The Father Effect movie shows the impact of our Heavenly Father’s love in spite of father wounds

The Father Effect movie poster.

Nine out of 10 people have a father wound, according to statistics from The Father Effect movie.  

A father wound, according to The Father Effect, carries into adulthood from childhood from previously inflicted wounds from a child’s father. Some of these father wounds include when a child is abandoned by his or her father, when his or her parents divorce or when the child experiences feelings, such as feeling unimportant to his or her father.  

“When a child is abandoned from the death [of his or her father] or faces divorce [from his or her parents], the child feels unimportant or not cherished,” storyteller and creator of The Father Effect, John Finch told Atlanta Christian Voice. “It results in trust issues because you think that everyone will abandon you. Not everyone will get to know you fully. You keep people at arm’s length because you think that people are going to abandon you.” 

“[A father wound] results in trust issues because you think that everyone will abandon you,” storyteller and creator of The Father Effect, John Finch told Atlanta Christian Voice. “Not everyone will get to know you fully. You keep people at arm’s length because you think that people are going to abandon you.” 

A father wound can occur in various ways.  

“A father wound has many forms,” Finch told Atlanta Christian Voice. “It can be what a father did or did not say. It can be a dad, who said the negative things like, ‘You never amount to anything.’ It can be verbally abusive. It can also be something that the father did nor did not do.” 

Women are largely affected by father wounds in many ways.  

When women are rejected by their fathers, they will be promiscuous by having sex with other men, act out and do things, such as drink alcohol and exercise excessively. 

One of the main issues that women face when dealing with a father wound is a lack of social skills. 

“If you look at a lot of our social issues, many of them come back to those issues with a father wound,” Finch told Atlanta Christian Voice. “You get wounded by a dad in some form or fashion, and you try to medicate the pain with drugs, alcohol and video games that keep us from dealing with the real issue.” 

Finch emphasizes that forgiveness is key for any child to confront and deal with his or her father wound. 

“The father wound is about forgiveness,” Finch told Atlanta Christian Voice. “You have to admit you have a father wound and that you are wounded. You need to invite God into the wound and have Him come into your wound and have Him help you.” 

Finch admits that he found the salvation of Jesus Christ when he chose to confront his father wound. 

“I was raised in a Baptist church and my best friend and I got baptized at the age of nine,” Finch told Atlanta Christian Voice. “My real salvation came when I surrendered the issue of the father wound. That is when God radically changed my life and the forgiveness I found with my dad.” 

 “My real salvation came when I surrendered the issue of the father wound [to God],” Finch told Atlanta Christian Voice. “That is when God radically changed my life and the forgiveness I found with my dad.” 

Besides forgiveness, Finch stresses that transparency is important because it is a reflection of who God is as well as who God intended for our earthly fathers to be in Christ Jesus.  

“Find a Christian counselor to walk with you through that journey,” Finch told Atlanta Christian Voice. “Ultimately, It’s about finding a Christian counselor and showing him or her how to unpack the father wound and journey.” 

To find out more about The Father Effect movie and Finch, visit www.TheFatherEffect.com and www.encouragingdads.com  

 

     

John Finch
The Father Effect movie clip.
Another movie clip of The Father Effect.

 

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Sarah Dickens
Sarah Dickens is the News Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. Sarah has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University and two M.A. degrees in Global Studies and Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies from Liberty University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hopes to be licensed to practice counseling in the next few years. Sarah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she humbly serves the Lord, friends, and others at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Her two greatest passions are ministering to children and serving on the missions field. After working on the mission field in Lebanon, Japan, and Uganda, she hopes to continue taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other lands. Her favorite hobbies include blogging, ballroom dancing, making and creating art, and reading books by Christian authors while sipping a cup of tea from one of her favorite tea mugs. Her life verse from the Bible is Philippians 4:13, which states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
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