A father to the fatherless prepared to care for children by the apathy and evil of my own childhood. I was my dad but changed – turned inside out by grace and granted a chance to unmake the past. I was Papa.
A testimony of a life changed from a difficult childhood. Mark Bouman family life is a prime example of a dysfunctional family. A father who terrorized his 3 children and wife with physical and emotional abuse with words like “shut up or I will give you something to cry about”. Or Clean this mess up! You want to live like a pig? Then I’ll treat you like a Pig! I should take a belt to you.” When dad was home, everyone scattered. What does that do a young impressionable mind? It can go either way, it can make another monster or it can redeem the tragedy.
Mark Bouman is redemption story. He bares the ugly and makes something beautiful. It is not a story of how bad can a dad be (which he was) but a dad that is forgiven and redeemed as well. It was an emotional read especially if you can relate to any of the abuse that was revealed. However, it is also encouraging read that redemption can found and will be found when faith is put in the work of Jesus.
A Special Thank You to Tyndale House Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.