All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids

All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids


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All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids by Mark Merrill

“An NFL player becomes an All-Pro by relentlessly focusing on the fundamentals and executing them with sheer determination. The same is true to become an All Pro Dad. This book not only highlights the fundamentals of fatherhood, but also gives dads a winning game plan to do their most important job well.” –Tony Dungy, Super Bowl winning coach and NBC Sports commentator

Thegame-winning playbook for every father

Dads, do you want to be a hero to your kids? A go-to coach for your teens? A husband your wife knows she can count on? All Pro Dad lays out a game plan built on seven essential fathering truths and ultra-practical insights for the questions every dad needs answered at some point. Like football, fatherhood is about winning. But it’s more than just scoring points. It’s about winning the hearts and minds of your children and leaving a rich legacy of love for future generations.

With gut-level “huddle” questions to ask your children, and firsthand stories from well-recognized dads (CBS broadcaster James “JB” Brown, Chick-Fil-A founder and CEO S. Truett Cathy, Grammy Award–winning recording artist Michael W. Smith, FedEx Express COO and president, international, Michael Ducker, and more), All Pro Dad will stir you, equip you, and inspire you toward the goal of being a champion father and a hero to your kids.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595555076
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 512,202
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Merrill is the founder and president of Family First, a widely respected national non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the family. Mark hosts the Family Minute with Mark Merrill , a national daily radio program. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show , numerous ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC network affiliates and network radio programs including NPR, CBS Radio, and the Canadian Broadcasting Network.His comments and writings have appeared in publications including USA Today , the Washington Times, and Sports Illustrated . As an energetic advocate for the family, Mark speaks at conferences and events hosted by major companies, NFL teams, as well as special engagements for dignitaries.Before founding Family First in 1991, Mark practiced law in Florida for seven years.Mark, his wife, Susan, and their five children live in Tampa, Florida.

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All Pro Dad: Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SusanMerrill More than 1 year ago
Well, I am completely biased because I am married to the author! But I thought I would throw out this approval rating because I am the only one qualified to give it as his wife. I really know him. He means what he wrote and he really cares passionately about men becoming the best father that they can be! So get the book you won't regret it!
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ministerdoc More than 1 year ago
ALL PRO DAD BY MARK MERRILL This was an awesome book. I just have to start by making that statement. What attracted me to this book was Tony Dungy had something to do with it.The writer has really got a formula here that i couldn't wait to try with my children.He gives the 7m's and the guess what they work if you try .This is such a helpful tool to make you be a better husband,father,and man.This book is filled up with stories from recognizible CEO'S,Atheletes,and more giving their insight on being a better father.If you wanna know how to be a better father and have a process that is easy to follow than i reccomend you get this book .You won't be dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just in time for Father's Day, I've recently read All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill (ISBN 978-1-5955-5507-6). There are a lot of parenting books out there, and this one is targeted at fathers. As the cover promises, these are "seven essentials to be a hero to your kids." The essentials are divided by easy-to-digest chapters (such as know your makeup, know your motive), and there are plenty of first-hand stories. There are "huddle" questions (keeping with the sports theme) at the end of each chapter. I imagine for many dads these would be tough conversations to start (like asking your child "have you ever seen me act selfishly?"). But it has taken me a lifetime to realize that just because a conversation is difficult doesn't mean you can avoid it. I would recommend this book to fathers and fathers-to-be, no matter how confident they are in their own parenting skills. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
SeekOutWisdom More than 1 year ago
Review: I found All Pro Dad to be an enjoyable read full of meaningful content. Mark has described practical and powerful ways to grow as a father and connect to one’s children. I plan on referring to this book as my children age and what they need from me change. This book is recommended for any father wanting to improve their relationship with their children. FTC Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
"All-Pro Dad" is a great book written for dads by Mark Merrill. "All-Pro Dad" is basically split into eight chapters, with each one prominently featuring one particular question that develops into one of Merrill's basic ideals about fatherhood. So many men muddle through fatherhood without any particular direction or conviction, and this book brings to the surface the heart of what it is to be a father. Each chapter is through provoking, with topics such as: Who Am I? Who Or What Am I Living For? Why Do I Do What I Do? Merrill includes so many personal accounts to tie in with each chapter, and the end of each chapter offers a few questions that you can ask your own children about to help better understand their view of you with regard to each chapter of this book. This book is a great resource for any dad, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to be the best dad that they can be. "All-Pro Dad" is a combination of grandfatherly wisdom, Biblical principles, and insight from a friend. It offers up so much insight into fatherhood, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it for any of the dads I know. Great book.
PaulSteinbrueck More than 1 year ago
Mark Merrill writes with both the experience of a father of five and the humility of a man who acknowledges he still doesn’t always get it right. In the book he cites one of my favorite quotes from former Steelers head coach Chuck Noll who said, "Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else." All Pro Dad is an excellent “playbook” for fatherhood because of that same principle. You won’t a find a bunch of trick plays, gimmicks or quick fixes. Instead you’ll find the insight and encouragement to help you become a more fundamentally sound father each and every day. Whether you’ve been a father for 20 years or are about to become one for the first time, whether you’ve read dozens of parenting books or none at all, and whether you had an amazing father, a horrible father or no father at all, you can learn from All Pro Dad. I think you’ll find it well worth the read. In fact, All Pro Dad would be a great book to read, discuss and put into action with a bunch of other dads.
satrntgr More than 1 year ago
Great book for Dad's to read to learn how to be better father's and lead their children as they should. Highly recommend!!
dadofdivas More than 1 year ago
As a father I am always looking for books that can provide me with a better understanding of what it takes to be a top notch dad. This book brings together great ideas for any dad that gives any reader food for thought on how you can become that father you always wanted to be. I loved the author's use of the 7 M's (Makeup, Mindset, Motive, Method, Model, and Message) as motivation for meeting that goals that he set before his reader. The seven points (or goals) were easy to comprehend and to remember and you can easily see these seven as a mantra that you can put into action soon after reading the book if you so choose. The book also did a great job at intertwining scripture into the book to show the reader that the God is in the works as he works to mold you into a top notch dad as well. This was a great book that I highly recommend to any current father or dad to be!
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Scott_Knight More than 1 year ago
I first heard about All Pro Dad from Tony Dungy. I don't remember if it was in his books or an interview, but I found it very interesting. I immediately signed up for the daily All Pro Dad email, because I figured I could learn some things for my journey towards being a great father. Fastforward several years and Mark Merrill, the founder of Family First (the parent company of All Pro Dad) has written a book called, yes, All Pro Dad. Merrill structures this easy and short read around the "7 M's": Makeup, Mind-set, Motive, Method, Model, Message, and Master. Each chapter features anecdotes (personal and from others), lists, and suggestions all relating to the theme of the chapter. Merrill shares stories from Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, Truett Cathy, Michael W. Smith and others to help illustrate the importance of a father's role in his child(ren)'s life. Finally, the chapters end with questions for dad's to ask their kids to spur discussions and communication. All of the information is great for fathers, and it is presented in an easy-to-digest and non-threatening manner. The book can be read straight through or in small chunks to allow for practice of each principle. Overall, it was a good book with practical and possibly life-changing material, although I didn't really discover anything new. If you have read other books on fatherhood, chances are much of this material won't be new to you either. I was provided a copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.