Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review (and giveaway): First-Time Dad by John Fuller

Title: First-Time Dad:  The Stuff You Really Need To Know
Author: John Fuller and Paul Batura
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Format: Softcover, 168 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8024-8750-6
Price: $12.99


It's been years since Steve and I were expecting our first baby.  Sixteen years, to be exact.   Sometimes we forget what it was like to be first-time parents, with all the excitement and fears about what was to come.  Would we know how to be parents ... beyond the diaper changes and feeding schedules?  Would we be prepared for all that was ahead?  I know these are common concerns for all first-time parents.


John Fuller, father of 6 and Focus on the Family cohost, wants to help fathers prepare for all the surprises that are coming with the arrival of their new baby.  In First-Time Dad, he addresses the deeper side of being a father:

  • the importance of being an engaged dad

  • building your marriage

  • bonding with your children

  • knowing your child

  • gender differences

  • keeping your priorities straight

  • spiritual training

  • overcoming negative examples of fatherhood in your past


Mr. Fuller is honest about his own mistakes and struggles as a father and husband in this encouraging book.  He shares authentically and doesn't present himself as a perfect example.  The book also draws examples from the lives of other well-known men like Jim Daly, Truett Cathy, Steven Curtis Chapman, Dr. James Dobson, and Paul Harvey.


Steve shared his own thoughts for this review:

Despite the title, Mr. Fuller offers encouragement to fathers (actually, both parents) throughout the spectrum - from those expecting their first to those experienced fathers of many.  He exhorts those further along to share their wisdom with those beginning.


The book is well-organized and formatted, including suggested resources at the end of each chapter.  The action lists which occur frequently through the book are helpful resources which I will refer back to as I need reminders.


This is a wonderful book for men who want to be prepared to be a godly father.  This book will help new fathers walk successfully through all the changes that children will bring into their life ... so they won't have to muddle around and figure it all out on their own.  It's a thought-provoking look at what being a father really means, from a man who has six children of his own.


You can purchase First-Time Dad at Local Christian Bookstores or online retailers like Amazon or


Or you can win a copy of it right HERE! I have one extra copy of First-Time Dad to give away (US mailing addresses only).


All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me what first-time Dad you'd like to give this book to.  Your baby brother?  A friend at church?  OR you can tell me what you wish you'd known when you were a first-time parent.


Entries will be accepted through Friday, June 17, 2011 at noon CST. The winner will be chosen that afternoon, by random drawing.  So leave a comment and enter for your chance to win a copy of First-Time Dad for someone you know.


This book and the giveaway book were given to me free, for review purposes.  No other compensation was received.


April E.




  1. If I won, I would give a copy to Mike from church, a recent first-time dad.

  2. Aw. This would be PERFECT for my husband! We had our first little one in August and I have been trying to find a good Father's Day gift for him!

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  3. I'd love to give this book to a friend of mine from church who used to babysit my girls once in a while when they were much younger. She and her husband are expecting their first baby in October, I think. We're so excited for them!


  4. I'd love to win this! I would give it to my husband. He isn't a first time dad, but I am sure it would encourage him.

  5. My hubby is not a first time dad either but will be a daddy for the 5th time this August! Maybe this book will be an encouragement to a seasoned father!!!

    themclean6 (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. I have this book and really enjoyed it (even though I'm the mom!) - and second all that you say here. I gave a copy to my brother recently who is going to be a new dad any day!

    You and your readers also might be interested in the Father's Day Giveaway contest John Fuller is running on his blog this week! The grand prize includes his book, a Starbucks card and other great helps for new dads:


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