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Congratulations, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: What's Ahead from A to Z for First-Time Fathers Paperback – January 15, 2002

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"Many first-time fathers-to-be have no idea what is before them. In many cases they had fathers who weren't involved with them during their formative years. This book was written to help new dads prepare for what lies ahead for them from the time they first learn they are pregnant to when the baby is around eighteen months old. It also includes advice from new dads from James Dobson, Chuck Swindoll and others. . . .I wish my husband and our sons had had the book to read many years ago when they were going through the process. I would encourage you to give a copy or recommend this book to everyone you know who is becoming a dad for the first time." (Ann Bales All About Families Newsletter 2006-09-01) --1

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Most dads look forward to d-day (delivery day) with a strange mix of excitement and dread. And it’s no surprise since the birth of his first child is probably among the most nerve-stretching events a man will ever experience.

While dads-to-be are plagued by thousands of questions about entering the baby-fray, guys aren’t likely to sit down with their fathers and friends to engage in “baby-talk.” So where does a dad find a reliable source of information and preserve his “he-man” image?

This is the resource you’re looking for. Set up in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format, this book is written by a veteran dad and his wife, who clearly presents the female perspective—and the medical insights afforded by her training—on matters that sometimes confuse men. Also included are features by several “seasoned dads”—such as Dr. James Dobson and Chuck Swindoll—who have experienced much in the trenches of fatherhood and now pass what they’ve learned along to readers.

“Here's a book that will help first-time dads get off to a good start.”

—Dr. Joseph M. Stowell
President, Moody Bible Institute

"I know Paul and Pam, and I recommend this book for first-time fathers."

—Chuck Swindoll

Paul and Pamela Pettit are the extraordinarily busy parents of five children and live in Dallas, Texas, where Paul serves as Associate Director of Spiritual Formation and the President & Founder of Dynamic Dads. Pamela works on the transport team for neonatal intensive care for Baylor University Medical Center. Paul is a former sportscaster and popular speaker for men’s groups and young people.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082543484X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825434846
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very good at helping men understand a lot of the things that go with pregnancy and childbirth, in an easy to understand methode (alphabetical order). However, I was not expecting this book to be focused on Christian religious beliefs. For a family who is not Christian, this was a little annoying, as we did not relate to the many stories from men in the church community. Basically at the beginning of each letter, there is a short story from a minister, or religious teacher about his experience with his own wife and childbirth etc. While the stories were very touching, they were filled with Christian language and references to the bible. If on the other hand you are a devout Christian, this is the book for you.
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Who do women turn to for information when they're pregnant? Many times they know other women who have either been through a pregnancy, or who are pregnant at the same time as they are. Who do the soon-to-be husbands turn to? Other men or women? I tend to think not. Let's face it...it's easier for women to discuss their pregnancies than it is for their husbands. Actually, it's easier for women to discuss lots of things :-). So if men don't turn to anyone else, where can they turn to to find the answers to their many questions about their wife's pregnancy? One good source is the book, "Congratulations, You're Gonna Be a Dad," by Paul & Pam Pettit.
As a mother, I was able to relate to many of the situations in the book. Men, on the other hand, will certainly gain a lot of knowledge, and read what it's like to be a dad from the many stories written by fathers. Soon-to-be dads will learn what it means when someone tells their wife that they are "glowing;" what a "growth spurt" is; and many more useful facts about pregnancy and fatherhood. And women...men will also get some tips on how to prevent and treat diaper rash -- now there's no excuse! I think soon-to-be fathers will gain a little more respect for women, pregnancy, and the whole process of reproduction after they've read this book :-).
My ParenTime recommends "Congratulations Youre Gonna Be a Dad" - It's informative, enlightening, a joy to read, and will help men prepare a little more mentally, for an event that will soon change the rest of their lives.
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Although this is a Christian faith based book, it has alot of great tips for a new dad! My fiance loved it.
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