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Becoming a Dad: A Spiritual, Emotional and Practical Guide

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Preparing to be a dad has more to do with bravely facing the deep questions of your soul than mastering the mechanics of baby care (although, that's really important too). Fatherhood is a journey o
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 22nd 2005 by Relevant Books (first published 2005)
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Jan 08, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sam by: Renee Potter
This is a fun, engaging, and encouraging book. More practical than technical, the authors seek to encourage men to embrace the excitement, mystery, and confusion of fatherhood. They challenge men to live life boldly and fully, to love their wives and children passionately, and to risk personal pain in order to lead and love their children.

Being a father does not mean having all the answers, fulfilling some cultural picture of masculinity, or raising kids that "do right." Being a father means se
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Apr 18, 2012 Chris Giovagnoni rated it liked it
I read this book twice. By accident. Which is one indicator of how worthwhile I thought it was.

I first read the book two years ago, before my first child was born. The book's emphasis is on "becoming" a dad, which was timely during my first read, but what I was getting into was such an unknown that much of what the book addresses was lost on me. I learn by doing more than by reading.

This time through, I connected with the text through some of the shared experiences, but because of this I felt t
Jan 24, 2009 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dads
Recommended to Aaron by: Relevant Magazine
I really liked this book. It's written by two christian guys, both counselors. They really cut right to the heart of what being a dad (and an many ways, being a man, and being a christian) means. You have all sorts of responsibility, you have a certain amount of influence and power, you have very little real control... and guess what? You're going to screw it up. You will fall flat on your face. But, the great thing is, life isn't lived in the perfect moments only, but in recovery and repentance ...more
Chris Monks
Feb 11, 2014 Chris Monks rated it it was ok
Although I did gain some important knowledge from this book I was troubled that the authors took the perspective of the father being the number one provider for his family while the wife stays at home with the kids. Three months after my baby is born I'll be a stay at home dad.
Tim Lapetino
Oct 06, 2011 Tim Lapetino rated it really liked it
This was a great book that deals much more with the ways to think *about* becoming a father rather than how exactly to do it. The authors are both counselors and look at the parenting task through a spiritual lens and deal with the specific hurdles and challenges of fatherhood. So glad it was the first book I read in prep for our kid.
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Stephen James, LPC, MHSP, NCC is a private practice psychotherapist in Nashville, TN where he provides individual, couples, and group therapy as well as organizational and leadership consulting.

He received his MA in Counseling from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and his BA in English from Belmont
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