It amazes me, guys will spend their lives studying their field of pursuits. But when it comes to reading about being a husband and father, they’ll say, “Meh, I got this.” Gentlemen, we don’t got this. Here are 10 essential books on how to be a godly husband and father.

The same person who doesn’t read these types of books is the same person who struggles with feeling like a failure as a husband and father.

I beg you, before you grab the 50th John Grisham novel (no offense Mr. Grisham, I loved The Firm. Tom Cruise was great in the movie. I’m sure the book was better.) read these books on how to be a godly husband and father. Thank me later.

These are the book on how to be a godly husband and father that I’ve either read, or they are on my short list to read. They’ve come highly recommended from wise friends, professors and the like. So you can trust them. Review the list and grab all of these books so you can know how to be a better husband and father.


1 Manly Dominion in a Passive-Purple-Four-Ball Word (Mark Chanski)

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Chanski writes, “On the tabletop of life, many of us act more like the purple four-balls than like skillful billiard players.” I read this book in seminary. I remember my biggest takeaway.

We must actively resist the world “happening to us” and instead recognize we’ve been given  an assignment on this earth—to be good stewards of what God entrusts to us.

Whether it be a wife, kids, or material possessions. How we view what God has given us directly affects how we treat or mistreat it.