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Now going into its seventh printing, Be a Better Dad Today has sold over 70,000 copies since its release in May of 2012. It has helped and encouraged all types of fathers and it can and will help you (or the father in your life) as well. The book is exactly what the title promises: an inspirational, encouraging and down to earth guidebook for every father who wants to be a better dad - for his family's sake and his own. With humor, empathy, common sense, and engaging stories, Slayton reveals proven, powerful tools and techniques that will help every dad fulfill his God-given responsibilities. Whether parenting younger or older kids, boys or girls, blended families or as a single dad (or even a father to be), readers will find wise insights and practical, doable action steps for becoming the best dad they can be.
The book makes a great gift for Father’s Day, Christmas, birthdays or any day. And since the Slaytons are dedicating 100% of all royalties from the book to fatherhood and family charities serving the US Military, your purchase will a blessing to the fathers and families who serve our nation every day.
Sam Brownback, Governor of Kansas
"All over the world the family is in deep trouble. It is just as much a reality in countries like Argentina and China as it is in the United States and Great Britain. For today's modern Christian father, it is becoming even more challenging to lead and protect your family. And sadly, some have even given up.
Be A Better Dad Today is an encouraging book. In simple, yet powerful terms, it shows each of us men how to be the best fathers, the best husbands...indeed the best men we can be - all in light of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. We all need that kind of encouragement, strength, and wisdom...today and every day of our lives."
Luis Palau, world evangelist
"As a former college and NFL Quarterback, I've had the privilege of playing with some great teams. But as a father, there is no team more important to me than my family. And that's why this book is so important.
Be A Better Dad Today! can help every dad become an All-Pro Father. The book's Ten Tools of Fatherhood are exactly what we need as dads to sharpen and expand our fatherhood skills. And Gregory gets it exactly right when he says that no matter what else we do as men, fatherhood is our most important job.
I highly recommend this book to every man who wants to be a better dad, a better husband, and a better man."
Danny Wuerffel, Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries
"When I speak with fathers-and I speak to lots of them-they often ask me, "What do I need to do to be a better dad?" Well, Gregory Slayton's book certainly helps answer this important question. Full of personal stories and practical advice and strategies, Be a Better Dad Today is a much needed resource that I highly recommend that any dad have in his library."
Roland C. Warren, President, National Fatherhood Initiative, Germantown, MD
"All dads everywhere need help to be the best Fathers they can be. The health of our families, our culture and our civilization literally depend on it. My friend Gregory Slayton has written a great book that will help every man who reads it to be the best Dad he can be.
Be A Better Dad Today is a truly enjoyable, deeply practical, and hugely helpful book for men everywhere. As a father, a pastor and a man who wants to be the very best I can be, I highly recommend it."
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez President
National Hispanic Christian Leadership
Hispanic Evangelical Association
"Be a Better Dad Today is perhaps the most practical and down-to-earth manual you will find on how to be an effective father. No one will be able to read it without being both spiritually convicted and personally equipped."
Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
"From one who had an absent father Gregory speaks with passionate truth and practical realities how each one of us can be a better Dad. Be A Better Dad Today! engages us as men with wisdom, joy and honest understanding of the challenges we face. Gregory reminds us that we are "literally irreplaceable" in our roles as husband and father - and that these are the most important jobs we will ever have. The "Ten Tools of Fatherhood" will be helpful to each and every man who puts them to work"
Dr. Patrick P Gelsinger
President and COO, EMC Corporation
Author of The Juggling Act
"Having been raised by a man that exemplified what it means to be a great father, I am blessed to have learned from one of the greatest. In Be A Better Dad Today, Gregory explains how to navigate the most important job in the world. This book is a great resource for today's dads or those who plan to be a dad in the future."
Governor of Florida from 1999-2007
"Gregory Slayton had to learn to be a great father to his kids without his own dad's help. In this book, he gives you the tools to empower you to at the most important job you will ever have as a man. It's a very practical and hopeful book. "
Jim Burns, PhD
Author of 10 Building Blocks to a Solid Family and Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teens
"As a senior executive with a growing family, I know firsthand the challenges of being both a good dad and a good manager in today's world. That's why I am so thankful for Be A Better Dad Today!". My good friend Gregory Slayton is a great father himself and has made a 30 year study of good fathers around the world. He has used that unique background to write a great, practical, hands on book that will be a real blessing to every father or father-to-be who reads it. I highly recommend Be A Better Dad Today! to anyone who wants to improve their fathering skills - and have fun doing it."
