Christian Leyden grew up fatherless, and it had a profound effect on him. He didn’t fit in and didn’t know how to fit in. He turned to drugs and other things to fit in with people, and his life spiraled out of control. That deep-seated need for place in the world and relationship could not be filled with those things. Then Christian found what was missing.


Teesha Dymond grew up the first eight years of her life without knowing her father. After she met her father and got to know him, she learned she might have been better without him. The issues she had led her to question why she was even born and not to care whether she lived or died. After difficulty with her mother, she struck out on her own, going from job to job, trying to make ends meet, and became depressed. She knew something needed to change. For some reason, she doesn’t even know why, she picked up a Bible and began to read it. That’s when things started to change.

Anita Burchfield’s mother was from South America. Her mother was abandoned by her father, and Anita’s father abandoned her. She was an outsider in the small southern town in which she grew up, of mixed ethnic background and living in a fatherless home. She searched for what she was missing in sex, relationships, security and work among other things. This is her story of going from abandonment to acceptance.