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Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew

Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew

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by Jim Higley

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An inspirational account of one dad's extraordinary journey through cancer, fatherhood, and several forgotten life lessons--and the discovery of one life-changing gift.

Jim Higley was a forty-year-old bobblehead. Just like those collectible figurines with oversized, bouncy heads, he'd put on a smiling face and bobble through his hectic, overflowing days.


An inspirational account of one dad's extraordinary journey through cancer, fatherhood, and several forgotten life lessons--and the discovery of one life-changing gift.

Jim Higley was a forty-year-old bobblehead. Just like those collectible figurines with oversized, bouncy heads, he'd put on a smiling face and bobble through his hectic, overflowing days.

Higley's bobbling came to a screeching halt with the diagnosis of cancer, surgery, and a summer of healing. More than a cancer story, however, Bobblehead Dad puts you in a front row seat as the author discovers the illuminating parallels between events in his childhood and his adulthood. Higley, whose weekly fatherhood column appears in the Chicago Tribune's TribLocal, unwraps poignant lessons from his family history with rich, vivid detail. His story reveals meaning in simple moments and the people who fill them--including the surprise discovery of his most important lesson, which had been quietly waiting for over thirty years.

Written in an informal but eloquent style, Bobblehead Dad will keep you laughing, crying and--most importantly--thinking. Higley's distinctive storytelling rhythm, combined with a knack for handling heavy topics with an embraceable voice, quickly draws you into his experiences--while launching you on your own journey of self-discovery and reflection.

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ForeWord Reviews
'Higley writes with a sweet, sincere humility. Readers will embrace, mourn, delight in and admire what Bobblehead Dad has to offer. Not knowing whether he'll live one year or fifty, Higley makes the present count for everything. There's much to learn from his particular brand of survival.''
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A cancer survivor shares insights spurred by his childhood that helped him redefine his outlook on life during his illness.

Higley writes a surprisingly relatable memoir to which anyone, not just those suffering to understand a bleak cancer diagnosis, can relate. His early life was shattered by the sudden death of his mother from brain cancer, and he also lost his father and one of his older brothers from the disease as well. A man intensely focused on work and his career, Higley writes how his illness allowed him time to reflect on his past and himself for the first time since childhood. Thoughtful and honest, the author provides solid advice on how to be introspective, unearth life lessons from childhood and apply them as an adult. He also writes of the strength he found in his relationship with his children. While Higley's candor is sure to be appreciated, he outright refuses to discuss both his wife and their divorce—a jarring omission in an otherwise forthcoming book. The author relates his experiences as a cancer survivor with the obvious goal of attempting to inspire and help others in the same position; the book achieves this, and will likely resonate with the reader trying to console a friend or loved one as they deal with cancer.

Through frankness and plain talk, the author elevates the spirits of those facing a grim diagnosis.

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Melinda Marchiano
The lessons that can be learned from Jim's courageous and beautiful story are invaluable. His touching words will evoke gratitude and push you to become a better person. --(Melinda Marchiano, author and International Book Awards winner, Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery)
Suzette Martinez Standring
Jim Higley's soul-stirring memories of his Nebraska childhood strengthened him during his struggle with cancer. His life lessons are poignant, rich, and oh-so-genuine. The healing is real. --(Suzette Martinez Standring, syndicated columnist and award-winning author of The Art of Column Writing)
Tracy Beckerman
�Funny,' �witty,' and �entertaining' are not words people typically use to describe a story about cancer. But Bobblehead Dad isn't just about being sick. It's about the joy of living and discovering who you are, where you came from, and ultimately, where you want to be. --(Tracy Beckerman, syndicated humor columnist, "Lost in Suburbia," and author, Rebel Without a Minivan)

Meet the Author

Jim Higley is the Bobblehead Dad--writer, speaker, life observer, and cancer warrior. He is the inaugural winner of the �World's Greatest Dad� Challenge, a nationwide contest sponsored by Procter & Gamble Production's Man of the House magazine. Higley's weekly fatherhood column, "Bobblehead Dad," is published in the Chicago Tribune's TribLocal. He is also a featured contributor for other national online publications, including The Good Men Project and Man of the House. His favorite role, however, is being �Dad� to his three kids.

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Bobblehead Dad 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
JIM HIGLEY'S "BOBBLEHEAD DAD" (REVIEW) I am in love with Jim Higley and his family. I honestly do not think there is anyone out there that will read this story and not fall in love with the man. I fell in love with his spirit, his warmth, and his overall determination to not only defeat cancer but to keep a positive attitude, learn from the experience and live every day to the fullest. This book is one of a kind, his experience is richly woven in such a way that it keeps you reading. Anyone that reads this book and does not get something positive out of it is simply lost. I learned from it, I know others will too. The 25 lessons in this book are ones we all should take to heart. By the way, 'Long John Silvers' restaurant holds a few memories for me too! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great family values book. It highlights adversity and family strengths and good old-fashioned good values overcoming difficult times. Well written and touching and motivational too.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
“Words can heal. They can surprise. They can encourage. It doesn’t matter if they are handwritten or if a Hallmark had to be leaned on for a little help. Words matter. Because they remind each of us who we are to the people in our lives.” Aren’t these just wonderful words to reflect upon on? These words are just a few of the wonderful statements that Jim enlightens his readers with as we traveled back in time with Jim, when he was a child growing up with his brothers and his parents and also as he shares his battle with cancer and the emotions in both of these arenas. How he connected these situations in each chapter was unique and sometimes confusing to me but nevertheless, I enjoyed the book and it made me appreciate again how wonderful life is and to enjoy it, as it truly is a gift and should be enjoyed. I have read books like this before, the books that give you a prep talk and the author gives you a reflection of their life story but Jim does that with an interesting twist. Each chapter reflects on his childhood, some story of growing up with 4 older brothers and then Jim ends the chapter talking about his battle with cancer and how he deals with it- either with his family or with his siblings. He tries to connect the stories –not a sad book but more of a “get-out-there-and-live-life-to-the-fullest” book. We all need to read these positive, uplifting books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not just a cancer story. Its a story about remembering to live your life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a wonderful read, and I had a hard time putting it down. Losing my Dad to Cancer, in Sept 2010 was heartbreaking to me. This book touched on and expressed all of the things I had exprienced throughout my Dad's illness and Death. I am so happy I found this book, and recommend it to anyone who has loss a Parent or Sibling to Cancer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where was his wife. The mother of his kids.
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