President and Corporate Officer, Global Solutions, SAP
"Leslie and I founded the Center for Relationship Development on the campus of Seattle Pacific University almost 20 years ago. Over those 20 years we have seen firsthand the critical importance of the fathering skills Gregory lays out so clearly in Be A Better Dad Today!. If you want to be a better father, a better husband and a better man - this book will help you on that path."
Les Parrott, Ph.D.
Author of Crazy Good Sex
"I have known Gregory for 30 years and he is passionate, practical, and visionary. His terrific book is all three of those things and more. As a father of five I highly recommend Be A Better Dad Today to all dads - and dads to be - of any age."
President and CEO
Helmerich and Payne
"As the Team Pastor for the Houston Texans, a happily married husband for 30 years and the proud father of three adult children, I understand that solid communication is essential to developing a winning team. Just as a team looks to the quarterback for leadership and guidance, our families look to dads to valiantly lead and guide them through the obstacle courses of life.
Be A Better Dad Today will help every dad become a better team mate, a better husband, a better father and a better man! Just like all-pro athletes, all-pro fathers are made, not born. Read this book and start training today!"
Greg Tyler, Texans Team Pastor
"The Catholic Church has emphasized the importance of fatherhood and families for 2,000 years. Good fathers are the servant leaders of their families - and we can all learn to be better servant leaders. It is no accident that Jesus taught us to pray to "our Father, who art in heaven..." It is God's love and care for us as our heavenly Father that Christ Himself modeled for us all here on earth.
In challenging and encouraging us to be the best men we can be, my friend Gregory Slayton does us a true service. For it is in service to our families, to our friends and to our communities that we grow to be stronger and more mature men. Be a Better Dad Today: Ten Tools Every Father Needs
is an excellent book for every man who wants to be a better husband, a better father and a better man."
Robert J. Kurtz, C.R., Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton in Bermuda.
"I have known Ambassador Slayton for many years. He and I have shared many life's experiences together. He is a teacher and a beacon of light for me. Gregory treats every human being as if they are equal. His love and his devotion to his family and society are inspirational. In Be a Better Dad Today, Gregory guides us through the most difficult of our relationships our kids and teaches us how to be successful with them and how to appropriately bring God into our lives and our families. I am indebted to Gregory for his friendship and for his words of wisdom."
President, California Israel Chamber of Commerce
"One of the cardinal rules of combat is to learn from others' mistakes -- because our own can be so costly. Gregory Slayton has written a fine book filled with tips to avoid the fatherhood failures of others and practical, positive advice on how to be a better dad."
Nathaniel Fick, NY Times bestselling author of ONE BULLET AWAY
CEO of Center for a New American Security
"As a major college football coach, I know the importance of team leadership. Just like a good quarterback leads his offense to success, a good father leads his family to a successful future. Be a Better Dad Today: Ten Tools Every Father Needs is a playbook for fathers who want to be the very best they can be. Professor Slayton (who has studied fatherhood on five continents and is a father of four himself) lays out the basic Fatherhood Tool Set that all great dads need. And he provides the encouragement, the support and the coaching that we all need to be the very best fathers, husbands and men we can be.
Whether you're a new dad, an older dad, a grand dad, a single dad, a blended family dad...or even if your an estranged from your kids dad...this book will help you get back in the fatherhood game with all the tools you need for success. I strongly recommend it."
Head Football Coach
Southern Methodist University
"In considering Gregory a close personal friend for more than 30 years, and closely watching his fatherhood skills for the last 20 years, I can attest to his sacrificial commitment, energy and vision to be the best dad possible in the midst of many career, family and personal challenges. As the father of three sons myself, and active in leading men's ministry programs for many years, I have not read a finer or more practical guide regarding the essentials of being a great dad than this book. I wholeheartedly recommend Be a Better Dad Today to every father and father to be as a way to help you fulfill the high calling and irreplaceable role of being a dad.
Bruce F. McKenzie
Senior Vice President, The Northern Trust Company
"For 2,000 years, Catholic teaching has emphasized the importance of the family - and of each father's leadership role in his own family. Family and fatherhood is just as important today as it has always been - in fact it may even be more important given the breakdown of so many other civilizing forces in our society.
It is for these reasons that I wholeheartedly endorse Be A Better Dad
Today! This is a great book for every guy who wants to be a better
husband, a better father and yes, a better man. It is full of insight,
encouragement and wisdom - and I strongly recommend it."
Fr. Jon Kalisch, O.P.
