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What a Son Needs From His Dad: How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life [Kindle Edition]

Michael O'Donnell
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Encouragement and Wisdom on Fathering Boys

No one can prepare a son for life better than his father. Dads are role models and this book encourages fathers to grow into the kind of men they want their sons to become. Practical topics include preparing boys for work, marriage, sexuality, friendships, and their relationships with God. The author researches and speaks on family issues, and is also a dad himself. Originally published as How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life. Updated by the author.


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What Important Role Does a Dad Play in His Son's Life?


He may be a little boy asking you to play catch today. But what about the years to come? Will you continue to be an important influence, helping him realize the potential God has given him?

As a man, you know a lot of what your son will face, and no one is in a better position to prepare him for life. Michael O'Donnell's insights offer simple but powerful techniques to help you start your son on the road to maturity. You can build the father-son bond you want and lead him into a healthy, well-balanced manhood.

What a Son Needs From His Dad will give you proven day-to-day strategies to:
• instill character and strong spiritual values
• develop responsible habits toward work and money
• dialogue about sexuality and prepare him for marriage
• encourage godly friendships with other boys and men

Be the man you want your son to become and launch a relationship with him that will last a lifetime.

About the Author

Michael O'Donnell, Ph.D., served on the National Council of Family Relations, and is best known for his Adolescent Wellness Research Project, coconducted with renowned scholar Dr. Nick Stinnett. Their research has been the focus of numerous books, radio, T.V. and print features. Michael has an active blog and speaking ministry, and lives with his wife, Rachel, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Product Details

  • File Size: 440 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764209698
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprint edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UEXFL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for ANY dad!! March 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
I was recently given the opportunity to review "What a Son Needs From His Dad" by Michael O'Donnell (Bethany House). Having a young son, I was thrilled to review this book! I handed it off to my husband, to be able to get a dad's opinion of the book. Per my husband, this book was a great challenge of how to be the best role model for your son, in ways that will continue to mold his life into what God wants it to be.

From even the early years, he is being molded by what he sees, watches, and hears from his dad, whom he looks up to. This book shared great ideas to help a dad in encouraging your son to grow in a way pleasing to God.

"Be the man you want your son to become and launch a relationship with him that will last a lifetime." GREAT challenge for any Dad!!

I was given this book for free to review. The above comments are my own. I was not asked to write a positive review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great parenting book with subtle scripture. February 22, 2012
Format:Paperback
I understand what a single mom feels for their son when the father is not present. I was a single mom until my fiancee came into our lives and forever changed us as a family. I tried to be a mother as well as a father to my son. There are just somethings that no matter how hard you try, only a father can give to his son. Since I have been a tom-boy my entire life, I thought it would be easy to instill those male insights to my son. Boy, was I wrong. I mean, I take him fishing, on nature walks, we build camp fires together, ride the four-wheelers and get muddy together, but it is just not the same as doing it with your dad. As the years went by, before I met Ken (my fiancee), I realized that no matter how hard I tried, I am not his dad. I looked back at when I was a child, and my father was gone a lot. He was a general contractor and travels tri-state to get jobs to support the family. My mom had done the same things with me and my brother, try to give us the "dad" effect while he was gone, as she knew we missed him and all the things he did with us. We always knew it wasn't the same and she was just trying to keep our spirits up until he returned from his jobs.

