Thursday, March 14, 2013

"52 Things Daughters Need from Their Dads" Review

52 Things Daughters Need from Their Dads
What Fathers Can Do to Build a Lasting Relationship

by: Jay Payleitner
Harvest House Publishers

About the book: Most dads love their daughters, but they're uncertain how they can show that love in a way their daughters understand...or figure out what their girls really need from them.

Jay Payleitner has given thousands of dads great, man-friendly advice in his bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad. Now Jay guides his readers into what is unexplored territory for many of them--girl land--giving them ways to...

  • do things with their daughters, not just for them
  • lecture less and listen more
  • be on the lookout for "hero moments" and take advantage of them
  • realize that their daughters are females...and tailor their actions and responses accordingly
  • give their daughters a positive view of the male sex
Dads will feel respected and encouraged--not made to feel guilty--and they'll gain confidence to initiate activities that build lifelong positives into their girls.

About the author: Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance Christian radio producers in the United States. He has worked on Josh McDowell Radio, Today's Father, Jesus Freaks Radio for The Voice of the Martyrs, Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson, and many others. He’s also a popular speaker at men's events and the author of the bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, 52 Things Wives Need from a Husband, and One-Minute Devotions for Dads. He has also served as an AWANA director, a wrestling coach, and executive director of the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative. Jay and his wife, Rita, make their home in the Chicago area, where they’ve raised five great kids and loved on ten foster babies. Visit his website here:

My Husband's Take:

When I saw this book for review on Netgalley, I was really excited for my husband to read and review it. Here are his thoughts:

As a father of a 4-year-old girl, sometimes I worry about her future. I wonder if I am doing the right thing. I know I’m to raise her in the teaching and admonition of the Lord, but what about the details? I was never a girl, so how do I know how to answer the tough questions or deal with the tough issues that I know are coming? It can be a very scary ordeal, but one I want to get right. I love my daughter with all of my heart and want to get as much advice as I can.

Fortunately, Jay Payleitner, the author of 52 Things Daughters Need from Their Dads, knows the same fears and concerns and has great advice for fathers of daughters of all ages.

The part I love most about this book is how Jay writes. He writes like I imagine he talks; very informal and personable. And, it is how I would talk, too. I could relate to his points, his stories, and his fears. I connected with him very quickly and felt like he was talking straight to me about my daughter.

The advice given is wonderful. Jay has taken time to interview many daughters (including his own, grown daughter) and fathers to get input. He also references scripture frequently to support his points. I really enjoyed hearing the thoughts of grown daughters remembering their childhood and their fathers. The advice they give is very poignant and eye opening. Many of the points he makes are things I would not have thought of in raising my own daughter. It was good to hear their opinions and have it backed up by scripture.

I highly recommend this book to any father raising a daughter. It was eye opening,  reassuring, and still scary all at the same time. Much like the thought of my baby girl growing up. I know she has to grow up, and it is exciting and scary at the same time. But, with the help of the Lord, and other fathers like Jay Payleitner, I think she will grow up to be a wonderful woman who loves the Lord…and her Daddy…very much.

I will give 52 Things Daughters Need from Their Dads ... 5 BookWorms.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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