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Josh Mc Dowell: The Secrets of Fatherhood in the 21st Century

The lecture was built on sequential statement of the 7 principals of relationships formation: praise (independently from emotional condition of the child), adoption (independently from circumstances, it gives the sense of security), values (it gives the sense of significance), accessibility (it gives the sense of necessity), tenderness (expression of mental warmth and caress), concern about the child’s world, responsibility (accountability). In my opinion, there was a very interesting thought that “responsibility without relationships leads to rebelliousness.” Truly, in our society today there are a lot of children who “rose” against their parents. And this is all because parents did not know how to raise their children properly, how to build relationships with them.  

The target audience for Josh McDowell all over the world is parents, young adults and educational workers. During the last 30 years, he has visited 107 countries and delivered 23 thousand speeches in front of a multi-million youth audience. He wrote 98 books which are translated into 60 different languages. Here are the titles of some of his books: “Handbook on Counseling Youth,” “In Search of Certainty,” “Disconnected Generation,” “A Word which Builds Relationships,” “How to be a Hero to Your Kids.” His scientific research works were noted by prestigious rewards of “Gold Medallion”.  

It is interesting that Josh has a very open hurt for Ukrainian children. Beginning with 1992, he regularly visits Ukraine, Russia and Byelorussia within the framework of a special project “Operation Carelift” (modern title “Global Aid Network”). Thanks to this project, more then 4,000 tones of clothes, school stationery and toys were given to 10, 000, 000 children from needy families.

For resolving obvious problems of the present, Josh McDowell uses both social-practical and biblical approach. His lectures find live response in the hearts of listeners, give them opportunity to get valuable answers on vital questions of life and give hope for better understanding of young adults and consolidation of family relationships.

Josh and his wife Dotty have 37 years of family life and joint work. They have 4 children and one grandchild.

One would really want that the knowledge gained at Josh McDowell’s seminar would find reflection in our real life and help many parents and teachers in building relationships with “disciples”. We are thankful to our guest for revealing “the secrets of fatherhood in the 21st century”.


Svetlana Iotko,

student of journalism department (KCU)

From the editorial staff. The conference was organized by a public organization ”International Center of Paternity” (mission “Ukraine for Christ”) headed by Alexander Marchenko (phone 8(067) 402-5469). The next event of the ICP is a forum “The role of the father in family and society” will be held on September 18, 2008 in the Kiev international center of culture and art (former October Palace).

Translated by Anastasia Maksimova

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