Joel Engle grew up without a dad. His mother died when he was 11 years old. The pain of his childhood almost destroyed his life as an adult. The Father I Never Had is a story of how God's love slowly transformed a broken and dysfunctional young man into a whole and loving husband and dad. It is a raw, honest and open look into the pain and redemption of Joel's spiritual and emotional journey with God.
I am so glad Joel is finally putting his story in a book. It is a compelling story of the grace and power of God. I have known Joel for many years and have so much respect for his passion to see people live out their lives for God's fame. You will soon read in The Father I Never Had that Joel understands life doesn't play fair. But we are sons and daughters of a perfect Father and He holds us all together.
Chris Tomlin Dove Award Winning Recording Artist, Six-Steps Records
The Father I Never Had is one of those books that you will read voraciously due to the story of redemption.but will come back to time and again as a resource and tool for ministry in your own life as well as for use in ministry to others. Joel has known abandonment, rejection, and the subsequent anger, disillusionment, and shame that go hand in hand with sin - even as a believer in and follower of Jesus Christ.yet he has found what we all are indeed looking for. THE Answer. To know a father's love - THE Father's love - and to BE KNOWN is the deepest desire of every human existence. Do you desire to know Him and to be known by Him more deeply than you thought possible? Read The Father I Never Had.
Dennis Jernigan Song Writer (You Are My All In All), Recording Artist
"No matter what your relationship with your earthly father, this book will point you to the only Father who will never disappoint you and never stop loving you. Joel Engle has long been a favorite of all of us at FCA. His music and testimony have touched thousands of hearts for the Lord. From the moment you pick up Joel s book, his transparency and life lessons will encourage you and bring you to understand many of life s most important questions."
Les Steckel Veteran NFL Coach and President, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
"The Father I Never Had is a powerful story that will have you gripped from the first page to the last. Joel Engle uses his life journey to draw the reader in, knowing that the redemptive truth in these pages will change lives for God's glory. Read it, and you'll never be the same."
David Nasser Author of A Call to Die, International Communicator, David Nasser Outreach About the Author:
Joel Engle can be described as passionate. As a Christian musician, speaker and author, Joel has traveled the world sharing the hope of Jesus Christ. His songs have been heard all over the world on Christian radio and in front of thousands of people in live events; however, Joel has always been a pastor at heart. He has been married to Valerie for over 15 years and has four amazing children: Elizabeth, Evelyn, Elaine and Ethan.