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When my great friend, Adam Witty, approached me about writing the foreword for one of his favorite authors and clients, my interest was piqued. It’s not every day that Adam asks for a favor, so I knew this was a special circumstance. He told me a little bit about Tom, and some of our shared ideals, and then he said, “Just read the book. Tom’s story is impossible to put down. You’ll see.” He was right.
Tom Watson possesses a unique and powerful characteristic: optimism. This is very important to me personally, because several of my mentors have taught me that optimism is a choice; it’s a decision that we make on a daily basis. In the face of potentially paralyzing adversity, Tom chose optimism. He continues to make that choice every day – for the sake of his three boys, his wife, his business associates, friends and community. It was not an easy choice by any stretch of the imagination.
There is so much in these pages that resonates with me, both on a personal and professional level. Man Shoes is honest, it’s humorous, it’s inspiring...and as Adam promised, it’s impossible to put down. As the father of 19 children, 14 of which were adopted from four different countries, I have experienced firsthand how opening your heart and home to a child makes a lifelong difference. The power of changing lives through fostering and adoption was not lost on Mr. and Mrs. Watson, who brought little Tommy into their home when he was just five years old. Their home and their love became the anchor that would stabilize him through the stormy seas of life. Without it, Tom Watson would have been adrift.
The feeling of belonging, of feeling safe, of knowing that you are loved, and the importance of that security in the life of a small child are themes that dance throughout this heartfelt book. From childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood, Tom, like all of us, had some hard lessons to learn as he grew to fill the “Man Shoes” that allowed him to be a better husband and father. He speaks to both men and women about responsibility and what that looks like in each of those roles.
Tom exemplifies so many of the qualities that I value. Passion in what you do, in your career, in your family and in your faith. Truly loving what you do, as Tom does, spills over into all areas of your life and perpetuates the positivity that is so critical to being a role model to your children. The power of leading by example when molding the values of your children cannot be underestimated. Tom always brings a healthy dose of humor and characteristic devilishness to both the silly and the serious times.
Man Shoes in an invaluable, personal story of empowerment that will motivate readers to live their best lives. This book is for anyone struggling with the challenges of new parenthood or the responsibilities of adulthood. Watson’s book is a slam dunk!
—Pat Williams, Senior Vice-President The Orlando Magic, Orlando, FL
National Basketball Association (NBA)

About the Author

Tom Watson is the Founder of Your Better Life, a company committed to empowering people to achieve greater success and live better, more fulfilled lives. Tom is also the Owner and President of Recreation Excellence, a highly successful recreation services and facility management company in Western Canada. Backed by a Masters Degree and three decades of upper level management experience, Tom is a dynamic coach, sought-after international speaker, creative consultant and positive team leader. He and his lovely wife Kathy are the proud parents of three sons, Brad, Kelly and Jordan. Tom and his family live in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Advantage Media Group (May 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599321742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599321745
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,092,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
As a woman, I wasn't sure this book would really be relevant to me, but I decided to give it a chance. It's always nice to have another perspective. I devoured this book the day it arrived. In the span of the two hours it took me to finish this book, I laughed, and cried, and laughed, and cried some more! It's very emotional so I do recommend a box of tissues.

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Tom Watson's book, Man Shoes-The Journey To Becoming A Better Man, Husband & Father, is an inspirational story about the legacy we leave through our interactions with others. Tom had a challenging beginning from his birth to parents ill prepared to raise a child through his tween years. As a neglected an abused child, he developed patterns of chaos and self-defeating behaviors. He began to see his worth as a person of possibilities ONLY when his final foster parents and some very special individuals invested time, wisdom and unconditional love, by helping him grow into his "Man Shoes". He makes the analogy of his shoe shopping experiences with his foster mother (purchasing the next larger size). He connects it to his physical, spiritual and emotional growth into his Man Shoes as a way of understanding that we must always leave room to grow in our life circumstances. While purchasing shoes that fit, at that moment in time, it would not leave any room to grow. However,by purchasing the next larger size he could grow into them. His reasoning is that while it might be comfortable...it may not be all that he truly needed. In life, being slightly uncomfortable in some situations can leave room to grow into the person that you are destined to become with the right encouragement, emotional support and teaching. I would recommend this book highly to anyone who has challenges to overcome, lives to impact and influence and to anyone wishing to live a more fulfilling life.
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A walk in Man Shoes begins with a single step. It is incredible that both as a child and an adult Tom had so much adversity and was yet able to turn himself around, face his fears, and become such a compassionate and motivated human being. There are several 'take away' lessons in the book for all of us.

Tim Pelton
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As a fellow "survivor" of growing up through challenges, Tom's real story resonated with truth and emotion about life, love, fear, honesty, laughter, tears, challenges and successes. For every parent, spouse or child, this story hits home and reminds us all of the different challenges we may face in life, how we can choose to become who we really want to be and make a real difference to our Families and those we love. I read so many things that reminded me of similar "wow" moments with my own life, my kids, and my Family. It brought me back to feelings of strength, courage and caring.....all qualities I hope have been passed on to my kids through there own challenges in life.

Through Tom's unique storytelling, "keeping it real" the whole way along, you'll laugh, cry and learn to appreciate life even more than today, but most of all, you'll want to share what you read.

Man or Woman, Parent or Child, read this book. It will remind you that love CAN conquer all.
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A unique love story unfolds between Tom Watson and the people who entered his life. Through difficult and challenging experiences, Tom found a way to the find positives in every relationship. The stories in this book are ones that we can relate to regardless of age or gender. This is a must read for anyone with a relationship!
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Even though I normally only review books for children or young adults, I jumped at the chance to read and review Tom Watson's new book, `Man Shoes, The Journey to Becoming a Better Man, Husband and Father'. As a foster parent myself, I love to read inspiring true stories of former foster children who have beat the odds and went on to break the cycle of abuse and neglect.

As Tom Watson describes in his book, he definitely had a rough start to life. By the time he was five years old, he had already been in 13 different foster homes and suffered severe neglect and abuse, both at the hands of his biological family and from some of the foster homes that were supposed to be helping him. Mercifully, at the age of five, Tom finally found a real home, one that would eventually adopt him. The Watson family showed Tom all of the love, acceptance, kindness and support that he had always lacked.

Of course, no child changes overnight, so over the remainder of his childhood, Tom struggled with many of the same issues many other children with traumatic backgrounds endure. Even with the love and support of a stable home, it wasn't until many years later that Tom Watson started to really change from the inside. With the help of his wife and later his own children, Tom finally grew into the person that he was always meant to be, a great man, husband and father.

Of course, no life journey is without its tragedies and failures, but overall this story is an inspiring, beautiful story about healing and the search for a better way of life. This book touched my heart in a way that is rarely achieved, and gave me hope that the children I am sharing my life with will have the opportunity to grow into the kind of adults I know they could be.
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