Book Review: Fatherless – Ruth L. Snyder

Fatherless by Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner
Fatherless by Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner

Title: Fatherless

Authors: Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner

Pages: 431

Publisher: FaithWords (a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.)

Date of Publication: January 2013

What will our world be like in 2042 if we follow the current moral trajectory? Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner team up to “vividly imagine a future in which present-day trends come to sinister fruition.” If you’re looking for a compelling story that will make you think, read Fatherless.

Julia Davidson, a journalist who is struggling to revive her career, is sent on a mission to uncover facts about a presidential candidate’s platform. In the process, she reconnects with a former classmate, Angie, and her husband Kevin as well as Kevin’s handsome assistant, Troy. Angie, Kevin, and Troy’s belief system is diametrically opposed to Julia’s. Angie has given up a lucrative career to stay home and raise children – several children, including a daughter society sees as a “debit”. Instead of being angry and bitter, Angie is contented and fulfilled. As Julia pursues her story, she digs up “dirt” on Kevin. Will Julia protect Angie and her family, or will she choose to expose Kevin and revive her reputation as an award-winning journalist?

Matthew Adams has always wanted to become a professor. Instead he has been saddled with the care of his mother and her deteriorating mind. His religious upbringing taught him that assisted suicide was wrong, but society shows that “transitions” are best for everyone. What should Matt do? Will he follow his heart or his mind?

The United States are at a critical crossroads. “For the first time in human history, the economic pyramid has flipped: the feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing agendas.” Kevin sets out to unveil facts about “bright spots” and gain support for his proposal. Will he be able to persuade the presidential candidate and his supporters, or will his political career come to a sudden ignoble end?

Once I started this book it was hard to put it down. Even my husband, who rarely reads fiction, was captivated by the story. We were both challenged to consider the path our culture is on and to reexamine not only the basis for our beliefs, but how we can encourage others to make godly choices.

This is the first book in a trilogy. Childless is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2013 and Godless will be available in the summer of 2014.