Just in time for Father’s Day, the newly released book, Fathers Say features testimonies from Kevin Sorbo, Kathie Lee Gifford, Eric Metaxas and other successful men and women in the entertainment industry on both the positive and negative impact their dad’s words have had on them.
Authors Joe Pellegrino and Joe Battaglia decided to do something about the staggering statistics that show the one common denominator of many of society’s problem — pornography, human trafficking, abortion, rape, murder, alcoholism, teen suicide, and incarceration are all side effects of having an absentee father. In an effort to provide a view of the lasting impact a father’s words have on their children, they penned Fathers Say, a book to highlight the difference those words make, not only in families but society, as well.
The list of influencers featured in the book include: Actor Corbin Bernsen, Author Steve Brown, Radio personality Delilah, Television host Kathie Lee Gifford, Religion Correspondent at Fox News Lauren Green, Emmy Award winner Michael Guillen, Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund, Radio personality Brant Hansen, Film Director/Actor Alex Kendrick, Granddaughter of Hobby Lobby founder Lauren Green McAfee, President of Meguiar’s Car Wax Barry Meguiar, Author Eric Metaxas, Former Football Coach Bill Parcells, Actress Shari Rigby, Actor Kevin Sorbo, Author and Professional Counselor Michelle Watson, and TV Producer Martha Williamson.
Actor Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda, Soul Surfer, and God’s Not Dead) said he remembers well the impact of his father’s encouraging words and how they have continued to resonate in his heart through the years.
“What I remember most about him was how he always drilled into us the ethic of hard work, and encouraged us to pursue whatever dream we had in life. ‘Go after that dream,’ he’d say. Specifically, I remember him saying, ‘Go out and make your way in the world and don’t expect people to open doors for you,'” Sorbo shared in Fathers Say.
Kathie Lee Gifford, co-host of the “Today Show” echoed Sorbo and said her father’s word also helped her in her career. She revealed that her father first made her aware of her artistic talents as a child and encouraged her to pursue entertainment as an adult.
“People always ask children the question ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Well, my father understood that question more profoundly and told me as a young girl, ‘Honey, find something you love to do and then figure out a way to get paid for it,” Gifford explained. “I never forgot that.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post