NASHVILLE – Nov. 27, 2012 – Set in the future but torn from today’s headlines comes Fatherless (FaithWords/
Fatherless marks the first fiction work from noted psychologist and radio host Dr. James Dobson. Author of the groundbreaking works The Strong-Willed Child, Bringing Up Boys and Bringing Up Girls, Dobson’s books have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
“Often the best way to communicate vital truths is to weave them into a story,” Dobson said. “The New Testament parables offer a great example of that. Fatherless takes the demographic realities of today, combines them with our nation’s economic, moral and ethical drift and imagines a future 30 years from now that’s at once familiar and frightening.”
In the page-turning Fatherless, it’s 2042, and a long-predicted tipping point has arrived: For the first time, the elderly outnumber the vigorous young creating an untenable economic and moral situation. How will a debt-crippled nation pay for the health care needs of a growing number of seniors living longer? As laws change allowing the elderly to end their lives, they become viewed as financial liabilities, as do the disabled. Jaundiced eyes turn toward any couple with more than two children, making monetary problems worse. Caught in an intensifying battle between competing cultural agendas is reporter Julia Davidson—a journalist seeking to revive a flagging career; influential young Congressman Kevin Tolbert, a Christian facing his own dilemmas; and a supporting cast of engaging characters who find themselves deep in an ominous conspiracy. In the dystopian tradition of 1984, Brave New World and The Hunger Games, Fatherless projects the headlines of today into the desperate choices of tomorrow.
“What happens in a world where growing up with the protective love of a father becomes the exception rather than the norm? What happens when the very old outnumber the very young?” Dr. Dobson asks. “Demographers tell us the decline in marriage and parenthood is fueling an unprecedented drop in fertility. The global population soon will begin to decline. We already see, in places such as Japan and Russia, that economic turmoil always accompanies dwindling population as the few young and healthy are burdened with the ballooning aging and feeble. The best projections show America on a trajectory to tip downward in a few short decades. This book is a fictional account of what current demographic, sociological and cultural shadows portend. But it’s also a celebration of God’s design for families.”
With a Jan. 15, 2013, publication date, Fatherless is available for pre-order now, and it will be followed by additional books in the series, Childless (summer 2013) and Godless (2014).
Dr. James Dobson is known around the world for his commitment to encouraging godly families. Author of more than 80 books, Dr. Dobson currently heads Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, a nonprofit ministry and radio program. For 14 years, he was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and was on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He earned his doctorate in child development from USC. He founded and is chair emeritus of Focus on the Family.
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