Author(s): Mark LaMaster
Report Published: 9th November 2016
Quake Magnitude: 1.2
Friday Night Lights for Fathers and Sons is a practical activity focused book that aims to bring fathers closer to their sons through ten Bible-based “game day” lessons. Conceptually, I think LaMaster is onto a really great idea and he does fill a hole in the Christian literature market. The chapter on addiction is particularly refreshing and something most parents need to think about, when it comes to raising their children.
Unfortunately, however, the way that LaMaster writes and the examples he uses does restrict his book to the US market, which although a notable consumer of the Christian genre, is by no means the only one. The main problem I saw was its execution. The words are written in their spoken form and this leads to clumsy syntax, frequent repetition and the loss of some otherwise excellent points. This, I feel, reduces the overall appeal of Friday Night Lights for Fathers and Sons and will prevent it from having the success of other similar titles such as Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul, which also did well thanks to the sister title, Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge .
Finally, with better editing and dynamic storytelling and vision, I do think this book would have made much more of an impact on its target audience, which is a real shame as the author’s intentions were good and his writing sincere.
“God is with you every step of the way, but you have to get off the bench, off the side lines and into the game of fatherhood.”
This book did make me think about the relationship I have with my own father and how he passed on certain aspects and mannerisms (both good and bad) to me as I grew from a boy into a man. I therefore really appreciate the potential value of this title and only wish LaMaster had paid attention to details.
I do hope that Mark, as a widely read author, will take the time to review his QUAKE Book for the benefit of the QUAKE Books Agents here! I also envision that Mark, being the man of God he is, will be able to draw encouragement from this review and that his second book will be all the better for it!