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This I Believe: On Fatherhood Hardcover – May 3 2011

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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 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,725,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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HASH(0xa80356cc) out of 5 stars Another highly inspirational collection in the "This I Believe" series. Aug. 11 2011
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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.
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HASH(0xa762c030) out of 5 stars A One-Size-Fits-All book June 8 2012
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My brother and his wife sent my wife a copy of This I Believe On Motherhood for Mother's Day. Their reason for giving her this particular book was somewhat a matter of pride (as their daughter's essay is included in the compilation). We are faithful listeners to the NPR show each week, so she thought she knew what to expect. But this book is a veritable buffet of stories on the subject, each one different from the others, yet all with a common theme. We highly recommend it to mothers of all ages; you will be touched by each and every story.
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HASH(0xa765a834) out of 5 stars A broad view Dec 10 2012
By Teresa M. Twomey - Published on
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This book, like other "This I Believe" book(s) has short, first-person stories. These give a broad overview of perceptions of Motherhood. I used it for my class "Representations of Motherhood." Several students (unprompted) said that one or more of the essays touched them deeply or expressed how they feel. I read one out loud in class to introduce them to the book - when I finished, they applauded. It also has appendix with instructions on how to write a This I Believe story.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa77843fc) out of 5 stars 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa76c193c) out of 5 stars Great radio series, Great Books June 4 2012
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Picked up for my Mom on Mother's day. I gave her other This I believe... books a while back and I noticed she had them out on a coffee table so I knew she liked them. Stories are good, not sappy or over emotional, but have a tissue ready.