I can honestly say that having my fiance in Zachary's life has made this little boy turn around completely. Even though I did my best, it really did not warrant the same effectas spending time with your dad. I was a lucky child in the essence that I had both of my parents, together my whole life (29 years), and actually they are still together (35 total years). I believe that just the unity of a family and how a child sees how things run in life affect them later on. I want my children to have the skills and tools to take care of them self as well as a family of their own someday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Success requires Great Preparation April 9, 2014
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A great book on the work we can do to prepare our sons for the world they face. I plan to use this book with my son.
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Very good book so far!I'm learning a lot from this book, I hope to continue to learn more! Thanks again
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Acclaimed author and public speaker Michael O'Donnell's book, What A Son Needs From His Dad - How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life is one of those books that I wish hospitals would give out to new Fathers at the hospital when their sons are born. In the past I had often wished that there was a book that hospitals could give to new parents when their child was born - a book that would instruct them and guide them in every area of life so that they could be the kind of parents that God wants them to be. Now I believe and know such a book exists and that book is The Holy Word of God, The Holy Bible. However, I believe that there also needs to be two separate books - one for each parent - that give good, solid, time-tested advice and words of wisdom concerning how to be a successful Mother or Father. Author O'Donnell's book would be an excellent option for dads.

In the first Chapter of his book author O'Donnell writes that there are seven core issues that every father needs to "work on with his son to lay a foundation of healthy masculine character." Fathers need to prepare their sons to be:
1. Devout disciples for Christ;
2. Good Citizens;
3. Holders of worthy vocations; responsible workers;
4. Choosers of good friends;
5. Sexually chaste; understanding of male sexuality; avoiding the hazards of pornography; and
6. Lovers of their wives; supporters of their marriages.

In Chapter 2 Author O'Donnell writes about "Effective Fathering." This chapter is rich in good sound advice for fathers as to how they can be most effective in their God given role as a dad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Fathers February 12, 2012
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No one can prepare a son for life better than his father. Dads are role models and this book encourages fathers to grow into the kind of men they want their sons to become.

What A Son Needs From His Dad: How A Man Prepares His Sons for Life is a book written specifically to fathers about their role in the family and more specifically in the lives of their sons. This book is a very easy read at only 141 pages and ten chapters. Each chapter addresses areas that are important to instill in the life of a son such as character development, choosing friends, how to be productive and raising industrious sons who have a skill or trade they are good at. The end of each chapter contains a "Thoughts and Discussions" section so your husband can spend some meditative time thinking about what he has read and how to put it into practice in everyday life with his sons.

As a Mom, I will never be able to understand my son the way my husband can. I am thankful that my son will have a Godly father to look up to and share life with because he will be able to relate to him in ways I can't. This book even equips the men in our lives to talk to their sons about hard topics like "the birds and the bees", how to treat women and eventually (hopefully) one day a wife, etc. This book also reminds our husbands what "true" fatherhood is and encourages them to be the kind of father the Bible speaks about.

This would be a wonderful book for any man who has a son because it not only reminds them about their role as the father but it helps show them how to develop a relationship with their son that will last for many years to come. What A Son Needs From His Dad is available through Bethany House Publishers for just $9.99.
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4.0 out of 5 stars gave to a friend
They said it was good - not exceptional but good. They have a young son 5 years old. God is Good!
Published 16 months ago by S. Berger
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and helpful
If you are a dad, you probably can identify with the desire to be a better dad. In this book, Michael O'Donnell takes a hard look at the parenting task. Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by Adam Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish my husband would read this great resource for dads
Okay it's probably obvious I'm not a dad - but I do have a son and I enjoy reading books that give me insight into raising my son. Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by Sarah J. Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Very simplistic lesson
I was a bit disappointed in this book. It didn't seem to have the "oomph" I was looking for. Books like these always seem to have a secret recipe, magic bullet, or one secret to... Read more
Published on February 17, 2012 by Jean Vogler
3.0 out of 5 stars Constant Reminder
I think the goal of every parent is to give their kids the tools they need so that they can be normal people. This book focuses on the relationship of a father to his son(s). Read more
Published on February 13, 2012 by BookitFamily
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book for both fathers and mothers
Thank you, Michael, for a much-needed book in today's fractured-family culture. This book is easy to read and packs a lot of wisdom in a few pages, giving men many excellent... Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it or Not Dads, You are Needed!
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. Read more
Published on February 4, 2012 by Paul Emery
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