Project Dad: The Complete, Do-It-Yourself Guide for Becoming a Great Father - eBook  -     By: Todd Cartmell
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781441214850
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Publisher's Description

Every dad wants to be a great dad. But what does it take to build a great dad? What raw materials does one need? And how do you put them all together?

Designed for the do-it-yourselfer in every man, Project Dad is a humorous, biblically based guidebook to becoming a great dad. With short, entertaining chapters that cover five key components, this guidebook encourages fathers to raise their children with a renewed sense of purpose in order to positively impact them in their adult life. Cartmell shows dads that the way they look at, talk to, connect with, act toward, and lead their children is what separates a good dad from a great dad.

Discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this book ideal for individual or group study.

Author Bio

Todd Cartmell is a licensed clinical psychologist and a father of two. He is in full-time private practice in Wheaton, Illinois, where he works exclusively with children and adolescents. He lives in Illinois with his family.

In Project Dad, Todd Cartmell proves that parenthood can be entertaining and invigorating, even if challenging and surprising. Drawing on years of personal experience both as a dad and a youth leader, Cartmell uses endless amounts of humor in discussing the long-lasting impact a man of quality can have on his children. There are at least 100 footnotes in this book, but none relate to reference books or scholarly texts; instead, they are silly, tongue-in-cheek side notes from Cartmell that provide perspectives on the discussions at hand, showing that none of this is rocket science, just fun and practical applications of age-old biblical wisdom.

The range of topics is vast, including how to plan family outings, how to use positive reinforcement when training children, how to provide strong role models for youngsters, how to use stories and illustrations to teach lessons to children, and how to share Bible lessons that will reveal God's wisdom to young people. The delivery is instructive without being judgmental, informative without getting preachy. The lessons cross all boundaries of fatherhood as they advance through stages of first-time dads, dads with teenagers, and even dads with sons and daughters getting ready to leave the nest.

Cartmell does not claim to have all the answers himself, so he makes references to other sources, ranging from hilarious one-liners from comedian Rodney Dangerfield to serious lectures by psychologist Gary Chapman, and sometimes people who are one in the same, such as comic/educator Dr. Bill Cosby. What makes his writing so contemporary and readable is that he makes references to well known movies ("Rocky"), classic writers (Mark Twain), pop psychologists (Dr. Phil) and famous sports figures (George Foreman). He also sites research done by respected Christian counselors (Tim Elmore, Kevin Leman).

This is enjoyable reading, indeed, but it is also a valuable handbook for Christian men who desire to rear children who are strong in faith, hard working, ethical, and well rounded. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley,

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  1. Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    May 17, 2011
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Project Dad is a humorous and practical guide book written by a dad to other dads. Todd Cartmell's warm and engaging style will have fathers laughing from the first few pages, and gives doable hands-on advice for becoming a better dad. This book will make an excellent Father's Day gift!

    This is a humorous yet practical book filled with great insight from Todd Cartmell!

    Each chapter ends with a part called Key Points - an overview of what was learned, and Getting to Work - ways to put the information into use.

    The idea is that as a father "you are to become a fisher of the great things in your children.." and "if you are to become a fisher of great things in your children you have to be looking for great things in your children" (p.42). How true this is! I see this very thing modeled in my husband - and as I read this book I had to smile. He is forever looking for ways to encourage our four children, picking up all the little things that I sometimes overlook: like using good manners, picking up something with out being told, or kind actions toward others. He is also always pointing out the talents our children have and encouraging them in their uniqueness. So, as I read this I was glad to see that such things were being written about - and practical examples being given. Cartmell is not giving a point by point plan to follow, but rather encouraging Dads to step up to the plate and be real.

    I also liked the part that pointed out to Fathers the impact of their words. Sometimes that deep voice is so scary. Cartmell simply states it this way; "Because your a father, your words have the power of dynamite.." (WOW!!! Have you thought of that?!),"...From the day your children are born they indistinctly trust your love and rely on your wisdom./...what you say must simply be true.../especially when its about them." Such simple wisdom but so often overlooked! Cartmell does a fantastic job of bringing these simple, often overlook truths to the light.

    Its not all the fishing trips, or hunting, or the baseball/football games - it's the relationship that matters.

    Finally I liked Cartmell's statement of what a great dad is "A great dad will remind his children of the greatness that God has placed inside of them and will profoundly impact their tomorrows through the power of their words today." (p.72)

    Humorous and easy to read - I loved this book. Truly the perfect Father's Day gift. Instead of pointing out inadequacies or giving a check list to follow this book encourages Dads to embrace their very special very important position that God has entrusted them to.

    My husband is the Project Dad complete - this book encouraged me and well as him. For Dad's that are discouraged or feel that they are missing the mark this book will lift their spirits and give them great ideas.

    Thank you Revell for this Review Copy.
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