Month: August 2012

To Be Perfectly Honest

I had never heard of Phil Callaway prior to this book review. To be perfectly honest, I could not resist the pun, I thought he looked a lot like Larry David and was not sure what I was in for when I signed up for the book. Am I ever so glad that I did, because this was hilarious.

Callaway’s premise for the book (which is more like a journal or diary) was what he calls a “truth dare”. The challenge was to “…tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth for an entire year.” Think about that for a moment; to tell the truth and be completely honest with everyone. How would you do for one day? Imagine taking the challenge for an entire year. I feel I am a person that always tells the truth, but to be perfectly honest (sorry could not resist the temptation again) this would be a challenge.

With that being said, if you have ever wanted to read something that is a filled with laughs generated from everyday life, then this would be a fun read. It is not a long book and reads quickly and easily. You do not have to take any challenges while reading this book, but you might be inspired to increase truth and honesty in your personal life.

Click to Read Chapter One of the book for a preview. I think you’ll enjoy it, too. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

All Pro Dad

Are you the type of dad that understands and loves sports? If you are this dad and want a guide to being a good dad, then Mark Merrill’s All Pro Dad is the book for you.

Merrill takes concepts of fatherhood and principles of “just being a good dad” that each man with children need to be aware of, and communicates them in a method that reads like a playbook for any professional sports team. All Pro Dad has a huge sports theme and has lots of quotes from “professional” dads like Tony Dungy, Jeb Bush, JB Brown, and Truett Cathy. It is an easy read that takes something very hard and makes it manageable with a few tips and a lot of prayer.

Merrill’s foundation is built upon two principles he calls Fatherhood Fundamentals. These are: love and leadership. His thoughts are that men that want to be the best dads that they can be will focus on these two fundamentals. This is done through his list of 7M’s. You’ll have to read the book to learn more about what these are.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book.

  • “We weren’t designed to love inanimate objects. Objects are not capable of receiving or giving love; only people are.”
  • “…love is all about–investing with no expectation of return.”
  • “Your leadership of your family will grow in direct proportion to the love that you show your family.”
  • “Patience is choosing to control your emotions rather than letting your emotions control you.”
  • “We want to believe the myth that all we need is quality time with our kids. But, our kids need quantity time.”

Would I recommend this book? Sure, it’s an easy read that gives great advice. Any dad would benefit from it. This is a book review for BookSneeze.com. I was not paid for this review.

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