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Shared memories offer much welcomed comic relief to a sad but also plifting true story The true tragedy is that a man who made his living walking is now nable to do so Interspersed with the intros are I m assuming actual e mails that Bruce sent out chronicling his diagnosis treatment and progress The e mails are the best parts of the book so full of raw honesty joy in his silly daughters aching are the best parts of the book so full of raw honesty joy in his silly daughters aching love for his wife and always ending with Take a walk for meI predict that this book will become a popular book club selection over the next three years as both women and men analyze their past and current friendships and ask themselves What will my friend say my life meant Read this book You don t want to miss it I got this book and enjoyed it I had seen the story on Oprah or some news program and thought it sounded interesting though very sad The father was sick with a rare form of cancer and in the event he died he wanted to have 6 men who could together represent different aspects of his character or personality and advise his daughters I thought it was Well Written And Very Touching written and very touching especially enjoyed the letters he wrote pdating his council of dads throughout the year during his treatment However the book seemed to skip around going from one memory to another how one dad was chosen to the next and I found it a little disjointed I think I would have enjoyed it if it had skipped around less Overall I would recommend it to people who are looking for an interesting book and a great idea whether the parent is sick or healthy it s always a great idea to have other adults in your kids livesparticularly for those kids whose parents may be out of town a lot such as children whose parents are in the military Didn t A White Slave in Turkey Book 1 - A BDSM Novel uite get itntil the letter to his daughters It was AMAZING One of the best books I have ever read Bruce Feiler learns he has cancer and he and his publisher come 1898 up with an idea for a book He is worried about the lack of a father figure in his daughter s lives if he dies He reaches out to six men who know him best to ask them to step in for him in some way He goes back and forth between describing his friendship with these men and relating the events of the ensuing year his struggle with the disease and the effects on his familyThis book is stirring heart warming inspiring moving etc I can see this book as being helpful and meaningful to some people but I am old I ve read too many of these Wednesday with Morrie type things about wise perfect people and their courageous struggles and their supportive perfect friends and family There are too many other books out there that I d rather read I like them real andor down and dirty and imaginative I guess I m a bad person I will probably not be given any First Reads to review Won this as a First Reads giveaway I really liked the idea of it man gets cancer in his femur and realizes he may not be there for his 3 year old twins in the future so he callspon six friends to create a Coun. I believe my daughters will have plenty of opportunities in their lives he wrote to these men They'll have loving families They'll have each other But they may not have me They may not have their dad Will you help be their dad The Council of Dads is the inspiring story of what happened next Feiler introduces the men in his Council and captures the life lesson he wants each to convey to his daughters how to see how to travel how to estion how to dream He mixes these with an intimate highly personal chronicle of his experience A 5 star book and story about a father with a potentially life threatening illness who loves his twin daughters so much he invites six men who influenced his life for the better to help influence his daughters lives should he not survive long enough to raise them It s so emotionally raw at times you can t help but cry Bruce s wonderful sense of humor also provides some laugh out loud moments Learning about the family histories of Bruce and his wife was fascinating In the end I found myself admiring the courage intelligence humor transparency wisdom and beauty with which he walked and shared his journey of hellish medical treatment and procedures family life during the process and choosing the great guys he calls The Council of Dads Made me wish he was MY dad Tybee and Eden are two of the most blessed little girls one earth I enourage others to read this book and I definitely plan to take walks I won this on GR S give a ways and I can honestly say I would have read thisregardless if I won or purchased it I must start with saying Bruce Feiler is a brave and courageous man To endure what he went through while raising a family to me is noble in itselfBruce gives detail of his experience with caner he treatments doctors and procedures He also describes how he felt what he suffered during and after chemo and how it affected his friends and family It also shows how friends and family do pull together in tough emotional timesThe idea of creating a Council of Dads is truly niue and heartfeltEach dad has a special Lay My Burden Down uality and life experience that Bruce wishes to carry on to his daughters in the event of his passing Each Dad has a special bind with Bruce and he digs deep in explanation why he wants this father figur Beautiful and emotional read I highly recommend it especially if you are a parent