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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236739
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Fatherhood

“This inspirational meditation on fatherhood from former Washington Wizards forward Etan Thomas offers a lot to chew on, both as a primer for thoughtful fathers and children and as a particularly trenchant entry in the ongoing conversation on parenthood and race…Any book that brings the words of Howard Dean and Yao Ming between the same covers is noteworthy.…A tricky line to walk—balancing street cred with idealism, anger with acceptance—but for the most part [Thomas] pulls it off with aplomb. Fathers of any skin color would do well to emulate him.”—The Washington Post

“An insightful book.”—Publishers Weekly

"Etan Thomas not only has skills on the basketball court but more importantly with words and ideas."—Spike Lee

"I would like to salute Etan Thomas. He is a warrior, doing mighty work."—Cornel West

“[Thomas is] a defender of fatherhood.”—New York Daily News

“Really, really moving.” —Soledad O’Brien, CNN

“Etan extends his reach beyond the NBA to helping youth and families throughout America.”—FOX News

“This book is beneficial for fathers, mentors, and sons, no matter how well or how poorly they’re performing in those roles.”—The Washington Times

“Etan Thomas displays his skills off the court pulling together an intimate collection of powerful voices who open up on ending the pain of fatherlessness, the pride and power of being a father, and the promise of a new generation of strong dads”—Essence

“This inspirational book is a call to action, sharing and emphasizing the importance of being present as fathers.”—Daytona Beach News-Journal
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

 Etan Thomas is an eleven-year NBA veteran, contributes to the Huffington Post, CNN, and ESPN, and is the author of the highly regarded poetry collection More Than an Athlete. He was chosen by the Obama Administration to participate in President Obama’s town hall meetings on fatherhood. Etan lives with his wife and three children in Maryland.

Nick Chiles is a New York Times bestselling author and a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 6, 2013
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Etan Thomas has put together an amazing collection of quotes about fatherhood from well-known men in our society. He intersperses the quotes with his own well-articulated perspectives and experiences, covering all the highs, the lows, and above all, the joys and importance of being the father we are meant and needed to be to our children. As a counselor putting together a curriculum for a 12-lesson course for young fathers, I am using this book extensively to stir pertinent discussions and reflections. From a "Father's Creed" I recently wrote: "My children only have one father, and that's me. They know and feel this more deeply than I can ever imagine or understand." Etan Thomas' book explains, elaborates, and encourages this truth in many and varied ways. Must reading for dads, especially who grew up with a dad who was absent or only minimally present in their childhood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dmitri Westbrook on December 11, 2012
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There are a lot of different perspective about what it means to be a father. He has interviewed some of the most famous men in the U.S. and they all have something unique to offer.
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>>>..."Fatherhood:...Ultimate Challenge", Circa 05.2012, is a book from Etan Thomas, Nick Chiles, etc. which speaks from the heart of a father, youth advocate, poet, devoted dad, NBA player, etc. on what matters most in his life : being there for his children & knows firsthand the difference having a father in their life every day can make!!!...>>> In addition, he brings together a chorus of voices---highly revered professional athletes & coaches, actorFatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenges & performing artists, politicans, leaders of faith, etc.---to weigh in on the importance of being a Father is ...NOW / TODAY!!!...
>>>..."Fatherhood:...Ultimate Challenge", in Ten+ Chapters, 291+ Pages, opens with a Dedication, Table of Contents, Foreword By Tony Dungy & Introduction Sections, prior to Chapter One.
>>>...Chapter 01 - Got To Be There : Spending Time With Your Children.
>>>...Chapter 02 - Happy Feelings : Finding Joy With Your Children.
>>>...Chapter 03 - Stronger Than Pride : Showing Love To Your Children.
>>>...Chapter 04 - You've Got A Friend : Using Elders To Deliver Honesty & Wisdom To Your Children.
>>>...Chapter 05 - The Roots Of A Tree : Reaching Back Into History To Lift Up Your Children.
>>>...Chapter 06 - Sky Is The Limit : Helping Children Overcome Fatherlessness.
>>>...Chapter 07 - Don't Believe The Hype : Fighting The Stereotypes That Can Overwhelm Your Children.
>>>...Chapter 08 - Redemption Song : Overcoming Anger---You Have To Let It Go.
>>>...Chapter 09 - Dear Mama : Helping Single Mothers Shoulder The Burden.
>>>...
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By Ms. 90 on February 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
After hearing the young man speak, I put his book on my "to read" list. It wasn't much different from what I expected - Thomas talking about his love of being a father, his love for his children, the things fathers need to do, the things his father didn't do. I was mostly curious about what the men he solicited to contribute to his book had to say about fatherhood. Their offerings added so much more to what would have otherwise been just another ordinary book.
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