A Father Is a Gift

Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $1.99   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Hardcover New 0446531154 Brand New Condition. Fast Shipping. Ships International. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Ships from: Mesa, AZ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Hardcover New 0446531154 Wonderful 2003 book has no marking or wear inside or out. Both cover and dust jacket excellent.

Ships from: Pocatello, ID

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
NEW NEW NEW; never read; never sold. Nothing more to say. Small format. Hardcover. 2003. Hardcover w / dustjacket.

Ships from: Aurora, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Sending request ...

More About This Book

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446531153
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/26/2003
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Read an Excerpt

A Father is a Gift

By Joanne Davis

Warner Books

Copyright © 2003 Redbridge LLC
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-446-53115-4

Chapter One

"When you were a child, I endeavored to form your heart." -Lord Chesterfield

One winter night, as he peeked through a crack in the door of his young son's bedroom, a father saw his little boy get down on his knees on the cold, bare floor. "Dear Lord," the five-year-old whispered, raising his eyes toward heaven, "I hope You're listening, 'cause I have a wish. Please let me be a good and kind man like daddy."

Humbled by what he overheard, the father tiptoed away. That evening, before turning out the lights, he clasped his hands together and bowed his head. "Dear God," the man said in hushed tones, "I also have a request. Please help me be the honorable father my son deserves."

Father. Take a minute, if you will, and meditate on the word. Let it filter through your mind and sink into your consciousness. If the experience unleashes a flood of images, don't be surprised. Going back to the time that Adam raised Cain and Abel, fatherhood has been complicated. Getting a handle on it can be tricky.

For many of us, the word father transports us back to childhood, when we were small and incapable of fending for ourselves. Strong and all powerful, father was a person at the center of our world who gave us life and helped preserve it. If we wanted food, daddy put it on the table. If we needed new clothes, his labor filled our closet. Like a periscope guiding our ship of dreams, he taught us how to reach for the stars so that, someday, we might become one.

As we grew up and ventured out into the world, dad's role expanded. Besides providing food and fancy, he showed us how to ride a bike, tie a knot, bait a hook, and pitch a tent. Teacher and mentor, coach and counselor, he was the rabid fan at every game who cheered us on until his voice gave out. When the curtain went down on the school play, nobody clapped louder. A master of sacrifice, he gave all he had and never ran dry, silently setting aside his own hopes and dreams for the good of the family, time and again putting the needs of his children before his own.

How he mounted such stamina was simple. He did it with love-and an idealistic fervor born of the desire to be the father of our prayers. Not only did he shed light on our path so that we could see our way ahead, he showed us how to stand straight and walk tall, to practice decency and spread kindness.

Perhaps his dedication was best expressed by Lord Chesterfield, who once wrote in a letter to his son, "While you were a child I endeavored to form your heart habitually to virtue and honor, before your understanding was capable of showing you their beauty and utility."

Surely, upon receiving that letter, Lord Chesterfield's son recognized one of life's eternal truths: that a father is a gift.


Excerpted from A Father is a Gift by Joanne Davis Copyright © 2003 by Redbridge LLC. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)