expecting parent or thinking about it This is how much a daddy is supposed to love his kids Makes me wish I had been blessed in that regard as there were so many times I could vesed a man s input and guidance in my life Truly beautiful the lessons this book teaches Take a walk for me I cried at page 32 But the good kind of tears where you remember the awe inspiring moments of delivering your child and knowing you have a loving partner who has your back for of delivering your child and knowing you have a loving partner who has your back for Though I ve never met Bruce Feiler and his wife Linda I wish that I could be a part of their livesBruce Feiler the man who wrote Walking the Bible is suddenly told he has a seven inch tumor in his left femur He will die He panics about leaving his twin girls fatherless and so with his wife decides to create a Council of Dads to mentor his daughters and also serve as a testament and memorial to his life after he dies As readers we meet each member of the Council of Dads and Bruce reviews their shared history and also asks what each member can provide to his girls Male friendship is so different from female friendship and we recognize that Bruce is so lucky to have THESE MEN IN HIS LIFE AND THEIR. BESTSELLING men in his life and their. Bestselling Bruce Feiler was a young father when he was diagnosed with cancer He instantly worried what his daughters' lives would be like without him Would they wonder who I was Would they wonder what I thought Would they yearn for my approval my love my voice Three days later he came p with a stirring idea of how he might give them that voice He would reach out to six men from all the passages in his life and ask them to be present in the passages in his daughters' lives And he would call this group The Council of Dads.
Cil of Dads These friends represent the different parts of his self so that they can be his voice should it be needed The book started off really well *GIVING BACKGROUND STORY ABOUT A LEG *background story about a leg when he was 5 years old how he and his wife met the twins birth his diagnosis Feiler even explores family history eg listening to the audio tapes his grandfather recorded in the 12 years leading p to his suicide in 1983 tapes the audio tapes his grandfather recorded in the 12 years leading Beyond the Qumran Community up to his suicide in 1983 tapes the author had heretofore avoided He even adds periodic letters to his family and friends over the year of his treatment chronicling his experience and the effect on him and his family Upntil about one third way to one half way point it was all very interesting and the author s honesty and humor were endearingEven when he began introducing his Council I enjoyed it But a couple of things bothered me First because of the way he interweaves story about what was currently going on in terms of his treatment history letters to his family and friends and introducing his Council we don t meet the last guy Daniels Pet until he s already all the way through his treatment and been given the all clear That timing was off putting for me Second by the middle of the book the writing style started to feel a little too Mitch Albom for me kind of sappy and offering cliche life lessons There was also a feeling ofnreality to the book in that Feiler was not your average Joe who got cancer and his friends were not average either one has multiple Emmys one offered commentary alongside Bob Costas at the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics all but one has traveled the world extensively etc Let me be clear I am in no way trying to minimize what the author went through it was horrific However when I got the book I was hoping to read about how someone like me would struggle with such a diagnosis Not that there is not struggle in this book there is very clearly physical struggle through chemotherapy and surgery then chemo and physical therapy there is struggle with fears and struggle with trying to protect a family from the chaos that surrounds potentially terminal illness But there were many ways in which Feiler did not have to struggle He was very well connected and was able to see the best doctor in the country for his cancer Money was not an issue for him and his family he was able to devote his time and energy to fighting his disease for a Year Without Having To Worry About Losing The House I without having to worry about losing the house I have rather read the story of some ordinary guy who never wrote a book before or at least someone who doesn t have his own Wikipedia page who doesn t have an extensive and well connected support system for whom money is an issue and who isn t always able to keep his sense of humor ie someone I could relate to someone realAll in all this is a good book I liked it but it was not amazing to me I recognize that most of my criticisms of it tell about me as much as about the book so I recommend you read it and make your own decision You may find it inspirin. Attling cancer while raising young children along with vivid portraits of his father his two grandfathers and various father figures in his life that explore the changing role of fathers in America This is the work of a master storyteller confronting the most difficult experience of his life and emerging with wisdom and hope The Council of Dads is a touching funny and Losing Control ultimately deeply moving book on how to live life how the human spirit can respond to adversity and how to deepen and cherish the friendships that enrich our lives.