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The Faith of a Child Paperback – February 26, 2010
"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
This is a great read that I plan to share with friends and family.
Brilliant and beautiful!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished on October 23, 2010 by Book Dads
This book is perfect for the expectant or new father - an insightful and telling book on the journey into fatherhood!Published on January 14, 2010 by Alliaon Saratella
Stefan Lanfer's writing style engages with its conversational fluidity and vividness. In this book, he brings his fatherhood experience to life in a way that made me feel as if I... Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by Christopher Harris
I was blown away by this book. I had followed the author's blog for awhile, and loved the way in which he wrote and described situations that we have all, moms and dads, been... Read morePublished on December 2, 2009 by L. Garsh