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Review | Fatherless

Fatherless by James C. Dobson, Kurt Bruner

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The year is 2042, and the long-predicted tipping point has arrived. For the first time in human history, the economic pyramid has flipped: The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas. Reporter Julia Davidson-a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career-is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy.

Plagued by nightmares about her absent father, Julia finds herself drawn to the quiet strength of a man she meets at a friend’s church. As the engrossing plot of FATHERLESS unfolds, Julia faces choices that pit professional success against personal survival in an increasingly uncertain and dangerous world.

FATHERLESS vividly imagines a future in which present-day trends come to sinister fruition.

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Hott Review:

The first day I heard about James Dobson’s fictional book series Fatherless I was intrigued. Euthanasia is something that I’d been hearing a lot about and it was hitting me especially hard as I was spending a lot of time with a loved one dealing with extensive limitations. I have strong feelings against euthanasia, not only because I believe it’s against God’s plan, but also because of the experiences I’ve had with loved ones with failing health.

Now, for my thoughts about Fatherless.

Compelling. Interesting. Frightening. Fatherless is many things.

I can’t say it didn’t keep my interest, I couldn’t put Fatherless down. I can’t say it was boring, I’ve never read anything like this. I can’t say I enjoyed it, it was too real and too dooming for that.

It’s not my typical read. There is nothing light or romantic about this book. In fact, in some ways Fatherless reminds me of Brave New World. It’s disturbing especially when you can see how truthful so much of it is.

“Normal doesn’t always mean good.”

A quote from Fatherless that just seems so right. It really seems to pull the story together.

At first, I was confused by all of the characters in Fatherless. I had to read the first half of the book in complete silence so I could understand everything that was going on (it may have been a headache causing this & not the book). When I got to Part III I found myself refusing to but down Fatherless, it was too engrossing and I needed to know what would happen next. As I read it was so easy to see the connections fall into place. To see God working His way through the story.

When you have time to sit and reflect, Fatherless is a great book to wrap your mind around where we’re heading.


Author: James C. Dobson, Kurt Bruner
Source: I purchased Fatherless on October 1, 2013 when I first heard about it on a Focus on the Family radio broadcast.
Publisher & Date: January 15th 2013 by FaithWords
Genre: Dystopian Christian Thriller
ISBN: 1455513113 (ISBN13: 9781455513116)
Pages: 448
Grade: A
Ages: 18+
Steam: YA | Not steam per se but there are some marital conversations and adult conversations that are not appropriate for all young adults.
Setting: Denver, Colorado & Washington DC
Series: Fatherless #1


Author Bios:

James C. Dobson

James C. Dobson

James C. Dobson is a psychologist, commentator, and writer. He is the founder of Focus on the Family, a group advocating what he views as Christian ethics and political conservatism, and hosts a radio program of the same name

Websites & Links: author's website author's twitter author's facebook

Kurt Bruner

Kurt Bruner serves as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Lake Pointe Church and on the adjunct faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary. A graduate of Talbot Seminary and former Vice President with Focus on the Family, Kurt led the teams creating films, magazines, books, and radio drama. As President of HomePointe Inc., he helps local church leaders create an ongoing culture of intentional families. Kurt is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books. Kurt and his wife, Olivia, have four children and live in Rockwall, Texas.

Websites & Links: author's website


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