2022 Books for Dads

Oh friends, I don’t know about you, but I love gifting books to my dad, my friends who are dads, and the “fathering voices” in my life for Father’s Day. And BOY have there been a lot of great books put out into the world lately! Here are a few of my favorite reads that I think the dads in our lives might enjoy.

Life of Fire by Pat Martin –
For the master griller dad, or really, just the dad that likes to eat! Brought to you by Nashville’s own – Pat Martin of Martin’s Barbecue, reveals all he knows about the art of barbecue and live fire cooking. Through beautiful photography and detailed instruction, the lessons start with how to prepare and feed a fire—what wood to use, how to build a pit or a grill, how to position it to account for the weather—then move into cooking through all the stages of that fire’s life.

Life of Fire: Mastering the Arts of Pit-Cooked Barbecue, the Grill, and the Smokehouse: A Cookbook truly is a “cookbook” like no other I’ve ever seen. I bet your dad will be just as fascinated as I was with everything Pat teaches us about fire.

Mission Possible by Tim Tebow
Tim believes that the secret to a truly meaningful life is not more comfort or ease, but recognizing the clear, unique mission that God has set before you. Having a focused sense of your personal, God-given significance will bring you a lasting sense of purpose.

Let this book ignite a new spark in the life of a dad you love. Wherever he is, whatever his work, this book will be a purpose-builder for the dad in your life.

The Secret Society of Success by Tim Schurrer – 

There’s a message getting a lot of airtime these days. It says to be successful, you have to step into the spotlight, climb the ladder, become the boss, or chase whatever version of success that’s been dangled in front of you. But what if there’s another way? What if fame, money, and power aren’t all that we should be chasing?

In The Secret Society of Success: Stop Chasing the Spotlight and Learn to Enjoy Your Work (and Life) Again, Tim invites us to reevaluate our definition of success and learn a new, freer way to go about achieving it. If there’s a leader dad in your life, this is a great read for him!

How to Heal Our Racial Divide by Derwin Gray –
In this book, Derwin walks us through Scripture, showing us the heart of God. How God, from the beginning, envisioned a reconciled multiethnic family in loving community, reflecting his beauty and healing presence in the world. This message is central to the gospel itself.

I loved this book so much that I wrote the foreward to it! It truly was such an eye-opening scriptural journey that I know your dad will love!

Glad You’re Here
by Walker Hayes and Craig Cooper

When Craig Cooper and Walker Hayes met, Walker was an alcoholic atheist reeling from the backlash of a failed music career. Through their unlikely friendship, Craig’s life demonstrated the love of Christ in a way that shattered Walker’s misconceptions of Christianity, ultimately leading him down the path to a dramatic conversion. 

Glad You’re Here: Two Unlikely Friends Breaking Bread and Fences helps us discover how building relationships, sacrificing for the good of others, and drawing near in times of need can lead to powerful transformation. If your dad loves a good story, this one’s for him!

At the Table with Jesus by Louie Giglio –

Through practical daily devotions, At the Table with Jesus invites us to sit at the table with the Good Shepherd, building a habit of living life with him. The sixty-six day journey starts in Psalm 23 but takes us throughout all of Scripture to build a stronger relationship with the God of the universe.

The Life We’re Looking For by Andy Crouch – 
There is a way out of our impersonal world, into a world where knowing and being known are the heartbeat of our days, our households, and our economies. Where our vulnerabilities are seen not as something to be escaped but as the key to our becoming who we were made to be together. Where technology serves us rather than masters us—and helps us become more human, not less.

In The Life We’re Looking For, Andy shows how we have been seduced by a false vision of human flourishing—and how each of us can fight back by restoring true community and putting people first in a world dominated by money, power, and devices. For that thinker dad who you love, I guarantee he’ll be challeneged and inspired by Andy’s brilliant encouragement in this book!

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