Dean Allan H. Cole Jr. publishes book of essays reflecting on fatherhood, faith

Dean Allan H. Cole Jr.’s latest book, Fathers in Faith: Reflections on Parenthood and a Christian Life, has been published by Cascade Books. It features eleven essays reflecting on the joys, sorrows, challenges, and mysteries of fatherhood and living a Christian life. Personal, honest stories, commonly shared among circles of mothers, are refreshingly told from the perspective of fathers in this collection. Fathers in Faith invites readers to examine the shared experiences of parenthood and fosters wisdom, solidarity, perspective, and hope for parents of children of all ages.

Cole is the editor of this book and one of the contributors. Others contributors include: M. Craig Barnes, president and professor of pastoral ministry and leadership at Princeton Theological Seminary; Dale Brown, founding director of the Buechner Institute and chairperson of the Department of English at King College in Bristol, Tennessee; Rodney R. Clapp, editor with Wipf and Stock Publishers; Martin B. Copenhaver, senior pastor of Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, Massachusetts; Greg Garrett, acclaimed writer and professor of English at Baylor University; Albert Y. Hsu, editor at InterVarsity Press; David H. Jensen, professor of reformed theology at Austin Seminary; Eric Kolbell, minister and licensed psychotherapist; Michael Lindvall, pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City and a member of Austin Seminary’s Board of Trustees; and Anthony B. Robinson, a noted author, consultant, and ordained minister.

Allan H. Cole Jr., is the academic dean and professor in the Nancy Taylor Williamson Distinguished Chair in Pastoral Care at Austin Seminary. He is also the author, co-author, or editor of eight books, including The Faith and Friendships of Teenage Boys (2012), A Spiritual Life: Perspectives from Poets, Prophets, and Preachers (2011), The Life of Prayer (2009), and Good Mourning (2008). He is father to two daughters.

Fathers in Faith is currently available through Wipf and Stock Publishers ( and will soon be available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers.


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