Dear Son by Dave Bruskas

Whether we want to admit it or not we are living in a time where young men aren’t encouraged to grow up, put their God given talents to good use, and be the role model that young boys need.  Face it, more and more young men are growing up as fatherless sons.  In his book Dear Son, Dave Bruskas does a brilliant job of taking on the fight of a fatherless nation by giving a fathers insight for men on some of life’s most significant milestones.

Dear Son is a collection of letters to Dave’s son, who he lost to a congenital heart defect twenty years ago.  The letters expand to all the advice, insight, wisdom and love that he would have given his son if he had lived.  He touches on everything from first jobs and dates, to graduations,weddings, and so much more.  This book is filled with encouragement, encouragement that young men desperately need to grow up to be the men God intended them to be.

Paul’s best gift to young Timothy was being his spiritual father through the gospel of Jesus. Gospel, as you may know, literally means Good News.  Much like Paul, I believe what young man like Timothy – and you – need today is Good News from God.

If you or someone you know is growing up in a fatherless situation, I encourage you to get this book.  Dave will show you that there is a better future out there for you.

You can read an excerpt of the book HERE.

I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House and the review is my honest opinion of the book.

Dave Bruskas serves as an executive elder of Mars Hill Church. He is the teaching and network pastor, overseeing all lead pastors at each Mars Hill location.Born in Albuquerque, Dave planted City on a Hill Church in his hometown in 2001. He pastored that church for 10 years before transitioning into Mars Hill Albuquerque, the first Mars Hill outside of the state of Washington. He remained lead pastor until moving to Seattle in 2011, to take on the role of executive elder.He’s a graduate of Texas Tech University and Dallas Theological Seminary, where he won the Harry A. Ironside Award for Expository Preaching. He’s a proven, seasoned pastor and gifted teacher. He frequently teaches at all 14 Mars Hill locations as well as the Resurgence Training Center (ReTrain). He’s been married to his wife, Kara, for 26 years and has four lovely daughters.

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It’s Been Awhile, But Epic Adventures Await!

A letter to my grandson Lincoln.

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Dear Lincoln,

Today is June 13th, in fact Friday the 13th and I just realized that I haven’t written to you since January.  JANUARY??  REALLY? That’s inexcusable.  I mean it’s not like I haven’t had time.  There’s plenty of time in a day, between working, the honey-do list from Nana, church, early morning quiet time with the Lord, writing on my other blog, there is still time to write to you.  Oh wait, did I mention that from the time I get up, or get home, you and I are on a non-stop adventure.  As a matter of fact I don’t get time to write for either of my blogs and that’s okay.  My time is better spent following God’s plan and right now that’s spending time with you.

I have and always will, put everything after you.

You want to chase a train, I’m there!


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Dad’s Pump Up Your Kids!


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Kids are energized and determined to press through challenges when encouraged…especially when it comes from you, Dad.

“Good job, Son” and “I’m proud of you” go a long way in boosting your kids’ confidence. I urge you to encourage your kids regularly. Each day, find something good to say to your kids and say it. All Pro Dad wants to inspire you to help your kids in this area!

For the month of June All Pro Dad is challenging you to pump ‘em up! If you find yourself running out of new ways to encourage and affirm your kids, use these 5 creative and fun ways to encourage your kids and Pump ‘Em Up.

1. For the child whose love language is physical touch.

Create an elaborate hand shake. Then, when your child needs some encouragement partake in your new secret handshake. I have one with my kids and they love it. It takes us about 15-20 seconds to complete it.

2. For the child whose love language is receiving gifts.

There is no better way to encourage this child than to take them to the store to buy the toy they’ve been wanting for some time, or anything new for that matter. Receiving a gift will go a long way with him.

3. For the child whose love language is quality time.

Whether he’s done something great or just needs a pick-me-up, set aside some time for just the two of you. He’ll be encouraged when you love him this way.

4. For the child whose love language is acts of service.

Maybe his room has gotten way out of control, or he is having a hard time with some schoolwork. Jump in and get hands on with your encouragement. Don’t do it for him, but help him with the task.

5. For the child whose love language is words of affirmation.

Shower him with “Good job,” “I’m proud of you,” and “You are the best!” The list is endless. Find as many ways as you can to verbalize encouraging words to him.

No matter what love language your child prefers, he can always use encouragement. Be consistent and do it as often as possible.

Huddle up with your kids tonight and ask: “What do I say that makes each of you feel good?”


What Don’t You Do That You Should Be Doing?

This is a short video, it won’t take long to watch, so I urge you to take about 3 minutes to watch it and answer this question “What Don’t You Do That You Should Be Doing?”  The best answer comes at the 2:55-3 minute mark.  So watch, think, and pop an answer in the comments.  Enjoy your Saturday friends and know that you are appreciated and loved. Jay

Thanks to SoulPancake for the video.