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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310279216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310279211
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

When I found out my wife, Christine, was pregnant, I had no idea what I was thinking or feeling, and no clue what I should be thinking or feeling. Christine had daily heart-to-hearts with her girlfriends and a stack of parenting books by her bed. I had lots of questions with no answers. So I started writing. It was either that, or try to ignore the whole thing -- a choice that became increasingly difficult as Christine's belly became increasingly swollen.<br><br>Rookie Dad is the story of a young husband and father learning how to pay attention to his family's changing size and shape. It's a story filled with hard questions, with laughter and tears, and with the unexpected joy of first-time fatherhood. It's my story -- the story of how I became a dad. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David Jacobsen holds master’s degrees in theology and creative writing. He teaches and writes in central Oregon, where he lives with his wife, Christine, and their sons. He can be reached through his website, http://jacobsenwriting.com.


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David Jacobsen is a writer, editor, and teacher. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Westmont College and a master's degree from Regent College (Christianity and the arts) and Seattle Pacific University (creative writing). He believes "the story of any one of us is in some measure the story of us all," a conviction that shapes his writing--and a phrase of Frederick Buechner's that he's fond of stealing. His essays have appeared in various journals and anthologies, and he is the author of Rookie Dad: Thoughts on First-Time Fatherhood. He is represented by Don Jacobson of D. C. Jacobson & Associates. He and his wife have lived in California, Austria, and British Columbia, and now they make their home with their two boys in central Oregon. When not thinking about words, he enjoys mountain biking, pickup soccer, and Oregon's craft-brew scene, as well as writing terribly compelling bios.

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I enjoyed the writing style and enjoyed the book overall.
New mom
Reading the book caused me to reflect on my own experiences as a father, and to find the humor and beauty in the mundane moments of parenthood.
Justin M. Glessner
Whether you're an expecting parent, or you know one, Rookie Dad is a must read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anders Nelson on November 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
My friend gave me this book since my wife and I are expecting and I found it to be a very good read. Jacobsen gets down the the nitty gritty and truly explores his innermost feelings of being a first time Dad while sprinkling his writing with great humor and wit. He uses appropriate anecdotes, that anyone could relate to, to illustrate the fears, frustrations and feelings he's having throughout the entire pregnancy process. His fresh outlook on the male's side of pregnancy is great for males and females alike who either expect to have a child or have gone through the process many times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten Westdahl on November 26, 2007
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I have had a lot of experience working with children and first time parents. This book examines the true emotions a first time parent experiences as well as the adventures a couple goes through in the process. Honestly, I couldn't put it down once I started reading it, and I plan to buy copies for every first time parent, that I know. I am sure they will enjoy it as much as I did! It is amazing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cleo on November 19, 2007
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I really enjoyed this book. Great writing, great insights, and very educational. :) Sometimes it's laugh-out-loud, sometimes thought-provoking... I'd definitely read it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By reading mom on December 12, 2007
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As the mother of two children I feel I am a fairly good judge of parenting books. I loved how this author talked about his relationship with his father and his son. This was an entertaining and informative read. I can't wait for his next book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shane Beninga on December 6, 2007
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Rookie Dad reveals the thoughts and feelings of a first time father in a way that amuses, comforts, and instructs all at the same time. David Jacobson takes the reader through the whole process of getting used to the idea of a new life that can't yet be seen to delighting over a fire-truck that makes your child squeal with joy. I loved hearing his insightful reflections, and I am giving this book as a gift to a few new fathers for this Christmas! While this book is most helpful and relevant to new fathers, anyone who takes care of children or appreciates thoughtful ruminations on life will find it an enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin M. Glessner on December 1, 2007
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I absolutely loved this book. At the end of each chapter I felt pulled between diving into the next chapter and stopping to savor the poignant wisdom. Reading the book caused me to reflect on my own experiences as a father, and to find the humor and beauty in the mundane moments of parenthood. I now feel new energy to continue the sacred journey of parenting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on July 15, 2008
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Becoming a parent is like jumping off a cliff --- a mixture of excitement, elation and fear of the unknown all blended into one life-altering experience. Fortunately, there is a library of helpful books and resources for women that explains the ins and outs of pregnancy and becoming a mom.

But what about dad? While fathers-to-be may feel some level of comfort in knowing what placenta means or understanding that some pregnant woman's feet really do change size (and she's not really using the pregnancy as an excuse to buy all-new shoes) from the most popular pregnancy books, there aren't as many resources designed specifically for men. That's where ROOKIE DAD: Thoughts on First-Time Fatherhood by David Jacobsen comes in.

As the title suggests, this book is a personal memoir on the ups and downs of becoming a dad. Through the proddings of his wife, Christine, David agreed that it was time for the young couple to begin a family. With David still in graduate school and bills bigger than paychecks, a well-meaning family member gently asked if they should wait. David was convinced that even if it wasn't the best time, it would make his wife shine. They skipped the birth control, and before they knew it, Nicholas was on his way into the world.

Chapter by chapter, Jacobsen walks readers through their journey from ultrasound to birth to lost nights of sleep. At one point, the couple faces an unexpected obstacle: there is a chance that their child has Down's Syndrome. A few months later, they celebrate Nicholas's entry into the world; he is a perfectly healthy baby.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Hata on November 27, 2007
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This book offers an honest look into the joys and struggles of being a first -time parent. Each chapter was a delightful insight into the fears and anticipations of parenthood with the perfect blend of humor and sincerity.
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