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To Own a Dragon: Reflections On Growing Up Without A Father [Paperback]

By Donald Miller (Author) & John MacMurray (Author)
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With his trademark humor and gut-level honesty, Donald Miller reveals his personal journey of redemption through the American crisis of fatherlessness.
It seems we humans carry the weight of our dad's shortcomings. I know?mine left when I was nine. Don writes with candid humor and unembarrassed honesty. He rips himself open. This book sings to those who have felt responsible for their father's demons. The truth is, our real Father is perfect in every way, especially in his love for us. Thanks Don and John. This book spoke to a place deep inside of me.?
?Jeff Foxworthy

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To Own a Dragon is Don Miller's retrospective on the challenges of growing up fatherless in his own life and the impact of mentors and surrogate fathers on fatherless young men. Miller's work is at the same time practical and deeply spiritual and reflective.


* 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.
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Item Specifications...

Studio: NavPress Publishing Group
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
ISBN  1576837319  
ISBN13  9781576837313  

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Donald Miller currently resides in Pittsburgh, in the state of Pennsylvania. Donald Miller was born in 1971.

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A Much Needed Read  Dec 13, 2008
I am 18 and grew up without a father and this book has done more for me than I can ever explain. Being a Christian and dealing with so many of the same issues as Donald Miller did, I found out a lot about myself throughout reading this. I was given this book by a friend and I recommend that anyone in a similar circumstance should defiantly read this book. A truly great book.
scratch your whiskers  Oct 4, 2008
I would rank this book 3rd out of the 4 books that Miller has written. It is still fabulous, but not as geared towards me as Through Painted Deserts and Searching for God Knows What. And I am anxiously awaiting the release of Let Story Guide You, which, contrary to our order sheets, has not come out yet, but that's not the point.

In this 192 page book Donald Miller and John MacMurray explore the spiritual significance of what it is like for a male to grow up without a Father figure. They then go on to explore Miller's personal experience of allowing God to become that fairy tale like figure in his life. Thus, the title of the book comes from Miller saying that having a father was like owning a dragon, "nothing more than a fairytale."

As usual Miller's writing style captivates the reader. The way in which he subtly draws his audience in a exposes his inner thoughts and feelings is fascinating, not only as a reader, but for anyone who has ever aspired to write anything(which is about 83% of you, I know)

He explores the problem of misguidance for those who grew up without a father, the discipline needed to become as one under a father, and then he goes into the humanity of spirituality and the true key to masculinity/manhood. The chapter on manhood was really powerful.

Again, Miller explores a whole new region with his uncanny ability to articulate his streaming conciousness, as prompted by the simple things in life, in a profound and mesmerizing way. I recommend this book to, obviously, those who grew up without Fathers, or a Father who was not a spiritual leader. But I believe that anybody can find some worth within the pages of this book. It will make you scratch your whiskers in thoughts.
An Educators Perspective  Sep 2, 2008
As an educator with both parents still together after 50+ years, this book is a HUGE insight into what more and more young men face growing up without a male role model. Often our words reflect our own experiences, which can alienate those we are trying to help.
good piece of writing  Aug 13, 2008
Even for those had a father growing up, there are still things a human father will fail at. Miller helps us to comprehend the greatness of the word "Father".
One of Miller's Best  Jul 29, 2008
To Own A Dragon is, I believe, one of Donald Miller's best books. He is more well known for Blue Like Jazz and Through Painted Deserts, but I think this one is one of his most insightful. He has always been very honest about the fact that he grew up without a father and this book dives into that story much deeper. As one who grew up with a distant father the book was very healing and spoke to me by someone who knew what it was like.

This is a wonderful and healing book for anyone, male or female, who is struggling with a father never present.

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