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Leader of the Pack: How a single dad of five led his kids, his business and himself from disaster to success. by [Sweetwood, Matt]
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Review Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed By Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
To all single parents out there (not just dads), Leader of the Pack by Matt Sweetwood should be required reading before you embark on your own journey of trying to raise children without a loving and caring spouse beside you. Leader of the Pack is the most powerful personal memoir I've read in a very long time. I found the narrative of this harrowing tale so compelling that I literally could not stop reading it. Readers will groan in disbelief in places and shout at the main character (Matt himself!) asking, "What were you thinking?" But all through it, the man's simple desire to just be happy and to raise his five children the best way he can comes shining through. If I could give this book more than five stars, I surely would. Congratulations on such a frank and honest memoir. 

Review Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
This is an inspiring story with powerful lessons for readers. Written in a friendly, easy-to-understand, yet insightful style, the book will evoke stirrings in the hearts of readers, the hunger to pursue what really matters in life. This book made me cry in some places, made me smile as well...the author and captures the emotion best in the following words: "On the day my life changed forever, I looked wildly around for any means of escape, but all I saw were their pale and frightened faces, staring up at me." It's a treasure trove.

Review Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed By Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
This is a powerful and inspiring story, that unveils one man's quest for success and meaning, and the principles he used to get his family out of difficulties and on to success. Many readers can connect with this story, told in a very simple and compelling style. Matt Sweetwood's writing is filled with a rare sense of empathy and he makes readers care. His experiences are insightfully crafted, and it doesn't take much time for readers to find themselves rooting for him. The conflict is beautifully portrayed in the writing --psychological, interpersonal, and physical -- and readers will be amazed at how the author uses what could have been negative as inspiration to make his life better. Readers will find in this book the empowering words and the example they need to succeed.

Review Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed By Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
It was like watching a train wreck. A phrase used to describe something so compelling and unique you cannot turn away. Believe me, Leader of the Pack by Matt Sweetwood is a train wreck. Not the book, which is indeed more gripping than your most nail-biting thriller, but his incredible, belief-defying challenge of an adult life..., Mr. Sweetwood's book comes as a stark reminder that men too are vital to its success. His story is not eloquently told. He does not put on airs. This is a plain-spoken but energetically vivid retelling of an inspiring response to an appalling life, and one feels ecstatically victorious at the end.

Review Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
The book questions the gender stereotypes in society and attempts to smash them. It is certainly high time both men and women could become free of any gender-enforced rules of how to act or behave, or who should do what. Fathers certainly can have and should have an important role in nurturing children and this fact is brought out well in this story. Overall, this is a motivational read for anyone hoping to raise healthy, well-adjusted kids, despite battling trauma, mental illness, or single parenting, whether male or female.

From the Author

Whether it's one of my published articles or whether I speakin front of thousands, small groups or counsel individuals, I get asked the samequestions over and over again - the same ones I see daily on my social mediatoo. And here are a few examples:

* I've never heard of a man raising five little kids on hisown. How did you survive?
* How were you able to run a successful business and managethat household?
* Did you treat your girls differently than your boys?
* How could you find the time or energy to date?
* Were women willing to date a single dad with sole custodyof 5 kids?
* Most men don't know how to ask for help. Could you?
* Why aren't you angry?
* How did you discover your spiritual side?
* You seem so positive and your life is so full and meaningful.How are you able to have such a big life?
* You are the first single-dad I know that has written andspoken so extensively about his journey? What drove you to do that?
I wrote Leader of thePack because there are millions of people who have those same questions (andmany more) and I am the one man who has the unique life experience and a willingnessto openly speak and write about it.
Women who read my writing, hear me speak or watch my videos,cry, laugh, and thank me for sharing an emotional and visceral side of manhoodthey rarely, if ever, get to see. They tell me they have never seen a man whounderstands motherhood so well. They are also captivated by my uniquely maleapproach to mothering. Men give me a thumbs-up, a manly fist-bump and a "thankyou." And they reach out to me for advice on parenting, divorce, dating or justhow to make it all work and have a life they can enjoy.
However, what I get asked the most by both women and men is,"When is your book coming out? I need to read it now."
When the sh-t hit the fan in my life, I, without warning,was thrown into the insane circumstance of raising my five kids (one still indiapers) by myself after their mother, my wife,abandoned us. I was about as equipped to do that as to fly a fighterjet, but I had no choice. But my story is way more than one of a single-dad offive, it's about how one can find themselves in the fires of hell and make itback again - better and stronger than before - and with a message that inspiresand transforms other people's lives - emotionally, physically, mentally, andspiritually.
I was unprepared, overwhelmed, broke, and often depressedand I was sure I would not live through the experience. With five kids undereight years old to care for, a large business to run, a court system bent onbankrupting me, all I saw was a 20-year jail term ahead of me, ending with meold, broke, and broken. I saw a heart attack or stroke in my future stemmingfrom the stress and exhaustion and heartbreak - in particular from seeing thepain my children were experiencing. It really did feel like I was walking on mylips through busted glass and I felt that way for years.
Finally, though, one day, it was over.
I had survived endless arguments and court cases, paidinsane legal fees, won a supreme court case, rid myself of two women that werevery bad for me and made it through my kid's adolescent hormone-assistedtriumphs and tragedies and stood with the wreckage of my past behind me andfive well-adjusted, kind-hearted, and highly successful adult children in frontof me. I even transformed an excruciatingly difficult business into asuccessful one and sold it. I found my purpose, my spirituality, and mymanhood. I also built a business, a new career, and a brand that businesspeople, parents and humans everywhere want to know more about.
Today, I get daily emails, social media interactions andphone calls from others asking for help, advice or just to thank me for lettingthem know they aren't alone. The facts of our lives may have been different butthe feelings were the same. My book, Leaderof the Pack, is another platform to share my story to a wider audience ofpeople who need to know, if I could make it through my hell-scape, and buildthe BIG life that I have now, they can make it through theirs and they too canfind a life worth living.

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  • File Size: 508 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07BYCR1M1
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