Tuesday, March 14, 2006
"Blue Like Sad: Father Longing in Don Miller’s To Own a Dragon"
A fellow student I have come to know here at seminary is Robbie Sagers. His biblical thinking and insight is refreshing.

Sagers has read Donald Miller's latest, To Own a Dragon, and written an informative review which will come out in a future issue of the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (JBMW). Nevertheless, it is now available online: "Blue Like Sad: Father Longing in Don Miller's To Own a Dragon." Here is his conclusion:

To Own a Dragon is not the book to teach a man how to be a father, or a son to love his dad. It is what it is, one man's reflections on growing up fatherless. His answers sometimes aren't what we need, but we need to hear the questions, because they are being asked all around us by men without the platform or eloquence of Don Miller. Some of them cannot look us in the eye, hiding behind a ball-cap or an unruly swath of hair.

This is a sad book, but it is a sadness we need to hear. The title comes from Miller's belief that he knows as much about what it is to have a father as he knows about what it is to own one of the dragons he read about his childhood fairy tales. We need to hear this man's story, but we need more than this to confront the dangers of father hunger. We need a more robust announcement of the gospel, even when that means saying some hard things to fatherless non-Christians. A generation of lost young men may not know what it is to own a dragon, but the Bible tells us that a Dragon owns them (Rev 12). That's what's really at stake when fathers abandon their children--the gospel itself. And that's even sadder than Miller's tale, even bluer than Jazz.

(HT: Russell Moore)
 
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