I recently received a publicity email for Patrick McKnight's book "Daddy Loves You" and requested an 'E-copy' of it which I have commenced to read. My life is extremely busy but I am determined to read this book because the issue of 'Paternal' relationships with children is close to my heart given the almost psychotic need for women's groups to grind men into the dust. Today though I just wish to draw attention to the book and will do so by providing readers with the publicity material.
September 29, 2013 Book Review
When Patrick McKnight was incarcerated in 2006, he soon began to realize the things in his outside life that he had taken for granted. Especially his relationship with his children. Stuck in a jail that didn't allow visits from children under the age of eighteen, Patrick didn't see his own for nearly three years. During his time, he wrote a novel inspired by what he learned firsthand about parental love. In his new novel Daddy Loves You, McKnight sets a dramatic landscape upon which to talk about different aspects of parenting. The main character, Chad, fights through visitation battles with his ex-wife, tries to form a relationship with his daughter after a long absence in her life, and deals with the question of how to financially ensure her future.
"I went to prison when my kids were young," says McKnight, "and they were all I could think about for a while. I had abandoned my kids, like Chad, and like my own father did me, and it was killing me inside. The effects of a missing parent don't stop at a young age. I ran across a lot of young boys, only seventeen or eighteen years old while I was in prison, and you could tell that the only reason they were there was because they didn't have fathers around. It's really sad. My kids needed me and I couldn't get to them. That pain inspired what I wrote."
Major themes in the book include:
The importance of parents being involved in the lives of their children
How children can consciously or unconsciously pick up on the habits of their parents
Pushing amicable relations between parents, even when they're divorced
The extremes that people are capable of when it comes to providing for their family
Children as the future and the importance of helping them to grow
In Daddy Loves You, McKnight paints a vivid picture about the importance of good parenting through realistic characters and dramatic situations. The resultant story will have you on an emotional rollercoaster.
Patrick McKnight is an author, filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. He directed and starred in Frat House XO, winner of The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival in 2004. After this success, McKnight was sent to prison in 2006 for charges related to marijuana. During his time there he was inspired by a fellow inmate to write a book. That book is Daddy Loves You. He currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with his three children.