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Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett

By Debi Lantzer @debiL1611

Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin and Pat BarrettGood Good Father by Chris TomlinPat Barrett
Published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing on October 4th 2016
Genres: Christian, Family, General, Relationships, Religious, Young Adult
Pages: 32
Format: Paperback

As soon as I saw this book, Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett, I knew I just had to have it.  You see, the wonderful praise team leader at my awesome church and his beautiful wife recently received a gift from God – their baby boy.   The colors for the baby shower many months ago were black and white with a splash of what I call aqua.  (I’m not sure of the correct name of the color, but that’s what I’ll call it here.) An added theme for the shower was that lions were included. We had so much fun putting the decorations together, so whenever I see anything that includes lions, I immediately think of that baby.  This book has the other angle too – I mean come on, Chris Tomlin wrote the book? Again, my mind went to our praise team leader.  I couldn’t imagine a book that would be more in line with beautiful baby fondly known as #hankchuck.


Chris Tomlin has written songs that are sung by more people on a weekly basis than any other songwriter in the world. Now, his most recent single and K-LOVE “Song of the Year,” Good Good Father, lends inspiration to the children’s picture book of the same name, available Oct. 4, 2016. This delightful story is Tomlin’s first book for children, co-written with Pat Barrett, and will leave little ones with a greater understanding of who God is and of who they are because they are loved by Him.

“What an exciting journey to write my first children’s book,” said Tomlin. “Being a dad makes this so special. It’s my prayer that Good Good Father helps children understand the amazing reality that we can call God our Father, that we are His beloved sons and daughters. It’s a simple, yet powerful story—one that has been kid-tested in my own home and a joy to watch my girls experience.”

You’ve heard a thousand stories of what the good King is like. Now discover His great love for your child! Grammy Award-winning music artist, Chris Tomlin, and Pat Barrett (Housefires), team up to tell the story of a little bear named Tucker whose life and townspeople are forever changed when they learn just how great the King’s love is for them. When Tucker’s friends need help, he goes to see the King who lives in a castle where the door is always open. Tucker wants to take the perfect gift to the King in hopes he will be convinced to help.

Along the way, Tucker encounters a variety of humorous animals filled with advice who leave him confused about what the King is like. He doubts whether the King would be willing to help. Just as Tucker is ready to give up, he meets the King who runs to him with open arms offering love, acceptance, and help. With whimsical art created by Lorna Hussey, this precious story will leave children, young and old, reassured that God is a good, good Father, and they are loved by Him.


In my haste to get the book over to the baby’s parents, I failed to get a picture so I could post it here. (Okay, it’s true – my haste was to get that baby in my arms and cuddle him up, and give the parents the book.) From what I’ve been told, they love the book and will enjoy reading it with the baby when story time comes in the future.  (I included a little lion since it seemed to go so well.)


With 10 albums, 13 #1 radio singles, a Grammy Award, 21 Dove Awards, and two platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music. His songs include “How Great Is Our God,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Our God,” and most recently “Good Good Father,” to name a few. It is estimated that each week 20–30 million people sing one of Tomlin’s songs in worship. More than anything, Chris loves being a husband to Lauren and a daddy to Ashlyn and Madison. Pat Barrett is a husband, father, songwriter, and worship leader based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He is the worship pastor of Grace-Midtown Church and cowriter of the #1 song “Good Good Father.” Pat also travels with Housefires, a worship expression based out of the Atlanta area.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins without cost in exchange for my honest review.

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