ON-Lion Letter
Lewis Kostiner is a Chicago-based photographer who became involved with the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), travelled to community-based NFI programs, and met with and photographed fathers and children.  His new Choosing Fatherhood:  America's Second Chance presents his photos in an elegant volume, with thorough narrative captioning.

The book explores issues surrounding fatherhood, and the effects of absentee fathers, as no previous book has done.  Its portraits of dads who are involved in their children's lives are accompanied by essays written by leading authorities on the subject.

Getting fathers to be more involved in their children's lives is of paramount importance, if the United States is to regain ground as an international leader.  Right now, the statistics look grim:  40 years ago, only 11% of America's children lived in homes without fathers, but today more than one-third do.  This translates into high poverty rates, high dropout rates in high school, high rates of incarceration, multiple behavioral problems, and the list goes on.

From George F. Thompson Publishing, Choosing Fatherhood offers hope that America does have a second chance at correcting a troubling trend -- but time is slipping, and awareness of the problem is an important start.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports NFI.
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