Dennis Mansfield and his wife, Susan, followed all the rules of Christian parenting promoted by conservative Christian experts. They never considered that their oldest son would die of drug-related causes at the age of 27. Even though they raised Nate and his siblings within an evangelical framework, the guarantees they believed in turned out to be void. Nate, rebellious and strong-willed, turned to a life of drugs.
Dennis Mansfield was a national leader in the pro-family movement of the 1990s. He was a man who followed God and loved his family but ultimately couldn’t save his son. He learned a lot over the years from raising a son with a drug addiction, and he’s sharing his story in “Beautiful Nate, a memoir of a family’s love, a life lost and Heaven’s promises.”
Some might say this is just another book about a father’s loss of a child from drugs, but this book is filled with hope, compassion and redemption. It isn’t just for parents who have dealt with the loss of a child. It isn’t only for those who have struggled with a wayward child in the midst of an addiction. It’s about parenting in today’s world for real parents who make mistakes but who desperately want the best for their children. It’s about the truth—children sometimes make choices that don’t mirror their parents’ values. Whether or not you follow the parenting advice of James Dobson or Dr. Spock, life offers no guarantees.
If you have struggled with your own parenting style, Mansfield’s testimony will free you from self-condemnation. If you have made a hobby of beating yourself up over things you have done or haven’t done as a parent, “Beautiful Nate” will encourage you in an indescribable way.
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