Wednesday, April 18, 2012

All Pro Dad by Mark Merrill - Book Review

I first heard about All Pro Dad from Tony Dungy.  I don't remember if it was in his books or an interview, but I found it very interesting.  I immediately signed up for the daily All Pro Dad email, because I figured I could learn some things for my journey towards being a great father.  Fastforward several years and Mark Merrill, the founder of Family First (the parent company of All Pro Dad) has written a book called, yes, All Pro Dad.

Merrill structures this easy and short read around the "7 M's": Makeup, Mind-set, Motive, Method, Model, Message, and Master.  Each chapter features anecdotes (personal and from others), lists, and suggestions all relating to the theme of the chapter.  Merrill shares stories from Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, Truett Cathy, Michael W. Smith and others to help illustrate the importance of a father's role in his child(ren)'s life.  Finally, the chapters end with questions for dad's to ask their kids to spur discussions and communication.

All of the information is great for fathers, and it is presented in an easy-to-digest and non-threatening manner.  The book can be read straight through or in small chunks to allow for practice of each principle.  Overall, it was a good book with practical and possibly life-changing material, although I didn't really discover anything new.  If you have read other books on fatherhood, chances are much of this material won't be new to you either. 

I was provided a copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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