Honor Thy Father

First and foremost, thank you to all who have read my blog posts and my book, “Homey’s Adventures.” 

If you have been following closely, you would know that I have finished my second book and I am the process of getting it edited. More precisely, the edit is due for completion today. It is too early to start writing my third book because after the editing on my second book is completed, I need to find a literary agent and get it published. This can be a difficult time-consuming process that lasts up to 6 months. 

After saying all that I still have dreams about my third book. I do not have a detailed outline or a story board, but I thought about writing my third book even before I finished my first book. Not only have I told my friends and family about this book, but I also wrote my first book ending so that it would lead into my third book. 

My long-conceived idea is to honor my father by traveling the country and meeting the descendants of the men who he saved during World War II.  Whatever else my father was, he was a bonified hero. He received an air medal and citation for calculating a way to get his crippled plane back from a bombing mission over Japan. An air medal is equivalent to the Army’s bronze star. He saved the lives of 11 of his fellow crewmen. My book concept is to seek out the descendants of the saved men and write about my meetings. By doing so, I would get to know people who may not have existed if not for my father’s heroism.  

In my book “Homey’s Adventures,” I describe my reconciliation with my father before he died of Mesothelioma Cancer. He could have contracted this disease from asbestos exposure working on airplane brakes during World War II. So, this is another reason he was a hero. The reason I needed to reconcile with him is because during my childhood he drank too much. 

He would frequently come home on pay day drunk. I even saw him slap my mother once after she confronted him for his drinking. Fortunately for me, I did reconcile with him. I say this because I believe honoring thy father is an important commandant from God. The commandment does not say: Honor your father if he behaves himself. It says simply honor you father and mother. I also believe that following this commandment allows us to get closer to God. 

In support of this, I found this online: 

Many atheists assert that people’s belief in God is a subconscious result of their good fathers. Why not instead assert that people subconsciously reject God because of their lousy, abusive, or absent fathers? This is called “the defective father” hypothesis. Vitz, in his book, lists many famous atheists from history –such as Sartre, Voltaire, and Netizche and shows that all these men had either dead fathers, weak fathers, or abusive fathers. For instance, H.G. Wells’ father spent time playing cricket, drinking, and gambling instead of looking after his family’s businesses. 

In contrast, Christians like Pascal, Wilberforce, and G.K. Chesterton, all had positive fathers or surrogate fathers. Pascal was “home-schooled” and accompanied his father to the philosophical lectures of his day. Wilberforce’s father died at a young age, but was looked after by his uncle, who introduced his nephew to Methodism. 

I reconciled with my hero father before his death, and I believe this helped my relationship with God. I cannot prove it because it is my faith that makes me feel this way. I love God as my father with my heart, soul, and mind. By honoring my father, I am also honoring God. 

If you want to learn more about Jim and Homey, please visit my website: www.homeysadventures.com. You can read the first two chapters for free there. You can also buy my book from the website or Amazon or many other fine retailers. Just search for “Homey’s Adventures” by Jim Wish. 

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Jim Wish is a pen name of a romance novelist. He wrote Homey's Adventure which was published in January of 2020.

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