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Man Shoes Hardcover – May 14, 2011
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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)
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my fault completely. I was looking for a biography on Tom Watson the golfer. Should have read about book before ordering.Published 3 months ago by Ross Barrett
Man Shoes is a must read and an inspirational book for people of all ages. As a friend of the author I did not know he edured such heartbreak as a child and in his adult years... Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Judy Flaherty
Man Shoes is an inspirational story about a man who was a neglected and abused as a child. He grew to see his worth as a person of possibilities ONLY when some very special people... Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by MomBlogger
After reading this inspiring book, and was finished crying, I became angry. Angry and heartsick regarding the seemingly endless news stories about children being murdered by their... Read morePublished on March 20, 2012 by Betty Ochs
This was a great story that was so inspirational. As a reader you are brought into the story and able to see how one man has taken the pieces of his life and made himself a better... Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by Dad of Divas
Tom Watson wrote a compelling story of his life. He was in foster care and overcame a lot of adversity. Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Skywalker9
Tom shares the story of his life. In the midst of the struggles, pain and joy we see how it is possible to make it through any experience life throws at us. Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Shawn
We all become better men, husbands and fathers in different ways. I think that is largely because we are all raised differently. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Bill Grandi