Rising to the Ultimate Challenge

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Beloved NBA player, poet, youth advocate, and devoted dad Etan Thomas speaks from his heart on what matters most in his life: being there for his children. As a participant in President Obama's Fatherhood Initiative, Etan has reached out to young men (often young fathers) in the juvenile detention system and in local communities. He knows firsthand the difference having a father in your life can make. Now he brings together a chorus of voices--athletes and coaches, performers, politicians and leaders of faith--to weigh in on the importance of being a father today. Isaiah Washington, Howard Dean, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Taye Diggs, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tony Hawk, Al Sharpton, Chuck D, and many more share what they've learned from being a father, having a father, or in some cases not having a father around. By taking an active role as fathers, men not only find their own lives more joyful and fulfilling--they pass on to the next generation a legacy of love, wisdom, responsibility, and strength.--From publisher description
Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2012
ISBN: 9780451236739
Branch Call Number: 306.8742 Thom
Characteristics: xxii, 291 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Chiles, Nick


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ggbookreader Oct 24, 2012

*Insightful. *Informative. *Educational. This was a well-developed manuscript and worth-while reading material. It would be a great reference for men that are fathers and those considering becoming fathers. This book offers real-life experiences told by several different men and their viewpoint about fatherhood; and some of the men tell about how they felt about their fathers and the hopes they have for their child or children based on their experiences as a child. Each man expresses how his childhood has an impact on his life now and how he hopes to have a positive impact on his child or children now and in the future. Readers may use the real-life experiences from this book in their parenting or try to avoid some of the negative the fathers speak about to make their child's life or children's lives a little better than their own childhood was.


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