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It's never too late to be a better father. Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family, is an expert in fatherhood - in part because his own "fathers" failed him so badly. His biological dad was an alcoholic. His stepfather deserted him. His foster father accused Jim of trying to kill him. All were out of Jim's life by the time he turned 13. Isn't it odd - and reminiscent of the hand of God - that the director of the leading organization on family turned out to be a guy whose own background as a kid and son were pretty messed up? Or could it be that successful parenting is discovered not in the perfect, peaceful household but in the midst of battles and messy situations, where God must constantly be called to the scene? That is the mystery unraveled in this audiobook.

Using his own expertise, humor, and inexhaustible wealth of stories, Jim will show you that God can make you a good dad, a great dad, in spite of the way you've grown up and in spite of the mistakes you've made. Maybe even because of them. It's not about becoming a perfect father. It's about trying to become a better father, each and every day. It's about building relationships with your children through love, grace, patience, and fun - and helping them grow into the men and women they're meant to be.

©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Zondervan

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great read for new or old parents.

loved it. provided me with some insight that I will definitely use with my kids.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great for Moms AND Dads

Exceeded my expectations. Jim Daly is so wise and insightful and such an encouragement to parents and people in general. He does a phenomenal job reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent across the board.

What a wonderful story of the grace of God in a man's life and those around that man.
Very useful indeed to a new father myself.
I'm sure to listen to it many times over the years

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Great life lessons on the importance of fatherhood and how dads play a vital role in raising children.

Thoughtful overview of the relevance and criticality if fathers in the raising of their children. The lesson is told via his personal experience as a child who was ignored and abandoned by his biological father.

It seems to focus more on the father-son relationship, but the lessons are applicable for daughters as well.

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should've read the description

had the word dad and and high star rating. book is very christian heavy. if you like that you might like this book. there wasn't much substance, everything basically books down to be there. the performance was great.

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  • 02-05-17

Just an autobiography

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who wants to hear Jim Daly talk about his childhood.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nothing by Jim Daly

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Daly?

Anybody

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Good Dad?

The entire book, or just retitle it as an autobiography

Any additional comments?

This book has zero fatherhood advice 2 hours into it. Every detail is about Jim's bad childhood. Not what I was expecting. Returned.

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