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Writer Dad: Life's Better With the Right Words Paperback – August 6, 2013
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Well, I liked it a LOT more than that. I loved it.
It's a very inspiring book. You're not just getting a story here about how a successful writer became a success. Yes, in part, it's a story about a man and the dreams he's had and how he made them come true. In that regard, I think that anyone (not just writers) would enjoy and be inspired by the book.
But this book is even more than that. It's also a great love story.
Sean mentions at the beginning of the book that he's written it for his wife Cindy and for their children. Even when Cindy and the kids aren't mentioned by name, you can still feel them on every page of this book. It's obvious at every moment that Sean loves his family more than anything in the world.
A lot of writers couldn't pull off writing and sharing about that kind of devotion without it sounding too corny, fake, or over the top. Well, that's not the case here. Sean shares all kinds of stories about Cindy and the kids in ways that always read as sincere. A lot of the stories are funny and a lot are often touching.
I'll be honest. There were a couple of times that the book actually made me cry. Not because of any sad parts of their story, but because I was moved by how awesome Sean and his family seem to be with each other. They hit a lot of obstacles and big problems on their way to where they are now and they seemed to get through them because of how great of a family they are.
But don't take my word for it. Go and read this great book.
You want inspiration in reaching your dreams? It's here. You want a love story? It's here. You want some laughs and great feelings along the way?
This book is full of truth and pain, from what seems like it's been a difficult life. That's not to say that the author has been through violence or drugs, but he has certainly seen more financial hardship than I, and most people I know, have.
The fact that Sean Platt is a successful author seems to be in spite of, rather than because of, circumstances. A lot of it has to be owed to his wife, Cindy, who practically forces him to write when he feels he's not good enough. A constant series of events seem to be forcing the author away from writing fiction. And yet he keeps coming back to it.
This book is intriguing, thrilling and captivating. I wasn't expecting to have that reaction to an autobiography, but that's the reaction I had. I'd recommend it, even if you don't know the author.
This book goes into his background, introductions to his family, how and why he became a writer, the struggles he and his family went through, trials, tribulations, successes and joy. No holds barred! Down and dirty, nitty-gritty. It feels as if he's sitting right there on the couch with you, telling you his life story. Totally engaging and honest. There are parts where you giggle-snort and chuckle, parts where you cry (literally). Parts that make you go "Awwww!" and parts that make you go "Well, crap!". Parts where you want to help thread the Morning Glories through the fence. Parts where you want to just give the whole family a huge hug (and a decent Mexican meal)! Parts where you cheer! Parts where you know if his Mom reads it, he's in BIG trouble!
Sometimes you want to slap him upside the head for being so stupid (it's ok, he admits he was at times!) and other times you sit there gob-smacked at what he manages to accomplish. Going through one of his days with him will utterly exhaust you...how he does it is beyond me. He's brutally honest about himself and his faults, but also determined not to fail, come hell or no money! An endearing level of confidence brings him back from the brink time after time.
A truly engaging book. A testament to perseverance and the will to succeed. Motivating to me personally. Sean, you should be proud of not only this book but yourself, your family, your dreams and what you've accomplished so far. With you being as young as you are and with such a brilliant future ahead of you, I can't wait to see what else great your way comes.
P.S. Give Cindy and the kids a hug from me, since I kinda like know tons of stuff about them now! LOL.