Book Description Review Given our cultural blinders, it's easy to forget that fathering is just as challenging and rewarding as mothering. The trials and triumphs of single mothers especially have received a great deal of attention. But what about men who have had to leave their children behind? With no space to grieve, no way to recover their soul or regroup the fragments of their lives, absent fathers often spiral into years of inaction, leaving themselves and their children disconnected and in need. Mark Bryan, director of the Father Project in Massachusetts, recognizes this need (having experienced it himself), and wrote The Prodigal Father out of concern for the effects of the damaged parental relationship on both parties involved. Bryan shares his heart-wrenching story of abandoning, and then reuniting with, his own son, as well as the stories of many other men who have each endured heartbreak and struggle to regain a role in their children's lives. As coauthor of The Artist's Way, Bryan knows how to bridge the gap between self-help advice and practical action. Each chapter contains specific exercises and activities designed to move dads closer to their kids; aerobic physical activity, silence, and writing all have a place. There's no sugar coating--prodigal fathers must work prodigiously to rediscover their children. The rewards, though, as delightfully described herein, beat winning the lottery. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more From Library Journal Bryan has put together an admirable package of anecdote and action to get the men who are among divorce's victims moving to heal themselves and their broken relationships. The director of the Father Project and affiliated family research projects at Harvard, Bryan knows the terrain. He married and divorced at a young age; his own odyssey of making things right with his son is powerful and moving. Through his work with other fathers, he has expanded the boundaries of his experience, and here he writes powerfully of men's diminished role in our society's increasingly one-parent families. While acknowledging the difficult underlying causes of family breakup, Bryan urges positive action. Toward that end, the book provides exercises and guidance in soul-searching and corrective action for fathers wanting to build bridges to their children and even the divorced spouse. With reunion and respect the goals, Bryan has provided a valuable manual, written from the trenches.?David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib., BostonCopyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews