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A former Wall Street Journal reporter offers the first-ever complete biography of one of America's most influential men, Dr. James Dobson. Author Dale Buss examines his many achievements and challenges, as well as his role in the 2004 election, evangelicalism, and the larger culture. Dr. Dobson is a psychologist, the host of a daily radio program (with an audience exceeded only by Rush Limbaugh's and Paul Harvey's), the author of multiple best-selling books, and founder of Focus on the Family, one of the largest parachurch ministries in the world. His advice is sought out by presidents and other national leaders. Family Man is a fully developed account of Dobson's life, giving both friends and detractors glimpses into his beliefs, accomplishments, and influence.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook, CD
Studio: Tyndale Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2005
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 0842381945 ISBN13 9780842381949
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More About Dr James Dobson
Dr. James Dobson is the founder of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, " Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk." He has an earned PhD from the University of Southern California, and is the author of more than fifty books dedicated to the preservation of the family. Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years. He is married to Shirley and they have two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and two grandchildren.
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A Good Book About a GREAT American! James Dobson: The Most Influential Christian in the USA! May 12, 2006
FAMILY MAN by Dale Buss, is a good book about a great, patriotic Christian: James Dobson! It is written more by topic than by chronological order, which is my only misgiving. It makes it feel more like reading a collection of articles about Dr. Dobson, instead of reading and "reliving" the stories and events of his interesting life, in the same order in which things happened. I would have preferred to have read about everything in the order that it all happened.
Nevertheless, if you are a listener of the daily FOCUS ON THE FAMILY radio shows which Dr. Dobson founded, or have read some of his very influential books about Christian childrearing, then you will find many interesting things in this book.
Dr. Dobson already has built his listener and reader base using stories and anecedotes from his own life, as often as not. So there will probably be some stories which you have heard from his own mouth, on the radio, already. But that is okay, because these repeat stories are great stories with a thoughtful lesson and a moral to each story.
For example, his funny story about his coveted school tennis trophy which he worked so hard to achieve, and years later was, well... you may know what happened to it, already, or you should read this book's version of the story, which tells it better than me and teaches a Bible-based lesson about what achievements are important in life and will last through eternity, and which works are way too temporary to waste too much time on!
It is no secret that people that hate what the Bible teaches also hate anybody who promotes what the Bible teaches. James Dobson has plenty of enemies, but they all hate him for his relentless promotion of Biblical values. They have nothing on him that he has actually done wrong to anybody. They hate him because he exposes their deeds as going against what the Bible teaches.
Jesus says, "If they hated you, they hated me first." -- John 15:18. "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." -- John 3:19. So I will side with Dr. Dobson against any of his many outspoken critics, who really oppose Bible values first, and Dr. Dobson second, for speaking on behalf of the Bible teachings.
The biggest surprise in the book, for me, was learning that his son, Ryan, was adopted. I had listened to the radio shows for over 5 years, and had heard Ryan on the show with his Dad many times, but I never heard anybody mention that, obviously because it is not kept in mind, as it should be.
There are interesting stories with famous and infamous people who have been part of the interesting parade of personalities invited and/or appearing on the FOCUS ON THE FAMILY radio show. I really enjoyed the story about Pete Maravich, one of the best basketball players in the history of the sport, who made a very fateful visit. I also found it interesting to read the details about his exclusive interview with the serial killer, Ted Bundy, who requested that only Dr. Dobson was allowed to have a media interview with the death row killer, before the state executed him, (Bundy said he was Born Again, and so he chose Dobson for the interview, even though the secular media would have bent over backwards to get his last interview).
The stories about his growing up with his parents are my favorite parts of the book. I also enjoy the personal life details during the different eras of his education and career. I also enjoy the many stories about building his books and radio show business.
Dr. Dobson is not perfect, and the book spends many pages letting people blow off steam and criticize his work routine. Apparently, some feel he micro-manages too much, and runs a tight ship. Gee, who hasn't worked for a tough boss at some point in their life? Most of us have been on both sides of this situation, either being led by a tough boss, or having to lead people ourselves, under tough situations. There is nothing extraordinary in the stories that criticize the way he likes to run the FOCUS ON THE FAMILY organization.
There are many photos from his life and career, which are interesting. I like the family photos, having heard and read the family stories, but there are also plenty of career photos of Dr. Dobson with famous people and at interesting events, all in a days work if you are Dr. James Dobson!
