I first bought the e-book (which is how I "read" most books - making use of commute time). The forward by Timothy Ballard really got my attention. After only a few chapters I knew this was not the typical "read-and-forget-about-it book". I didn't just listen to the book. I studied it. My wife and I started each morning morning listening and discussing a chapter a day. Each chapter brought a lively discussion and created a theme that we could contemplate for the day. I'm a better father because of this book (at least I will be if I act on the impressions I received by reading it). I wish I had this book when I first got married. I have since purchased two more to give to both of my newly married sons-in-law. I HIGHLY recommend "Dads Who Stay And Fight". I would suggest reading the whole book alone and then studying it with those you love.
I can't tell you how many friends I've shared this book with. Literally, this should be given to every Elder who is coming home from his mission to prepare for marriage and fatherhood! One of the best books I've read, it is a must read.
This book is amazing I am so glad I purchased it. For men and women alike this book will change the way you see fatherhood and what is most important in life. I loved the personal stories the author used and how he gave such great practical advice. I couldn't put the book down!
I was surprised how much wisdom was packed between the covers. Not only do you get the sage advice of someone who obviously gets fatherhood, but you also get all of his study materials. At the end of each chapter is a set of notes which link you to a treasure trove of conference talks, and references by church leaders to support and expand on the concepts brother Trimble provides. I'm a father of two grown children, but I've already found several changes I can make to improve my relationships with not only them, but my wife as well! I highly recommend this book to any father, and any young man out there searching for his future wife. A great book, and a prominent place in my library!
This book literally changed my life. As a young father, I was pursuing a lot of things that I thought would bring me happiness and I was ignoring the precious souls bouncing right in front of me. This book gave me new perspective and great fatherly advice on how to move forward. My kids and wife have never been happier and I'm so grateful!
It's not too often that I have a personal connection with a book author. I've personally known Greg Trimble now for about 8 years. Greg was one of my youth leaders growing up as a member The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern California. He has always had a special way of teaching on a personal level, conveying the doctrines of the gospel, and instilling good values. With the success of his personal blog I was eager to dive into the pages of his first published book. This book brings together Greg's experiences with fatherhood. Reading some of these stories brought me back to the lessons that he would share with our Young Men in Church on Sunday's. I also enjoyed reading some new and more recent experiences and stories of Greg and how he has interwoven them into the theme to fatherhood. Though not a father myself at this point in my life, this book has given me more insight into how I can be a better spouse and father to my future wife and children. Father's and men everywhere can find inspiration and direction from reading the contents of this book. As for me, I will strive to be a dad who stays and fights.
This book surprisingly amazed me; it’s not just for Dad’s! Everyone could use these little life lessons each chapter has to teach. I love how Greg used scripture and quotes from prophets to back up his thoughts and ideas. I was also excited to read about real life people and how they deal with the battles of daily life (I was surprised to actually know a couple of them). I love how short each chapter is, but full of principles we can all use. It gave me a lot to think about in my own life, especially how I can be a help to the men in my life and in the world. I agree with Greg on the responsibilities of a Dad and the necessity for Dad’s to “man up and fight against the evils that surround us”. This book has opened my eyes in how I can help Dad’s accomplish their divine roles.
Of course this book is motivational for dads, but it also has a lot to offer for moms, teachers and for young people aspiring to be parents or teachers in the future. Short chapters are easy to read and contain interesting examples, making it enjoyable and inspirational. Highly recommended.
When I think of dads, of course, my own father comes to mind. I find it difficult to put into words the power of a father especially my own. My dad was raised in Hawaii under the watchful eye of his Italian father and loving Hawaiian mother. My father has always been a great example of strength, faith, love, service and many other Christ-like traits. I am eternally grateful to be able to call him “dad.”
I was asked if I would be interested in reading a new book by the author Greg Trimble called “Dads Who Stay and Fight.” I love to read and I was curious if a book written by a father to a father would help me since I am a mother. When it came in the mail, I began to pour over it’s pages, but I couldn’t read it like a regular novel. When I open a book written by Traci Hunter Abramson, Annette K. Larsen or Julianne Donaldson, I can’t put the novel down. I need to find out how it ends and so the rest of the world tends to fade into the background for a few hours as I explore a world of imagination.
This book “Dads Who Stay and Fight” is not my typical leisure reading that helps me unwind sometimes at the end of the day. This book forced me to think, ponder and pray about my own life and how my thoughts and actions effect my own husband who is a dad and my children who call him daddy. Was there lessons to be learned in a book written to fathers? My heart wants to shout “Yes!”
Tim Ballard who founded Operation Underground Railroad wrote the Foreword for this book and he had me hooked from the first page. I have never read a more powerful foreword and to be honest, I haven’t read too many forewords in the 100’s of books that I have read in the past. I was curious to see why Tim Ballard who rescues children from sex trafficking fit into a book about dads. Boy, was I in for an awakening. He was the perfect fit to kick off this fantastic book. I have felt a strong pull towards Operation Underground Railroad as my heart has broken for the millions of children forced into sex trafficking. It is sick and disgusting. My family and I have struggled just putting food on the table and I have often wished I was wealthy. I would give all of my money to help support this organization. To find out how I finally received inspiration on how I can help this organization and eventually help end human trafficking, read here.