Catholic Chaplain at Dartmouth College
About the Author
The Honorable Gregory Winston Slayton is an American father, professor, diplomat, author, businessman, and philanthropist. Born in Ohio, Professor Slayton grew up without a real father. As a result of that searing experience - and a spiritual awakening in college - Slayton undertook a 30 year study of fatherhood on five different continents. The results of that research - and his own experience as a father of four great kids - form the basis for "Be a Better Dad Today!!" Slayton now resides in Hanover, New Hampshire with his wife of 22+ years and their four children. He teaches at Dartmouth, Harvard and Stanford and continues to work as a venture capitalist. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at UIBE Business School in Beijing. But his first love is being a father and a student of fatherhood.
Earlier in his career, Slayton, an honors graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School, was a Silicon Valley CEO and venture capitalist, investing and serving on the Advisory Boards of companies like Google and Salesforce.com. In 2005 Slayton was appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States Consul General and Chief of Mission to Bermuda, a position he held for four years from his swearing in by Secretary of State Rice on August 15, 2005 until August, 2009. Slayton was extended twice by the Obama Administration, reportedly the only Bush appointed ambassador to have been thus honored. He also received the Distinguished Foreign Service Award from members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the only Republican ambassador in United States history to have received that award from the CBC. Today, Slayton is an angel investor via his privately held investment company Slayton Capital.
Slayton and his wife, Marina, founded the Slayton Family Foundation in 1999 and have recently established The Fellowship of Fathers Foundation. They also jointly co-authored and edited the Bermuda bestseller Four Centuries of Friendship: US/Bermuda Relations 1609 - 2009 and donated all proceeds from the sale of the book to local Bermuda charities. The Slaytons will be donating 100% of their royalty profits from "Be a Better Dad Today" to fatherhood charities.
When I speak with fathers-and I speak to lots of them-they often ask me, What do I need to do to be a better dad?” Well, Gregory Slayton’s book certainly helps answer this important question. Full of personal stories and practical advice and strategies, Be a Better Dad Today” is a much needed resource that I highly recommend that any dad have in his library.”
Roland C. Warren, President of National Fatherhood Initiative
"I learned about life and honor from my father and grandfather, who were my heroes as Naval officers and, most importantly, fathers. Earning their respect was the most lasting ambition of my life, and even though they are no longer with us, I continue to live my life according to the terms of their approval. Their courage and faith were an inspiration to me and a key to my survival in some of my most difficult times. I am grateful for the memories of these two great men and the respect and affection they provided as the patriarchs of our family. I’ve personally known Gregory and his family for years, and I know he exemplifies the title of his book "Be a Better Dad Today!" each and every day of his life. There are certain lessons in life that can best be taught by fathers. My hope is that this book will help every single man who picks it up to be the best father, the best husband, and the best man he can be."
John McCain, United States Senator
"Gregory Slayton writes eloquently about the God given nobility of fatherhood, an institution of grand personal, familial, and societal importance, but also a journey that many men embark on without fully knowing the true path or destination. Slayton deepens our understanding of what being a father means and offers guidance on how fathers can realize their fullest potential.”
Joe Lieberman, United States Senator
"There is no more important job in the world for men than being a good father for our kids. I love being a dad - and I always have. That’s why I appreciate the honesty, the humor and the many helpful ideas that my friend Gregory Slayton has packed into Be A Better Dad Today!” Being a Better Dad Today” - and every day of our lives - is one of the most important things we can do for our family, our community and our Nation.”
G. K. Butterfield, United States Congressman
davehillBoston, MAAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great book for all dads.March 13, 2012davehillBoston, MAAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4If you truly want to be a better dad today, then this book is for you. It is easy to read, down to earth, honest and practical. Gregory Slayton connects with you about your own flaws and failures as a dad, and then inspires you that you can become a better dad. As a father of six, I found his ten tools to be excellent principles that will work for you and your family. There is also a website with a "put it to work" tool for each chapter. If you agree with Slayton that "fatherhood is the most important job a man will ever have", then buy a copy and get down to work.
JackieAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5EXCELLENT BOOK!! Every father needs to read it!!!February 21, 2012JackieAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book needs to be in the hands of every father!!!! It will show them how to be better fathers, and better men. Be a Better Dad Today will even help men to be better husbands, and explains how being a better husband is an integral part of being a better dad! Yet, at the same token, it doesn't overlook the needs of the single fathers, and devotes a section will great advice just for single and/or long distance or military dad. A wonderful book, and a great gift idea for Father's Day!
CMKM5 Stars Out Of 5February 16, 2012CMKMQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have just finished reading an advance copy of Be A Better Dad Today, written by The Honorable Gregory Slayton. For any dads looking for hints on how to improve their fathering, as well as their marriage, this book will inspire you to truly make changes to be the best dad for your family. This is an excellent book for a group study, since questions and reflection points are included to make your reading really hit home. Be A Better Dad Today is an excellent book for any men's ministry discussions!
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