Friday, June 3, 2011

Book review and giveaway (closed): First-Time Dad


Congrats to my winners: Kimberly and nannypanpan 


Recently I had the opportunity to review a new book by John Fuller entitled First-Time Dad. Here's a bit about the book from the publisher's website:
Perhaps the most powerful influence in the world is that of a dad on his child. Baseball gloves, dirty diapers, tiny little hands, first days of school, daddy-daughter dances, and learner's permits... and so much more! There's no way you can be ready for it all, but this is when you need to get a bit of a head start...

First Time Dad by Focus on the Family ministry veteran (and father of 6) John Fuller lets you in on the stuff you really need to know... because in just a few months or weeks or days, your life is going to change--forever. Set good priorities. Break bad habits and/or family patterns. Recognize and recover from some common fathering mistakes. Know that your words have immense power. And learn how to cultivate a lasting parent-child relationship. So, instead of wondering "oh man, oh man, oh man... what am I going to do now?" for 9 months... read this short book (plus it's pretty fun too) and get excited!

"Dad, your job is critical... And you can do it."
Obviously, I am neither a dad nor a first-time parent, but I still got so much encouragement and inspiration from this book. The book itself is really short, so when I first picked it up I wasn't expecting much. But as I got into the chapters, I was amazed by how much information was included.  The author manages to hit on so many important topics- from preparing for the big life change when the baby arrives, to guarding your marriage, to helping your child have a strong spiritual formation, and many other topics as well.  It's not a guide for specific problems or situations in parenting, but rather a discussion of the big picture issues that dads (and moms!) need to think about and prepare for. Each chapter is short, with relevant examples and stories, a discussion of the topic at hand, and suggested resources for further reading. 

I think this book would be a wonderful addition to any Christian family's bookshelf, and a great gift for the dad-to-be in your life. 

I have good news- I'm giving away two copies of First-Time Dad! Open to US mailing addresses only, please.

Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
Let me know who you'd give this book to

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Giveaway will close at 9PM Pacific time on July 2, 2011. I'll choose winners with random.org and will email those people who will then have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

39 comments:

Nicole-Lynn said...

Very nice! I'd give this book to my best friends husband. They're expecting twins in August and this would be perfect to give him to read before their arrival.

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I already follow publicly w/ GFC (nicole-lynn)

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I already subscribe via email.

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bitt said...

my brother in law...he's a new dad.

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nannypanpan said...

a friend of my nieces having their first baby
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I have a good friend expecting for the first time, I'd give it to him. Thanks!
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Steph said...

I'd love to give this book to my sister's BF

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moushka said...

This would be for my brother-in-law...they just had a baby.

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Kimberly said...

I'd give this to my husband. We're having our first baby in November.
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