Quotes from the book: You Have What It Takes by: John Eldredge

  1. Every boy wants to be a hero. Every boy wants to be powerful, he wants to be dangerous, and he wants to know: Do I have what it takes? And every boy looks to his dad to answer it.
  2. Every little girl wants to know: Am I lovely?
  3. Answer these questions a thousand times and in a thousand ways over the course of your son's or daughter's life, and you will have a done your job.
  4. Your son or daughter, no matter how old, will always want and need to hear those words from you.
  5. What's your worst fear as a man? Isn't it some version of failure?
  6. A woman's worst fear is abandonment.
  7. You, dad, are the most powerful man in their world... at least in their world. 
  8. How you handle your children's hearts will shape them for the rest of their lives.
  9. Mothers teach about unconditional love, and she teaches us about mercy. She is a comforter. She is a picture of the heart of God. But identity, especially gender identity, is the bestowed by the father.
  10. Until a man knows he's a man, he will forever be trying to prove he is one.
  11. Research data show that sexual promiscuity among teenage girls is almost always directly related to an absent father.
  12. Most fathers find it hard to validate their children, because they have a wound in their soul.
  13. How can you first find the healing of your wounded heart? It begins with surrender.
  14. Abiding in the love of God is our only hope, the only true home for our hearts.
  15. As someone has said, forgiveness is setting a prisoner free and then discovering the prisoner was you. You must understand that forgiveness is a choice.

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