“The Good Dad” by Jim Daly

The Good Dad: Becoming the Father You Were Meant to BeThe Good Dad: Becoming the Father You Were Meant to Be by James Daly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The impact of having a father in one’s life is drastic. Jim Daly, CEO of Focus on the Family, has the statistics and research to prove it. Having three absentee fathers in his own life, and being a father himself, Jim felt that the issue of fatherhood needed to be addressed. More specifically, the role of father that G-d intended it to be.

In this book, Jim presents how G-d can help any man be a good dad, no matter the issues, past, or insecurities they may face. He points out that perfection is not the end goal – just being the dad you were meant to be is.

I struggled with reading this book. Perhaps it’s my personal experience and readings that led me to not be interested in the material. When I was first offered the chance to review the product, it seemed like an ideal book for me to read. However, I just couldn’t get “into” it, so to say. As I read the book, I found myself disengaged. While Jim’s message is urgent for the family, it felt to distant and clinical to me, which is ironic given how personal his material is regarding his own life.

It’s an important message, one that needs reading, but the statistics make it feel more like an academic commentary than a personal plea to change. Despite my academic pursuits, I don’t care to read academic journals that much, and so I found myself wanting with this book. I give it four stars, which falls short of the average Amazon review at the time of writing this.

Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.

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