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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Reprint edition (May 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470876476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470876473
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 18.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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From the popular radio series This I Believe comes this touching and thought-provoking compilation of original essays on one of the most fundamental of human relationships—fatherhood. It is a relationship filled with joy and heartbreak, love and anger, lessons learned, and opportunities missed.

The stories in this collection are engaging and meaningful. Some are reverential and loving; some are sad and clouded by yearning, loss, and regret. You'll read reflections from expectant and new dads, full of optimism, as well as from longtime parents who, through the distance of time, are able to reflect on their successes and failures as fathers.

We also hear from children (some young and some well into adulthood) writing about their fathers. They honestly and openly introduce us to the men who shaped them, sometimes in surprising ways. They talk about the fathers they want to emulate, the mistakes they hope to avoid repeating, and the wisdom they realized they've gained.

This I Believe: On Fatherhood offers a compelling portrait of the diverse range of experiences and beliefs related to the father-child relationship. With personal insights and inspiration, this collection makes a wonderful gift for longtime fathers, new fathers, and fathers-to-be.

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Excerpts from This I Believe: On Fatherhood

"As much as I resisted it, in a way, I became him. People compare me to my father. I'm proud of that. I just had to do some living to see it."—Lawrence Newton, Washington, DC

"I'm not 'watching the kids' in my wife's absence, and I am not the stand-in parental unit. Being my boys' father entitles me to all of the benefits and responsibilities of the job, all of the time."—Jeff Sloan, Colorado

"I sat there in the dark, surrounded by the soothing sounds and smells of my baby's room, and I thought of how Dad must have felt when I was born. I knew at that moment that he never intended to hurt me. I realized that he loved me just as I loved my son."—Bryan McGuire, Illinois

"Pride in achievement. Joy in effort. Work as play. My father never attended college, but he knew these truths. He learned them on the basketball court, and he taught them to me."—Nick Capo, Illinois

"No one fills the shoes of a father. But the footprint that the man who fathered them left behind does not have to stay empty."—Michele Weldon, Illinois

". . . when I see all three of my kids laughing, when I think about how much less my life would have been if I'd settled for what I thought I'd wanted, I realize I don't much care about the sensible things I once did."—Claude Knobler, California

"We sat in silence for the nearly twenty-hour drive. He didn't say much, but he didn't have to. Without a speech, my father lived the lesson he was trying to teach me for so long. He really didn't ever give up—even on me."—M. C. Hackett, Ohio

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I am a huge fan of This I Believe pod casts and use them frequently in my lesson plans for my adult students. A friend is in the midst of an adoption process. As soon as I heard about This I Believe on Fatherhood, I knew that I had to buy it for him. He was absolutely delighted with this most thoughtful gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Another highly inspirational collection in the "This I Believe" series. Aug. 11 2011
By Gary Sawicke - Published on
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Book is a series of short (2-3 pages each) contributions by everyday people. They inspire and stir us to think about our lives, about relationships with others, and what is really of value in life. It's a very worthwhile read. I highly recommend it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining and inspiring Aug. 27 2011
By Suzanne S. Barnhill - Published on
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I purchased this as a Father's Day/birthday gift for my son-in-law, but of course I had to pre-read it to make sure it was suitable! I enjoyed it very much and hope he will as well.

I'm a big fan of the "This I Believe" series, and this anthology is an outstanding collection that would make a great gift for anyone who is, is about to be, or has had a father.
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Big Change Jan. 9 2013
By Robert J. Donnelly - Published on
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both my daughters are pregnant with their first children. I gave this book to my sons-in-law and it's companion to my daughters this holiday season.
Great Gift Idea for Father's Day June 26 2014
By Marie's Movies - Published on
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This is a great collection of stories and essays on what it means to be a "father." I have purchased several copies in the past and offered them as gifts to young fathers.
very good stories -- interesting takes on fatherhood. very thought provoking. July 28 2013
By Kingston E Bowen - Published on
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enjoyed reading through the stories. i was able to make connections to my own father & my children through many of the stories.