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Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew Paperback – June 1, 2011
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Thoughtful and honest, the author provides solid advice on how to be introspective, unearth life lessons from childhood and apply them as an adult.
--Kirkus Book Reviews
(Five Stars out of Five)
I found myself totally engrossed in the book and hardly noticed the time going by. At the end, ...I was sorry that it was over and felt that I had a made a new friend.
--About.Com Guide- Fatherhood (Wayne Parker)
2011 Winner of an International Book Award as a Finalist in the category Health: Cancer--International Book Awards --International Book Awards
Readers will embrace, mourn, delight in and admire what Bobblehead Dad has to offer. --ForeWord Reviews
...what I appreciated most about this book was that it made me think. And it made me think about things I don't often think about because I too, am often "bobbling" around from one hectic day to another. --BookDads
2011 Winner of an International Book Award as a Finalist in the category Health: Cancer
''Thoughtful and honest, the author provides solid advice on how to be introspective, unearth life lessons from childhood and apply them as an adult.'' --Kirkus Book Reviews
(Five Stars out of Five)
''I found myself totally engrossed in the book and hardly noticed the time going by. At the end, ...I was sorry that it was over and felt that I had a made a new friend. --Wayne Parker, About.Com Guide - Fatherhood
''Higley writes with a sweet, sincere humility. Readers will embrace, mourn, delight in and admire what Bobblehead Dad has to offer. Not knowing whether he'll live one year or fifty, Higley makes the present count for everything. There's much to learn from his particular brand of survival.'' --ForeWord Reviews
From the Inside Flap
"'Funny,' 'witty,' and 'entertaining' are not words people typically use to describe a story about cancer. But Bobblehead Dad isn't just about being sick. It's about the joy of living and discovering who you are, where you came from, and ultimately, where you want to be."
-Tracy Beckerman, syndicated humor columnist "Lost in Suburbia," and author of
Rebel without a Minivan.
"Jim Higley's soul-stirring memories of his Nebraska childhood strengthened him during his struggle with cancer. His life lessons are poignant, rich and oh-so-genuine. The healing is real."
- Suzette Martinez Standring, Syndicated columnist,Award winning Author, The Art of Column Writing
"The lessons that can be learned from Jim's courageous and beautiful story are invaluable. His touching words will evoke gratitude and push you to become a better person."
-Melinda Marchiano, Author and International Book Award Winner, Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery
"Why wait for that 'smack on the head' to wake up and enjoy the precious moments of life? I highly recommend Bobbblehead Dad to any who loves a page turner! The pictures tell thousands more words!"
-Wade Rouse, Best-selling author of At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream and It's All Relative
"Jim is an insightful and passionate storyteller who has written the new 'must read.' In a unique 'bridging the time-space continuum' style, Jim's book is a reflection, an inspiration, an entertaining and heartfelt read that is hard to put down. I heartily recommend it!"
-Sandra Gehring, Emmy Award winning author of Breaking Your Own News
"Jim writes about how to find life in the nooks and crannies of everyday existence. He reminds us not to wait for an emergency to live--he reminds us not to wait for anything. Best of all, he shows us how."
-Jason Seiden, author of Beyond Social
"Jim Higley invites others to look more closely at the positive pivotal aspects of challenging life experiences by humorously and courageously sharing intimate insights from his own. Throughout this beautiful book, readers will discover the liberation and empowerment derived from uncovering the hidden gems in both the everyday and unexpected leading them to their own journey of illumination."
- Annie Burnside, Author of Soul to Soul Parenting
"As an empty-head dad, I highly recommend 'Bobblehead Dad.' Jim Higley writes with warmth, humor, and optimism. He's also a great guy. Buy his book or I will come over to your house and drink all your beer."
- Jerry Zezima, Syndicated humor columnist for The Stamford Advocate and author of Leave It to Boomer
"Bobblehead Dad isn't a story about cancer so much as it is the story of a man who faced cancer-and way too much of it for just one family. You'll fall in love with Jim Higley the child, and root for Jim Higley, the dad with cancer. Bobblehead Dad is a delightfully soothing read for any parent who has steered a family through difficult times."
- Jen Singer, moderator, ParentingWithCancer.com, and author of You're a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren't So Bad EIther)
Top Customer Reviews
You cannot adequately describe a donut without describing the hole.
The lessons are short and seem to be pretty much common sense, although the author acknowledges this near the end of the book. He explains that while most people know these lessons and they may seem easy, they also seem to be difficult to actually put into practice. It would have been better if the author had acknowledged this near the beginning of the book rather than at the end, because it leads to a bit of frustration and forehead slapping.
The author's story is told in a nonlinear style. Each chapter/lesson is divided into two parts. The first is a personal memory, usually of growing up in a house where he was the youngest of five boys. At the age of fourteen, he lost his mother rather suddenly to brain cancer. Later, he lost his father, and then his brother, both to cancer. He shares personal memories of these particular parts of his life. The second part of each chapter involves how these parts influenced his feelings and reactions during the time he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, the time leading up to his surgery, and his recovery. Each chapter concludes with the lesson that he took away these experiences.Read more ›
No matter where you come from or what your experiences, you will finish this book feeling a personal connection with Bobblehead Dad. P.S. My husband read it non-stop, so I had to wait till he finished it to get my turn!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simple but powerful thoughts. Not only reminded me to live in the moment but also to be more patient with my children. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Ann Gonzalez
I actually enjoyed reading this book. It was easy reading and if you did not see yourself read it again.Published on January 11, 2014 by Toni
This is an endearing, insightful, thought-provoking story of one man's struggle to be a really good dad. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Bartholomew
Story was told with such compassion and humor. I really enjoyed this book. Have recommended it to many friends.Hope he writes an update of his life.Published on November 3, 2013 by bober bill
This is a great read with reflections on childhood as they
appear in adulthood. Common issues that are dealt with by
normal people give us a sense that we can all get... Read more
I am so very grateful to Jim Higley for sharing his hopes, his life, his history and most importantly, his life lessons. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Janet W
Easy uplifting read. Best free book yet. If you are in a reflective mood this is a great book. Not too heavy.Published on September 21, 2013 by Isabelle Helenthal