Updated: Sep 5
A book review and an important introduction to communities for fathers
I started Fathering Together, sitting on the beach with my wife, celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary. I sent Brian a text with me holding the book, and his response could not have felt more right:
That's how I intended people to read my book. :-)
Candidly, it's not the type of book I would have ever purchased if I had not met Brian. It's important to me to learn, grow, and share whatever I'm reading. I gravitate toward books often intended for academics, undoubtedly different from the type of book for a casual reader.
After meeting Brian and getting a feel for who he is and what he is trying to accomplish, I knew it was a book I needed to read.
I read Fathering Together cover to cover that day on the beach. Not only did I learn and grow, but I feel a strong passion to share.
Fathering Together is a series of heartwarming short stories leaving fathers inspired and not alone while sprinkling in research to drive tough parenting choices. Each story is of a dad striving to have better relationships with their children.
What spoke to me the loudest is that Brian emphasizes an essential and new narrative for fatherhood based on servant-leadership, which is far more important than just "bringing home the bacon."
My company serves a large group of husbands in a community still in its infancy. I focus on sharing ideas with husbands to manage money and the home together. I'm also a father. As my friend Paul Sullivan, the founder of the Company of Dads community, would say, a Lead Dad.
My company is the first of its kind, and we are striving to build a community of Modern Husbands. The Dad community is far more established and full of fellow fathers who I share values with. Broadly speaking, we all have a collaborative spirit and a yearning desire to grow communities that we know are needed for husbands and fathers in the 21st century.
In my short time in the dad community, I've met fellow fathers such as Jonathan Guerrero, Tommy Maloney, Dr. Chris Lewis, Matthew Kelley, Ed Frauenheim, Rupesh Bhambwani, Sivam Velautham, and of course Brian Anderson and Paul Sullivan; to name a handful. I've learned something from each conversation.
I linked their profiles, community pages, and podcasts because it is vital to find our people. Community makes us stronger, better parents, and better spouses.
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