In March of 1998, “Focus on the Family” radio re-broadcast
my original 1991 interviews around my first book, Healing the Masculine Soul, which pioneered the Christian men’s
movement in 1988. That same year, fully ten years after being
published, the book appeared for the first time on the “Top
50 Most Requested Religious Titles” at #30.
The good news is that my ministry is ahead of its time, and
its message of God’s truth and grace endures. In fact,
those same “Focus on the Family” interviews were
re-broadcast in June, 2002, and yet again as “classics”
in 2003 and 2008.
Being ahead of the times isn’t always easy. Both my
books Fight Like a Man and Sons of the Father were declared
out of print in 1997—even as I regularly receive letters
from around the world on how the Father has used these books
to transform lives. Prior to my men's books, in 1987 I had written my
story of discovering the reality of demons and how God has provided
to overcome them. Finally, twenty years later in 2008, it was
published as No Small Snakes: A Journey into Spiritual Warfare.
Before all these, I wrote my very first book in 1985, Broken by Religion, Healed by God.
Praised over the years by many editors, nevertheless all publishers rejected it--one as
"too hot to handle," and another as having "something to offend everybody." By 2010,
the father-wound had exploded into an epidemic, even as Christian publishers increasingly
had withdrawn behind marketing concerns from the risks which producing healing resources
would require. The pioneering spirit which birthed Healing the Masculine Soul was gone.
In order to revitalize it, clearly I would now need to publish my books by myself.
This past year I have had no conferences, and received that unprecedented "career change"
as a green light from the Father to go back full steam to writing. So far, I've revised and
updated my two out-of-print books, publishing those and Broken by Religion in both Amazon
ebook and paperbacks available there and on my website. A fourth book of stories from when
my son was younger, Do Pirates Wear Pajamas? And Other Mysteries in the Adventure of Fathering,
is also complete, and is awaiting the Father's go-ahead.
Self-publishing via the Internet is a marvelous innovation for authors, but it's not cheap.
I've had to hire a publisher/editor to format my manuscripts and interface with Amazon and
a publicist to book radio interviews, plus send out several hundred gift books to ministries
and radio show hosts. I continue to receive encouragement from enthusiastic responses to my
interviews and books, and from others who have contributed financially toward this ministry.
Now in my late 60's, it seems I still operate on the frontiers of the Father's advancing Kingdom.
Pioneers, however, are not always well received by the natives. A ministry which proclaims both
the truth and grace of Jesus is not readily received by those who would deny our wound and cover
its shame—whether by truth-less "tolerance" on the Left or grace-less judgment on the Right.
As Christians have increasingly defined ourselves by this wordly deception, my own ministry
has become more needed even as it's become more marginalized. Long ago I realized that the Father
had designed my ministry so that it could not survive apart from other, supportive Believers. My
goal today is simply to write what the Father's put on my heart and offer it to Him to use however
and whenever He sees fit. Stepping out in faith, I have trusted Him to raise up those supporters,
and He continues to prove Himself trustworthy.
If you sense the Father would have you come alongside me in my ministry, here are three ways:
Prayer and intercession: see my “Intercessors Platoon” outline at http://www.abbafather.com/intercessors.html.
Financial contributions can be received online via echeck. Please go to https://www.egivingsystems.org/support/56077
and click the “Donate” link. Under “Purpose of Gift” just write my name.
While an online donations is much easier to process, if this is difficult for you, you may send a check made out to "Fight like a Man" noting my name at lower left, to
Fight Like a Man Ministries
501 E. Fox Den Dr
Knoxville TN 37922
You will receive a year-end donation receipt for your tax records--and my sincere appreciation for your support.
You can visit my non-profit sponsor at www.fightlikeamanministries.com.
Ask me for my bumper sticker "A Real Man Is a Man Who's Real" and I'll send you one as a gift.
I’m grateful for however the Father might lead you in this.