All in all, this is a fairly beefy book, (nearly 400 pages), but if you agree with Dr. Dobson's Bible-based philosophy and psychology, and listen to FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, and learn about Christian family living do's and don'ts from this good doctor, then you will most likely find many interesting moments in this book to enjoy and ponder.
Amen that James Dobson! He is a great role model for all Christians going through the difficult, narrow gate to Heaven, who reject the corrupt, broad road to Hell (Matthew 7:13), while looking to the promises of God and wanting to live the Christian Family way, the right way, God's way.
This is quite disturbing Jan 11, 2006
I have read this book and have had to put it down many times to scream into a pillow and hide my children. On page 47 we have this line, "A handy way of inflicting this pain without causing marks or injuries........is to compress the trapezius muscle that lies at the base of the neck.....when firmly squeezed..."
Lord knows we surely do not want any marks that may identify you as an abusive parent. What good hints for abusive parents.
We go on to this, "He recommends that spankings cause at least brief, real pain and be administered with a neutral object such as a small switch or belt, not with the hand, because the latter should always be seen as 'an object of love....."
Truly sick! You can see his insights on "assertive toddlers" and self-propelled youngsters.
You can read this horrific accounting by the weak follower (author) or just skip it and save yourself the nightmares.
I for one can't believe children are enduring this abusive lifestyle by such weak parents.
Spectacular Dec 22, 2005
Can anyone call this man anything less than a genius. He's astounding, his insight, spirituality, and hunger to save rival anyone I've ever read. I put him in the pantheon of other great conservative writers like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. All of their missions are clear and straightforward. SAve the children from the Devil and all that he seeks. Their work is good and just, their writing ability unassailable.
Beware of Personality Cult! Dec 19, 2005
I have not read this book yet, but I will read it as soon as it becomes available in my local library. For 6 to 7 years in the 90's, I made it a daily habit to listen to Dr. Dobson's Focus on the Family radio program. I really enjoyed him and his cohost Mike Trout as they talked about man's role as a husband and father. I have learned a lot from their insightful teachings on marriage and family. I was and still am a politically aware individual who has always voted conservative (not necessarily Republican but usually Republican except for Zell Miller). In my opinion, Dr. Dobson has the tendency to twist facts or even lie in order to serve his purpose when he ventured into political topics. I cannot forget the day in his radio program (either 1995 or 1996) when he viciously attacked then House Majority leader, Newt Gingrich, who happened to be my Congress man, for no reason other than Newt didn't give in to Dr. Dobson's demand on whatever when Newt and other fellow Republicans proposed "Contract with America". The 10 points in CWA were designed to instil personal responsibility into welfare reform and other areas of social reform (google it and look it up yourself). Yet Dr. Dobson told his listeners that the new GOP leadership under Gingrich and its CWA "doesn't reflect our value." Also, Dr. Dobson's view on Y2K was way off the mainstream. I have always wondered why he was so radical on Y2K and devoted several of his daily programs on this topic at the end of 1999. However, in mid January, 2000, Dr. Dobson said in one of his daily radio programs that he never believed Y2K was so dire when he asked his listeners for contributions. He said Focus income was down because he believed his listeners were afraid of potential Y2K disaster, but now since Y2K was over he encouraged his listeners to give. In that context, he said he never believed Y2K was anything serious. Can anyone believe him? Who was the guy that only 2 months ago trying to paint a dire picture of Y2K? Did any of you good evangelical Christians know that there were some very prominent Christian leaders at that time publically castigating fellow pastors who didn't agree with them on Y2K? Maybe Dr. Dobson ought to answer his reason behind all the Y2K hype. What type of people did he and other fellow like-minded ministers on the Y2K issue want to set out to destroy then? Just last week in promoting this book "Family Man," in a FOF daily radio program, a man whom Dr. Dobson has helped over the year, called Dr. Dobson a prophet, a Jeremiah of our time. Come on, folks, that is just a bit too much personality cult. I am sure Dr. Dobson is a great man - a great husband, a great father, and a wonderful grandfather if he is one now. But his desire for power and his consistent approach of alienating other evangelical Christian leaders who disagree with him are divisive at least and very dangerous to the cause of God's work.
Wonderful man!! Dec 6, 2005
Great man! This book is highly recommended!!! He has spent his life imparting wonderful and insightful and loving parenting wisdom. Thank you Dr. Dobson, you helped my husband and me raise two fantastic children AND your valuable advice is now helping the next generation of our family!! The world needs more men like Dr. Dobson!