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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Total Health Organization, LLC; 1 edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988816601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988816602
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Clay Brizendine is the author of the Shoebox Letters series after having spent over twelve years in corporate-america. He has a passion for all things health and wellness and has consulted on healthy lifestyle matters for over five years as a personal trainer, corporate wellness trainer, and strategist for a non-profit. He strives to bring his personal purpose of "enabling dreams to come true through healthy living" to life by discussing the roles that the body, heart, mind, and soul all play in wellness. A native of the Louisville, Kentucky area and a graduate of Purdue University, he currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and two daughters.

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Clay Brizendine is a health and wellness entrepreneur, a personal and corporate trainer, and author of Shoebox Letters - Daughters to Dads.

Brizendine is the Director of Total Health Organization. Total Health Organization is a company Brizendine founded 'To enable dreams to come true through healthy living,' and its solutions are designed to focus on total person wellness - body, mind, heart, and soul wellness. Today's THO brands include Shoebox Letters, Simplify to Amplify, a 1-day organizational training helping participants discover their truest priorities and passionately engage with them, and On the Write Path, a seminar series designed to aid new authors on their path to publishing their books.

His experience in the health and wellness space includes holding the Executive Director position at go Vibrant, a Cincinnati-based non-profit focused on making healthy living irresistible. Brizendine ranked as a top-5 trainer at Procter & Gamble for their training course entitled 'Corporate Athlete,' a training program based off of the Corporate Athlete curriculum from the Human Performance Institute. He is a certified personal trainer (NASM-CPT) and has also worked as a volunteer at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Brizendine worked at Procter & Gamble from 2000-2012 in various marketing roles. Originally from the Louisville, KY area and a graduate of Purdue University, he currently resides in Cincinnati, OH with his wife and two daughters.

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When I got my book and read the other letters, I was very touched.
Alice R. Cutler
The heartfelt and human themes woven into the honest and courageous letters in Clay Brizendine's book make it a must read for everyone.
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I love that this book focused on every aspect of the relationships of fathers and daughters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CHARLES H. DESIMONE on January 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
I didn't buy this book, and I didn't read it as a normal person would. I set the type.

As I was designing this book for the author, I found myself laughing out loud at some of the experiences the daughters relayed about the dumb things their dads would do, and found myself sobbing at tear-jerking moments of deep love and bonding, or of loss and hurt. The most endearing part was retouching the precious old photographs and placing them next to words that described the daughters' most cherished moments with their dads. Finally, in proofing the text, I did read the entire piece front to back, and it was a truly astonishing compilation of letters that range from the greatest love and devotion and pride for fathers to sorrowful accounts of resentment and brokenness. Every letter, however, does express a love of some sort for each dad from his daughter.

As a designer and typographer who appreciates excellent formatting, I give Clay's book 5 out of 5 stars for content alone. This has nothing to do with design. The letters themselves, honest and raw to the bone, are treasures in themselves. But the superb categorizing of each letter into relevant chapters, along with Clay's profound essay for each set of letters -- and his obvious passion for enlightening his readers, showing how to heal and bond relationships through the power of letter writing -- makes this book a real joy to read and to learn from. This is the ultimate Father's Day gift.

Finally, in working with Clay I have realized he is truly a man of character, honest and sincere, and wishes most of all to give his readers an enlightening, entertaining and memorable experience.

This could have gone to press sooner, if tears hadn't clouded this designer's workspace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OHBadger on January 31, 2013
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As a Father to a 7-year old girl (and a brother sisters, husband, etc.), I am consciously aware of the impact a father's behavior will have on his daughter. No role is more important. I expected this book to cause reflection on the role I have with my daughter, but it also caused me to think about the relationships I have with all of my family members, and those they have with each other. Nothing is more powerful than listening to others' realities for me--that's how I learn. This is a quick, must read, not because you're a father of a daughter, but because you value all of your relationships and care about those close to you. Can't wait for Sons to Dads, and any other iteration that might come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Aiuto on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
As an author to one of the letters in this book, I can give perspective on what it's been like to be part of the creation process for this amazing idea of Clay's.

Clay, a dear friend of almost 13 years, had a vision for this book of letters and essentially "life lessons" in the relationship between Daughter and Dad. No other "Hallmark" type book on the market had met his needs and as you'll find in the initial pages of this book, upon becoming a father of two beautiful girls, Clay felt he needed something more. So he reached out to his vast and diverse network with a simple request - can you write a letter to your Dad, as you are today and wherever he's at today (alive, deceased, etc...) and just put on paper what you'd like to say to him.

And so I did... in about 30 minutes one late night, I put on paper what was in my heart and on my mind - ideas and feelings I had never ever shared with my Dad. And then I sent it to Clay to help him on his way.

It wasn't until Christmas came along when I decided that this letter was actually really precious - and something that my Dad might enjoy reading on his own, in advance of the book coming out. So, with Clay's gift of a pre-face letter, I put both in an envelope and stuffed it in his Christmas stocking. I had to choose the time and the place for him to read it and absorb it - he's a bit of a softy at heart and the letter was really deep so I knew it couldn't be read in any setting.

My Dad's reaction was priceless. What I had to say touched him to the core and I cried along with him. He asked me questions and asked more about the book and wondered what else I felt and thought... and if I said so many good things, surely there had to be some bad things too. We talked for hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice R. Cutler on March 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
I contributed to this book as one of the letter writers. When I got my book and read the other letters, I was very touched. This is not a cheesy book. This is the real deal, daughters writing very genuine and heartfelt letter to their dads. Makes a wonderful gift for a daughter to her dad--keep in mind for Fathers Day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DAVID C SCHNEEBERGER on March 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
As an author of one of the letters in this book (I am writing this review from my husband's account), I am happy to say what an honor it was to be asked by my elementary school friend, Clay, to take part in such an exciting project. I've admired Clay's professionalism, positive energy, and tireless work ethic for years, and his conceptualization of this book is a clear demonstration that he's fulfilled the very difficult task of reaching a wide audience with even the most intimate of messages. The book touches on some heavy issues, which is understandable given the complexities that come with the dad-daughter relationship. It took me several weeks and several drafts to complete my letter, but what a rewarding experience it was for me to put pen to paper and speak to my dad from the heart. My dad and I have a great relationship, but he's never been the kind to say "I love you" and the end of every phone call. I plan to give him the book for his birthday next month, and as another reviewer remarked, I look forward to the conversations that will follow. These letters are raw and honest, and as such they can reach all dads and daughters, no matter the character of their relationship. Kudos to Clay for compiling a keepsake, conversation starter, self-reflection tool, and genuinely pleasant read into one little book.
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