Gregory W. Slayton, best-selling author and father of four, doesn’t beat around the bush: “Being a good dad isn’t only vital for the future of our families and our society . . . it is critical to our own development as men.” Be a Better Dad Today is an inspirational and practical guidebook for every father who wants to become the best dad he can be—for his family’s sake and his own. With humor, empathy, common sense, tough talk and engaging stories from his personal experience, Slayton reveals user-friendly, simple-but never- simplistic techniques that will help every dad fulfill his God-given responsibilities. Whether readers are parenting younger or older kids, boys or girls, they will find wise insights and practical, doable action steps for becoming the father God created them to be!
- Comprehensive, yet somewhat shallow
I was really excited to listen to Gregory Slayton’s Be A Better Dad Today just because of the title. His enormous list of accomplishments as well as book endorsements from people like John McCain and Chuck Colson, got me even more excited. This book is being heralded as a call to arms for the fathers of America to reclaim their lost way.
It’s a solid book, but it didn't really live up to the hype for me. Slayton definitely speaks from experience, but the whole thing feels “a mile wide and an inch deep” to me. It seems that in an attempt to be all things to all fathers, the teeth have been pulled from this book. The narration could be partially to blame here, because Sean Runnette’s delivery is pretty much devoid of any passion. However, Slayton himself seems reluctant to share his personal struggles honestly and I struggled as a result to connect to his message on a deeper level. For example, he shares in general terms about “one of his kids” who had “a certain struggle” and he and his wife “had to take action to help that kid with their struggle.” I don’t need all the juicy details and I understand you need to protect the privacy of your family, but how can a personal story have any impact if there are virtually no details shared?
The first couple chapters are my favorite part, where Slayton talks about the importance of fathers and the power of having a “noble family vision.” Very practical. The majority of the rest of the book is a description of “The Ten Tools of Fatherhood” that spell out the word “F.A.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D.” With chapter titles like “Family First/Family Fun” and “Other Good Dads” these are all concepts you've heard before if you've read any parenting books aimed at dads.
Maybe that’s ultimately the one redeeming strength of Be A Better Dad Today: it’s a one-stop-shop, comprehensive collection of parenting wisdom for dads. Yes, it’s pretty shallow, but it comes complete with endorsements from well-known politicians and Christian leaders and it has inter-faith appeal. Maybe this is a book about being a better dad that dads will actually read and it will set them on the right path. That wouldn't be a bad thing at all.
One final thing: if you are going to read this book, I recommend you grab a print copy rather than listen to the audiobook version. The “Put It To Work” guides at the end of each chapter seem really solid and useful, but are harder to reference in the audio format than they would be in print.
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- Solid Guidance On Fatherhood
Be A Better Dad Today by Gregory Slayton is a book on fatherhood that provides some interesting ideas on how to be a better dad both in the short term and in the long term. The importance of being a father is stated early on in the book when it is stated that it is the most important job for a man.
The idea of having a noble family vision for five, ten and twenty years is a very good idea, that displays that you really care where you family is headed and makes sure that you fulfil your role of being head of the household. There are several other points that are made about fatherhood using F.A.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. as the acronym but as several other people have pointed out these are difficult to remember. It would be good as a resource though to check back with every so often.
In the later chapters there is instruction to get true friends who will help you with being a better dad and will provide opportunities to do things together to build community. Also long distance and single dads get some individual instructions as well that could prove very valuable in these trying circumstances.
The narration was quite good with a soothing tone to it. Although the constant repeating of the website address was quite annoying and unnecessary.
Although not the best book on parenting I have read, it has some good ideas and would be a solid resource for any father hoping to have a better relationship with his children.
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- great content
This book is about the ten tools that every father needs. Fatherhood is more than feeding children: it is about raising offspring to be an impact in the future. It is the most important investment any man could ever make. In fact, when there is a lack of solid fatherhood in the life of a boy, the risk of a life of crime is dramatically increased, as well as other adverse outcomes. Fathers play the most crucial role in the mom-dad team that comprise teaching moral living. During these formative years, a solid, moral father is necessary for the child. That’s what this book is about: the most important job a man will ever have.
This book explores the ten tools necessary for fathers. However, these are not self-learned. You will need help, and not just this book. This book is only the map – you will still need the keys, the gas, and the car to hit the road.
Runnette’s narration is at a medium to quicker pace, yet solid with inflection of the text, providing a dramatic reading that is similar to what one could expect from a home-based DVD study kit or the older cassette-style motivational teachings. Runnette does a splendid job giving life, and importance, to this audiobook. His reading, while well-paired, carries a natural monotone tendency to it, limiting the long-term listening of the text.
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- It's a Pass, But Barely
As a young man not yet a father but hoping to be one in the future, I was happy to give this book a listen and see what I could learn to prepare me for the future.
First of all, the book does have some good ideas, some very useful and practical thoughts, and I appreciated how he focused on the fact that the father you are is very much connected to the kind of person that you are outside of just being a dad.
However, overall I was quite disappointed and bored with this book. I think this flaw can be blamed on both the author's uncreative writing and the matter-of-fact narrator.
In the end, I ended up speeding up the process of finishing out the book using my mp3 player's fast play mode.
One other gripe is how often the author uses this book to push his Facebook page. It started to irk me more and more with each "visit us online at www dot...." With a physical book I probably would've easily skipped these sections without a second thought, but with an audiobook it didn't feel natural.
Even though the book is somewhat dry, it doesn't mean there's nothing here for the taking. If you really want to learn or need some good dad advice, there are definitely things you can learn here.
If you're a dad and you're only going to read/listen to one book this year, I'd suggest you look for a different book. If you read/listen lots, go ahead and give this one a whirl.
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- Just OK
Being a first time dad (my 17 month old son is now on his feet) I was looking forward to listening to this audiobook. I saw 10 tools and thought, these should help. Unfortunately, the writing (and reading) is riddled with clichés and quotes that seem like filler. Examples of the President of the USA. References to Olympic runners and discipline and hard work. Repetitions of “this is why I wrote this book”. It just got tiring and made me want to say “cut the chase!” Sometimes, I wish audiobooks would be read at the pace of normal speech. It feels so deliberately paced that it drags like molasses.
I jumped ahead to the ten tools and again, it just took too long before I got tired and gave up listening. I did listen long enough to hear that an Acronym would be utilized (F.A.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D.) Oh boy, that’s gonna be an easy one to remember.
F – FAMILY FIRST/FAMILY FUN
A – ALL IN MARRIAGE
T – TRUE MORAL COMPASS/TRUE HUMILITY
H – HEARTFELT LOVE
E – EMPOWERING SERVANT LEADERSHIP
R – RELATIONSHIP TOOLS THAT WORK
H – HEAVEN’S HELP
O – OTHER GOOD DADS
O – OPTIMISTIC, NEVER SURRENDER ATTITUDE
D – DYNAMIC WHOLE PERSON SUPPORT
I told you it would be easy to remember (NOT!). The acronym feels forced and cheesy and completely difficult to remember.
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