Ed Tandy McGlasson is a former lineman in the National Football League where he played with the Giants, the Jets, and the Rams. Ed's call to ministry began in college after being healed from a career-ending knee injury that led to his conversion while playing for Youngstown State. Ed eventually entered the ministry in 1984 and started traveling and sharing his testimony and doing evangelistic crusades. In 1988 Ed planted the Stadium Vineyard in Anaheim, California, and has been a pastor there since. Ed has spoken at numerous conferences across the country and around the world, including a number of rallies for Billy Graham crusades. Ed's first book, The Difference a Father Makes--which has over 200,000 copies in print--along with his conference The Blessing of the Father, keeps Ed busy in churches, conferences, and corporate events.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Difference a Father Makes: Calling Out the Magnificent Destiny in Your Children?
Dad is Destiny for better or worse Mar 6, 2007
When a woman makes peace with her father she makes peace with a fundamental part of herself. When you see a confident woman whose ability to hold her own esteem without overdependance on external validation ... that is most likely a father's daughter. These are women whose fathers were there, who protected them, and who were instrumental in being an involved parent. Such women have a healthy template for emotionally healthy relationship with a man and are often secure in their identity. If dad encouraged her to excel, she does. A friend of mine had a father who was a corporate lawyer of much success who pushed her in athletics to the point she was on the 1980 Canadian Olympic Speed Skating Team that went to Lake Placid BEFORE she was a legal adult. My father was frustrated that I hadn;t mastered the alphabet by age 5 that he drilled the ABCs into me one night after dinner until I walked away from the table reading a book cover to cover without stammering. Ever since then I became a bookworm and his demand that average was unacceptable still haunts me - especially when I have my share of failures like we all do. Just like Athena and her father Zues (see Awakening Athena) this is the father's legacy whole and distinct from a mother.
On the flip side women who have not made peace with a less than favorable relationship to their father owe it to themselves to heal this loss. Every female should have two involved biological parents or adoptive parents. Sadly, this is not the case. So ... the best thing is to co-opt the experience through the proper counselling and finding role models that heal. That said, it is best for women still hurting from father loss to NOT use a boyfriend or spouse to work out their father issues. Healing at the source is the best and sometimes just making peace with it once and for all independant of whether dad ever comes around is a gift you give yourself.
Ernest Stevens Nov 27, 2006
I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend this book for any proud father. I was overwhelmed by the heart felt warmth on dealing with children and especially the understanding that it is never too late to make a diffence. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.
Could change families' lives Oct 24, 2005
Ed McGlasson was a guest on our radio show this morning in Detroit, and generated one of the largest listener responses we have ever received from an author. Ed actually took the time to call my co-host's husband directly, encouraging him to read the book. He did, and found himself completely re-energized by the experience. This is a book for every man, father or father-to-be.
An Adolescent to Adult Transition Manual for Fathers Jan 6, 2005
This compact book gave me surprisingly practical and inspiring answers to questions I've struggled with as a father to three teenage kids - "How do I develop a deep and affirming relationship with my children, help them grow them into what they're capable of, and let them know when they've crossed the `goal-line' into adulthood?"
The author - who is an active pastor, ex-professional football player, and father of five - uses moving examples from his own family life, anecdotes from his pastoral counseling work, and surprisingly relevant and poignant stories from the Bible to paint a roadmap for fathers like me who do indeed want to make a difference in the lives of their kids.