Our friend of MCLA, Dr. Jed Diamond, has just written his 15th book which is a memoir about his own relationship with his father. It’s an adventure story of how Jed found the father he lost when he was five years old. It’s also a tale of redemption and healing for both Jed and his father. My Distant Dad: Healing the Family Father Wound, has been recently published and launches today, Father's Day, 2018.
Jed is offering the first chapter for free, "Mad Father, Dutiful Son." You can learn more about his new book and can get the free chapter by simply clicking on this link: http://menalive.com/my-distant-dad/
The father wound was central to the rallying call of the baby boom generation of men as we gathered to explore manhood when we were entering midlife over 30 years ago. Our fathers, members of the “Greatest Generation,” were also men who came back from WWII and didn’t speak about hard truths. Often as a result, there were those among them who could be heavy handed and crush their children's spirits; and perhaps worse, the ones who went missing-in-action going out of their children’s life, tearing a hole in their psyches.
Many of our offspring are approaching midlife now, a time when unresolved issues from childhood tend to come to a head. Even though there has been more attention to parenting during the past couple of decades, the father wound is still a crucial concern.
Jed’s latest gift to humanity, his heartfelt memoir and playbook, are the companion pieces for those on the journey to heal their own unresolved wounds and inherent tendencies to wound others as a result. Thank you Jed for sharing your very personal story with us.
MCLA has provided opportunities over the past 30+ years for men to explore what it means to be a man. Our retreats have been safe venues for men to heal their wounds and set new courses for transforming their lives to have improved relationships with themselves and others. Our 32nd Annual Sacred Path Men’s Retreat is scheduled at Gindling Hilltop Camp, north of Malibu, from Thursday, December 6th through Sunday, December 9th. Advance registration is now open.
Happy Father’s Day,