

    I have grown tired of all the “manly father” books that give me a list of things to do. I’m tired of them because when I do the list, I get prideful. And when I don’t do the list? Depression. Sadness. Guilt. Shame. Like Father, Like Son is not one of those books. It’s a book that tells you the very simple secret to fatherhood: knowing God. That’s the key to being a godly, albeit sinful, father: knowing God the Father. That’s what this book is about.

    Written by Amazing Grey City on November 30, 2015

  • ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’

    “We’re [men] not only to wield the plow but to bear the sword…To be a man is to stand up and be counted when there is danger or other evil.” —Richard Phillips

    Like Father, Like Son by Pete Alwinson is written by a Pastor who sees men as Warriors. A father can nurture, protect and prepare a young man for life’s adventures and adversities, feed his spiritual thirst and develop a Christian theme or completely destroy.

    This book interested me because my husband didn’t grow up with the most supportive father and found it difficult to raise our son. We’d visited many marriage programs and family services that catered to both my husband and son as focus, but nothing every got through. This book…

    Written by Books! Books! Books! on November 30, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Like-Father-Son-Knowing-Changes/dp/1942572042/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1448896450&sr=1-1&keywords=like+father+like+son+pete+alwinson

  • ‘LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON’

    Alwinson’s first pages are much like the first pages of other books I have come across…”tell me about your father.” That stung for me personally. Having grown up with a father that wasn’t there when I needed him (he was there sometimes, but he was gone way more often than he was present, and I only remember celebrating one birthday with him) and a stepfather that didn’t understand me (I’m not a buff, gruff, mechanical mind – more of an indoors, techy, soft hands kind of man), I felt like those being counseled by Alwinson. The fact is that not having a father figure can make it quite difficult to be father one day. What do you go off of? Alwinson’s solution, and the one I had to ultimately accept in order to survive as long as I have?

    Written by Reviews by J on November 29, 2015
    Read my full review: http://scriptedgenius.com/amazonreviews

  • DISCOVER WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST!

    I would recommend this life changing book to any men especially to those who didn’t have a very affection father and they are ready to seek their Heavenly Father. This book taught me a lot about my identity in Christ and how God has blessed us with every spiritual blessings. God has already forgiven us for all our sins and He sent His only Son to die where we could one day live forever with our loving Creator. This also means we don’t have to live with a performance based mindset. We don’t have to live from approval from others, because God has already accepted us. This book has the potential to change reader’s lives and help them to know their Heavenly Father.

    Written by Andrew Smith’s Blog on November 27, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R23WKRHXO1E9OF/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1942572042