Free Book: My Friend, My Hero, My Dad

My Friend, My Hero, My Dad

My Friend, My Hero, My Dad

Some of you may know that I wrote a book entitled Game Day for the Glory of God, which is set to be published by Crossway Books in September, 2008. What you may not know is that I recently wrote a second book entitled My Friend, My Hero, My Dad: The Extraordinary Influence of an Ordinary Man. As you might guess, this book is about my dad.

No one has had a greater spiritual influence on my life than my dad, and there’s no one I want to be more like. Like the title says, he’s my friend and my hero. This book details the specific ways my dad influenced me to follow Christ, and is intended to be an encouragement for mom’s, dad’s, husbands, and wives. My hope is that this book encourages you as you seek to faithfully raise your children in the fear of the Lord.

I should point out that my dad didn’t really want me to write this book. That’s because he’s humble. But I believe that I have an extraordinary dad, and that his example is compelling. My goal in writing this book was to give people a snapshot of that compelling example.

I would like to make this book available to as many people as possible. To do that I’m going to:

  • Give the book away in e-book format for free. Please feel free to pass the e-book along to as many people as you would like.
  • For those of you who hate reading e-books, a paperback version can be purchased on for $10.
  • For those of you who go to my church, we’ll be making it available very shortly.

To download a free electronic copy of the book, CLICK HERE.

To purchase a paperback copy of the book, CLICK HERE.


  • Thanks Stephen! I can’t wait to read it. No one has had greater infulence in my life (I think mom ties) than my dad. I can’t imagine where I would be if it wasn’t for my dad. He led me to the Lord as a little girl, played with me, loved me, guided me, counseled me, disciplined me, laughed with me (and at me! but there was good reason to :-) ), cried with me, and the list goes on. There is NO ONE is respect and admire more than my dad! He and my mom are my heros! I want to be like them and love the Savior like they do.

  • Briana says:

    I don’t know if we’ve ever told ya’ll this, but there are few things that persuade my husband to even think about moving to Indiana…but, one that has some serious pull is the opportunity he’d (and we as a family would) have to be influenced by your dad! I know he, along with the entire church out there, has had a profound influence on my life. I know this will be a book we eagerly read. Thanks for writing it, Stephen..what a great way to honor your dad.

  • Nathan Rutman says:

    Stephen, I just downloaded the book and read the first chapter…WOW! Thank you so much for putting together this testimony of the grace of God at work in your dad!

    I think what I like about it most so far is how in the first chapter you’ve said several times that the events weren’t like fireworks…it was just normal life for your dad. It reminds me that sometimes the glory shining through the Present can’t be seen until it’s reflected on as the Past. It’s so faith-building to be reminded that God can work powerfully through “normal” life.

    I can’t wait to read the rest!!

  • Tim says:

    OK, so I have too many books that I have to read. Must read.

    And I’m due to read one from somebody dead. I’m reading too much contemporary stuff.

    And this AM I already alternately read from Tim Keller and the bio of William Carey.

    And now this. In free e-book form.

    But I really don’t have time and I got other stuff to read.

    Drat! I downloaded it and read the first paragraph. Hooked.

    (… “begrudingly” looking for PDA and planning trip to Starbucks or Panera …)

  • Stephen Altrogge says:

    YellerDaisies – Sounds like your mom and dad are like mom. God is so kind to give us parents who are heroes!

    Briana – Maybe this will finally convince Lawrence that it’s time to move out here!

    Nathan – I think looking back on God’s past grace is such a good reminder of his future grace. It’s so encouraging to see God at work, because it gives me faith that he’ll continue working.

    Tim – This is an easy read! I hope it’s helpful…

  • Trillia says:

    What a wonderful way to honor your dad Stephen! I can imagine he’s a bit embarassed by the whole thing (in a sincerely humble way)! I look forward to reading it but most of all my first thought was I’m going to forward it to my sweet husband. I am sure it will be a great encouragement, challenge and inspiration for him as he leads our family and mostly our son Weston!


  • Erich says:

    Being able to hang out with you and David has allowed me to ask questions about your relationship with your Dad. Hearing the two of you talk about him, in such a way I’ve never heard teenage sons talk about their father before has been a huge encouragement. I’ve been able to use your father’s example to create good times and memories with my children from talking with the both of you!! Thank-you!! The first time I met your father, I realized there was something authentic there that I’d never seen before.

  • tia says:

    Finished the book! Your dad’s example of serving your mom & all those family memories were really fun(!) & encouraging to read :] I’m going to have to “borrow” some family memory ideas! Maybe not the cowboy one exactly but maybe a version of it — haha.

    (By the way, not a big deal but just thought you might want to know . . . on page 107, I think you wrote “Dom” instead of “Mom”!)

  • Stephen Altrogge says:

    Trillia – I hope your husband finds the book encouraging as he seeks to raise your son in the fear of the Lord!

    Erich – I love seeing you hang with your boys. And they crack me up, big-time. I can’t wait to see how God uses you and them for his glory.

    Tia – Feel free to “borrow” all you want! And thanks for pointing out the typo…

  • Mark's sister says:

    Page 22 is hilarious. I’ve experienced Mark’s frantic attempt to change the channel by hitting the mute button.

  • Bob says:


    I stumbled across your blog from listening to the interview that you did with C.J. on your new book. As a father, coach and participant I found your talk right on target and the emotions that you experienced on the court. I also have experienced both the good and not so good emotions.

    When I saw this book I didn’t want to read it. Why? Because I could never say or use the title of the book to describe my relationship with my Dad.

    I did downlaod it and I appreciate you making it available free. I want to read it, but it will be hard, I want to read it not for how it reminds me of my Dad, but how I’m impacting my kids and the relationship that I have with them.

    This may not be a timely post compared to others but nothing just happens. Thanks!

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