The Good Dad

Becoming the Father You Were Meant to Be
By: Jim Daly
Narrated by: Jim Daly
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
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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.

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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.

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Powerful example!

Jim’s story is very powerful. He uses his own experiences and biblical support to show what a “good dad” is and how to become one. This is a must read for fathers!

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First time Dad

I was looking for some direction as to how I could raise my son up to be a child of God as my father was not a good example. This book provided that process along with stories in order to remind me my childhood was not unique but that does not have to be my son's childhood. I can break the curse and raise him up with love and a stern hand so that when he is grown he will not turn from the ways of the Lord.

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Every dad should read this

An authentic reminder of God's plan for dads. Read it before you have kids and then read it again later. I have three kids under the age of 10 and wish I would have read this sooner. I'm thankful for the time I still have with them to strengthen the bonds.

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The Best Dad... I can be.

I reflect on my parenting often. I make so many mistakes in so many moments. Listening to this book was one more in my effort to be better. I appreciate the way in which Daly uses his own experiences and some of others to connect to the lessons being broached in each chapter. The author is also extremely humble in his approach.

Thank you for another great tool toward my goal of being the best dad fory kiddos. I will definitely listen again in a couple years as we continue to grow and change together. They're 4 and 6, so I know I'll need to come back.

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Religion Based Parenting

Great book for those who choose to use religion as a basis for parenting. Was hoping for more of a lessons learned and best practices for child rearing without the religious overtones.

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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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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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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.