Steve Farrar, in his bold book entitled King Me, challenges fathers to observe Israel’s biblical kings. The author cleverly parallels the kings of old with certain modern fathers. His conclusion: today’s dads are deadbeats. In fact, out of numerous rulers, King David was the only godly mentor. However, this was after David neglected his first child. He finally realized he was “building kingdoms instead of sons” (p. 34). Today, many fathers are building their businesses and themselves instead of their sons. Throughout King Me, Farrar is passionate about his goal to reverse this trend.
Surprisingly, the same parental problems Americans face today also occurred in ancient Israel. Farrar believes current fathers can learn from others’ past failures. He combines pop-culture, creative stories, and strong biblical illustrations to educate his reader. Even though Farrar has written ten other books and is the founder and chairman of Men’s Leadership Ministries, he never appears overconfident. He readily admits his own faults, displaying humility and compassion.
King Me is an urgent cry for fathers to “love God deeply” and to “teach their sons diligently” (p. 27-28). These declarations are Farrar’s ground rules for godly fatherhood, yet, these words are not his own. All of the author’s points are efficiently reinforced by Scripture. This fact establishes credibility for the author’s words, which is vital for Christian readers.
Steve Farrar is desperate. With each page the author pleads with fathers to examine their lives. His enthusiasm is evident throughout King Me and should encourage and motivate any man. In addition, even though the situation of deadbeat fathers is serious, Farrar presents a genuine sense of hope that is exemplified in his testimony and, moreover, in examples of God’s forgiveness.
There are countless books that speak to fathers about mentoring and crafting their sons into godly men. Therefore, King Me occasionally feels redundant and imitative. Steve Farrar’s tone and passion, however, are unique. The book contains a rare, natural flow for a nonfiction book, and the premeditated resolve is clear. Any father, from deadbeat to committed, will close this book with a personal order from Farrar: “Build sons so that they may build their sons” (p. 245). -- Jason Eberly, Christian Book Previews.com
Using kings of the Old Testament as character studies, Steve Farrar examines the critical role a father plays in preparing his son to become a godly man. What separated the good kings from the bad kings was a father who made time commitments to mentor his son, by modeling biblical manhood. Do you want your son to become a man of regal character? Then this book is for you!