IRONDALE, Ala., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- When John Finch was 11 years old, his father committed suicide.
As a result, the fatherless boy, who grew up in government-assisted housing, would become a self-described social alcoholic, a traveling salesman with an unlimited account, and a "Johnny Good Time" life-of-the-party kind of guy, who was always ready to buy a round of drinks.
"I was trying to get affirmation from others because I didn't get it from my dad," Finch says as he looks back over the first 30 years of his life. "My mom was the sweetest angel in the world. If it wasn't for her, no telling where I would be. But she couldn't be a dad."
Underneath all the bluster, Finch says "Johnny Good Time" was also an angry guy. "Growing up without a dad, I bought into everything the world said you should be as a real man: money, power, sex. Not having a father to walk alongside me, I was lost."
About six years ago, a friend brought up the concept of a "father wound."
"In that conversation, God planted a seed. I started to understand the issues I had and how it was a result of the suffering I experienced after my dad abandoned me. If my dad didn't want to have anything to do with me, then I bet God was the same way. God began to show me more and more about my father; how he too grew up without a father. It was a generational thing I didn't even know existed. I said, 'This is going to stop here.'"
The result is a new apostolate, The Perfect Father Ministries, and a powerful 60 minute docu-drama, "The Father Effect," which airs 10 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 3; 1 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Dec. 7; 5 a.m. ET, Friday, Dec. 9; and 5 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 10 on EWTN, www.ewtn.com/channelfinder. Find out more at www.TheFatherEffect.com.
Viewers of both sexes will benefit from Finch's interviews with more than 80 people from all walks of life, and from the solutions they provide.
As the testimonials on Finch's website demonstrate, this film has been truly life-changing for many fathers and for their wives. Please share this with everyone you know and tune in. Even if you feel you're already a pretty good dad, this just may provide you with answers to questions you didn't even know you had.
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