There is a tremendous tie between what Tim’s rescue mission is all about and what I feel has inspired Greg Trimble to put into words how a dad can be hero to their family. I don’t want to give away that powerful connection so just go pick up your book today! You can purchase it at Deseret Book store or find it on Amazon.
Let me just share with you some of the highlights from this book. I have to tell you that there is so much in this book that I loved that I began to highlight many sections thinking I could add it into this review, yet by the 4th chapter, I realized I was highlighting almost every other page!
So, let’s get down to some of the reasons why I was so touched by this book. I love how Greg taught how dads and Christ have many similar characteristics. We know that Jesus Christ is our elder brother as well as the creator and father of this earth. He is our advocate with our Heavenly Father and we are taught that if we follow in Jesus Christ’s footsteps, we will be able to be like him and return to live as families forever. At the bottom of page 9, Greg talks about how Jesus Christ knew what he was fighting for. He said that God knew he was “walking into a war zone” and that he was going to “battle for His family… All He had to do to avoid bleeding from every pore… and His impeding Crucifixion was to walk up that hill over into the Judean desert… but He stayed… He fought for His family.”
That begins the theme throughout the book how dads can fight like Christ did for those He loved by fighting for our homes and families. The book is full of powerful stories of fathers and their own personal triumphs and struggles. I love how he shared such a wide range of examples in portraying the different qualities, roles and characteristics of a dad that fights.
Since this would end up being an extremely long post if I was to share all of the thoughts and parts of this book that touched me. I will share a few quotes from the book and leave with my conclusions of the overall impressions and feelings that make me want every mother and every father no matter what religion or race to read and ponder this fantastic book. (read my full review here http://brightlystreet.com/2017/05/dads-who-stay-and-fight-by-greg-trimble.html)
I have to admit, the thought of becoming a dad terrifies me, and for good reason - It's a BIG step in life. With the prospect of having kids closely over the horizon, I picked up Greg's book to see if it could somehow warm me up to the idea and prepare me for what's to come. While I still think nothing can quite prepare you for fatherhood, Greg's book definitely helped me get a glimpse of how rewarding it can be to be a dad. It effectively conveys the purpose behind being a dad and what men were put on this earth to provide and accomplish for the people they love the most.
For prospective dads, this is a good read.
If you want your family to look back one day and see you as their hero, then read and study this book. It has 2-3 page chapters that are easy and enjoyable to read. It covers love, discipline, teaching to work, building trust, and just about everything you need to know about being a great Dad and Husband your wife and kids will love, respect, and admire. I am buying one for my Son and Son in law.
I loved this book. Easy to read, with great and inspiring principles to help you not only become a better husband and father, but also to help you become a better MAN!!
I got this for my husband but after reading the contents, I decided to give it a read first. This book is such a great reminder of how to stop and actually enjoy being a positive role model in a child's life. I've really struggled with patience with my kids lately and this book has helped me realize somethings that I need to redirect my focus on. Thank you Greg allowing us in your journey of fatherhood and genuinely sharing your mistakes and triumphs.
I've enjoyed reading Greg's blog posts and was intrigued by the topic of this book so I ordered it and was not disappointed. Greg has a knack for delivering information on a way that is both impactful and inspiring but not overbearing nor overly pious.
I especially love the idea of helping your children focus on creating rather than consuming. The foreward was also particularly inspirational.
I will be purchasing this book for fathers within the LDS faith as well as those that may not be as familiar with the church. I want to be a better dad after reading this book; not only do I have a little extra motivation to do so, I also have some additional ideas and tools. Thanks Greg!
If there was ever a Dad's Manual--THIS IS IT! I read it in one sitting & was so moved. It made me laugh, made me cry, & made me ponder. After finishing this book I evaluated some of the ways I parent (as a Mom) & helped me to discover better ways to be an even better Mom. In this life the most important thing to master is our relationships with others-what a GREAT book to help us learn how to do that!
I follow Greg Trimble's blog posts on Facebook and love what I read. So, when I saw that he had written a book., I had to get it to read with my husband. It is an amazing book. Greg covers so many aspects of fatherhood in this book. He has great advice about how to be the best father and husband you can be. I feel like this book is not just for dads though, it's good for moms too. We have been working to implement some of the things that he talks about in this book, into our lives.
One of my favorite things in the book was when he talked about fountains and drains... "What are you going to be? A fountain, or a drain?" People take pictures of fountains, not drains. It is my new moto, I always want to be a "fountain".
My husband says that he really liked all of the scriptural comparisons and references between fathers now and scriptural fathers (Lehi, Alma, etc..).
I have already recommended this book to many people and I will continue to do so.