Battaglia goes on to say that “The good thing about faith, and particularly faith in a God who is everlasting,is that we have standards, not to deny us joy, but to protect us from ourselves, often. If children have no role model at home that says here’s what a man is, here’s how a man acts, here’s how a man treats a woman or other people, then we see what’s happening in our country today.” Battaglia and Pellegrino describe this ideal as a top-down relationship in which God’s example of loving perfection and everlasting standards of fatherhood are passed down to earthy fathers, and from fathers to their children, who continue the cycle. When this cycle is broken, culture becomes broken along with it. The great numbers of angry, broken, fatherless people of our generation attest to this.

In one of the most moving moments of the interview, Battaglia identifies the source of many millennials’ anger, a source that reveals one of the weaknesses of postmodern thought, saying that, “a lot of anger comes from fear, because that’s where anger comes from, and fear comes from not having an understanding of who loves you so that you don’t have to be afraid. It goes back to that primal element that a child needs.” Refusing the truth of fatherhood ideals leads to confusion and fear and uncertainty. Children need to know who loves them. Christian or not—everyone can agree to that.

And of the men who do fulfill their responsibilities, who love and care for their children? Battaglia and Pellegrino use their book, and their movement, which can be found at, to bring attention to the dads who are doing it right. Battaglia describes their work as “necessary to counterbalance a lot of what the media is suggesting out there and a lot of the caricatures we’ve seen. This book is a pendulum swing, in a sense, to help people understand the Biblical role of a father and how vital it is to the maintenance of culture and society as a whole.” In that sense, “That’s My Dad” is wholly successful, each interview bringing out truths about the nature of fatherhood that we can all learn from.

This Father’s Day, recognize your father, or the figure, whether it be an uncle, a grandpa, or a teacher, who has stepped in to fill the role. Take time to recognize their value, and maybe, just maybe, set aside some time to get to know him. Pellegrino, speaking of how a child might better know their father, says to “go to where their passion is. Take an interest in their interests. It shows that you care, and that you’re making an effort to get to know that.” When people know someone cares about them, they open up, and that openness and transparency are what made a relationship real.

Fathers, do the same for your children. If any lesson is to be taken from “That’s My Dad,” it’s that the positive relationship formed and nurtured by both father and child is vitally important, and that it is important that this relationship be passed on to the next generations. In that way, we might move, as a culture, back toward a place of peace, where we do not have to be afraid, because we know who loves us. We’ll be able to say, with pride.

“That’s my dad.”