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Posted February 17, 2012
I was a bit disappointed in this book. It didn't seem to have the "oomph" I was looking for. Books like these always seem to have a
secret recipe, magic bullet, or one secret to life we're all missing. The secret recipe this book teaches is very simple - be a good role
model for your son. It's such a simple premise that I think it was difficult for O'Donnell to stretch the book out any longer than its slim 137 pages.
To the book's credit, I will say it's organization and structure is superb. After the opening chapters, which set up the whole point of "be
a good role model", the book specifically looks at what a good role model looks like in terms of work ethic, citizenship, marriage
relationships and intimacy, to name a few. Each chapter also ends with a few discussion questions, which are good for personal or group study.
Posted January 24, 2012
Well, I'm not a Dad but I am a Mom to a son and I just couldn't resist checking out ‘What a Son Needs from His Dad’ by Michael A. O'Donnell. While it is geared specifically to the Father/Son relationship there are many great insights and advice for parents of boys and girls throughout this read as well. Much of it is about being a great parent. It's a quick and easy read but that doesn't mean it isn't packed with information. I'd say it's geared more towards the older pre-teen/teen years but there is lots of things for even the youngest years like the chapter titled 'Effective Fathering' and a chapter on helping our son to discern good and meaningful friendships. There's scripture throughout this read, anchoring points back to Biblical teaching. It's a very thoughtful and thorough study. I will be sure to reference this book in throughout the years to come. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2012
The book is divided into chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of parenting a son. At the end of each chapter are discussion questions that can be used to apply the information just learned.
This book would make a great men's group study.
Even though I'm a mom, I enjoyed reading the book and felt like I could use some of the information given. My husband is definitely going to read the book, but I'm glad that I was able to read it first so we can discuss it together.
It is well written and easy to read. The information isn't too detailed and has illustrative stories to make the information seem real. It's a book that any dad would benefit from reading.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.