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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (February 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557134528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557134526
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,757,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Well written, sensitive and poignant...a must-read for any man becoming a father for the first time. Full of stories that will at times have the reader laughing out loud and at other times thinking deeply..." --Wayne Parker, About.com

"an amazing piece of artwork. Intricate in it's written style...One man's journey to... become and be dad...I don't think I have ever seen a better "dad guide" anywhere, anytime --John Taylor, TheDaddYo Blog review

"This is quite simply a work of literature and a work of art. It's been a long time since I read something that resonated so deeply that it could draw out the emotions I feel as a first-time father." --Chris Singer, BookDads.com

"From cover to cover, an enjoyable read. No blatant advice...[just] simple stories from the life of a new dad coming into his own....You come away with a sense- 'Hey I can do this!'"
--Keith Marble, BreakAwayDad.com

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Stefan Lanfer is a Boston-based communications professional, playwright and father of three. His Twitter profile is @stefanlanfer.

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Written in a style somewhere between poetry and prose.
chad welch
It is truly a fun, loving, easy read for first time or experienced moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and caretakers!
L. Garsh
Its stories will illuminate your path through fatherhood.
Stephen Wallace

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Dads on October 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is quite simply a work of literature and a work of art. It's been a long time since I read something that resonated so deeply inside of me that it could draw out the emotions I feel as a first-time father.

Maybe it is the structure of the book itself which lends itself to this. The book is written in a very unique style that doesn't quite look like prose, but also doesn't really match poetry. Lanfer, a playwright as well, lets us know in the first chapter, which incidentally isn't the right term either, that this style was influenced from reading many plays and writing personalized no-thank you cards. The "chapters," in The Faith of a Child, indeed read more like scenes or vignettes from a play than the typical memoir.

While this book was written and intended for dads-to-be, the potential audience who would enjoy this read is much larger. I can see grandparents, moms, and "veteran" dads also enjoying this book. For me, a dad for a mere 13 months, I found myself finally finding the words to describe my emotions about being a father. That is a powerful experience, I can assure you. I found myself getting tears in my eyes throughout my reading of this book. Not tears of sadness either, but happy tears at finding so many similar memories and experiences as I read.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Rockwell on December 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
As an expectant father, the book couldn't have come at a better time for me. I've read a number of books to prepare for parenting and fatherhood, but Stefan offers something much more unique in sharing the the internal thoughts, worries and joys in a autobiographical narrative that is "not quite poetry", but certainly seems as much. Its one thing to read the ten point plan for fatherhood, but "The Faith of a Child" gives you a ringside seat into the first couple of years of fatherhood.

Stefan writes with such a raw honesty about the insecurities, the self-doubt, and the sometimes overwhelming feelings of love and awe that come with being a father. His acknowledgement of such feelings provides affirmation to fathers that its okay to not always have the answers, to feel second fiddle to your wife as a parent, or to just be exhausted at times with the experience.

After reading the book, I said to myself, "If I'm half as good a father as Stefan is, I'll be doing okay."

We've bought a few of copies for the other new and expectant fathers in our lives and commend this book to parents everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Sweetser on February 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have to say that as a non-religious person, I was a bit concerned by the title of this book at first, but I've enjoyed Stefan's blog [...] and am expecting my first child this summer, so I really wanted to pick this up. From the time I started reading I had a difficult time putting it down. Through the ups and downs, Stefan really captures the magic of his parenting experiences, and I look forward to creating my own. I only hope that my memories of the experience can be captured in a similar manner that my child might be able to enjoy as he grows older.

This is a great read that I plan to share with friends and family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Bowman on January 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Whether your first child is on the way, in the house, or out on their own, this book will entertain you and must be read. It is not a "how-to", nor is it preachy or overbearing. This book captures the essence of fatherhood and family. It illuminates the small (and large) moments in the life of a family, and shows them as they are: sometimes frightening, exciting, or even overwhelming, but always profound and wonderful. You will put this book down with a sense of awe for the beauty of life, and appreciation for all of the wonderful people who are a part of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Stagl on December 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a Mom I thoroughly enjoy reading the stories in this book. Through his stories, the author somehow manages to describe the indescribable: the roller coaster emotions of parenthood. At the same time he provides a uniquely Dad point of view that gives us Moms some new insights into what it's like to not be Mom.

Brilliant and beautiful!
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This is not a manual for father hood. Those are out there and they are important, but so are stories.

Lanfer explains in the preface that his wife was surrounded by a support group of women to guide her through the path of motherhood, but for him it consisted of primarily jokes about the sleep and golf that he would never see again.

In his own life Lanfer made a big pot of chili and invited men in his life to come over and fill him with their stories. It is one thing to know the mechanics of what will happen in the maternity ward, it's another to hear the stories of men who have been there.

And seeing that void, he wrote this book.

The chapters are short and easy to read. Written in a style somewhere between poetry and prose. Some stories are sad, some encouraging and some funny. Even as veteran stay at home dad for 10 years I enjoyed reading Lanfer's stories of becoming a father and of fatherhood. Some places our stories differ, but a lot of times it reminded me of some of those early years. So even if you have been a father for years you will enjoy reading someone else's journey.

The real target audience is the expectant father. The one who has yet to journey down the path.

So my suggestion is when you have a friend that is on the path to fatherhood and the women are putting together a shower to celebrate the mother, make a big pot of chili and invite other friends who are on their various fatherhood paths to come and fill the expectant dad with their stories. Then give them this book to continue hearing stories as they continue their journey.
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