Between Two Fathers

Between Two Fathers
by Dr. Charles Barg

“A father is always doing one or the other—giving life to his son or removing it—there are no in-betweens.”

—Dr. Charles Barg, Between Two Fathers

Everyone in town looked up to Louis Barg. He presided over the boards of the local synagogue, the hospital, the Jewish Home for the Aged, the Lions’ Club, and served as international vice president of the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith. In short, he was a pillar in the Jewish community, and highly esteemed in Gentile society. People constantly sought out his opinion, advice and wisdom.

Without a doubt, his biggest admirer was his son Charles. As a young boy, Charles eagerly anticipated the day when he would be successful, powerful and influential—just like his Dad. But what’s a devoted son to do when he realizes that his childhood hero isn’t perfect after all?

Between Two Fathers is an intimate portrait of a Jewish boy’s journey to adulthood. With warmth, insight and humor, Dr. Barg shares what it’s like to grow up in the shadow of such an influential man. Brushes with famous people such as Jack Ruby, John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley and other popular musicians of the time, highlight this wonderful collection of memoirs. You will be captivated as Charles vividly recalls his leap from rock musician to medical school, his controversial decision to marry a Gentile woman against his parents’ wishes, and the most difficult choice he’s ever had to make—between faith in Jesus and his father’s approval.

Dr. Barg expertly captures the tension so many of us have felt between wanting to please a loved one, and yet search for truth. Rarely does a book come along which can be read, understood and enjoyed by so many. Between Two Fathers is much more than an autobiography…it is a son’s moving tribute to both his father on earth and his Father in Heaven.

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