Book Title: Between Two Fathers
Author: Charles Barg
Date Published: August 1, 2002
Publisher: Purple Pomegranate
Genre: 1. Religious
2. Christian Living
3. Religion & Spirituality
ISBN: 978-1881022121
Reviewer: Naomi Rothstein

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? Where does devotion end and self-discovery begin?

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.

He writes, “I was Dad’s student, traveling companion, employee, and later in life, manager of his medical care. I alternately enjoyed him, quarreled with him, deeply resented him and loved him beyond belief.” Brushes with famous people such as Jack Ruby, John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley and other popular figures of the time highlight this collection of memoirs. You will be captivated as Charles vividly recalls his leap from promising rock musician to medical school, his controversial decision to marry Linda 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 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 that can be read, understood and enjoyed by so many. Between Two Fathers is much more than an autobiography; it is a thoughtful exploration of the often complex parent-child relationship, and a moving tribute to both his father on earth and his Father in heaven.