First-Time Dad {Book Review & Giveaway}

This giveaway will end Sunday, June 26th at 11:59pm EST.

First-Time DadFather’s Day is almost here, and it’s a time when we let our dads know how special they are, and how much we appreciate all that they do.

Being a dad is tough. Really tough. You work hard, sacrifice your wants and needs for those of your children, and you feel a lot of pressure. I’m not a dad, but I am married to a really fantastic one, and I know that it’s not easy.

John Fuller, cohost on the daily Focus on the Family radio broadcast, has written a new book called First-Time Dad. While my husband isn’t a first time dad, had admires and respects John Fuller, and we both wanted to read the book. Here’s the synopsis:

Perhaps one of the most powerful influences in the world is that of a dad on his child.
As a first-time dad, you will encounter so many new experiences! You’ll gaze at tiny fingers and toes, change dirty diapers, initiate tickle attacks, endure sleepless nights, tell bedtime stories, field seemingly unanswerable questions, and so much more.
Focus on the Family ministry veteran (and father of six) John Fuller lets you in on the stuff you really need to know… because in just a few months or weeks or days, your life is going to change – forever.

What a great book! My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed the book, and after 6 of our own children, we were still able to learn a few things.

John Fuller takes an easy-going, excited approach to telling dads all the wonderful ways their lives will change after the baby is born. It’s not all sunshine and roses, and he makes that clear as well. Never in a condescending or “don’t do this” approach. He gives practical advice and tips on surviving work, marriage, and fatherhood.

My favorite chapter is Chapter 5: How a Baby Affects Your Marriage. Marriage takes a big hit after a new baby is born. It’s hard to make date night a reality, and sometimes marriage gets put on the back burner. John gives 7 healthy habits to make sure you are doing everything for your marriage. He also offers 5 tips to help your marriage survive a new baby. (And as a wife and mother of 6, I wholeheartedly agree with his tips!)

My husband read and re-read Chapter 4 over and over again. The title of it is “Break the Chain.” Whether you had an amazing father or an absent father, there will always be inherited negatives. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are just like our parents. (Ever said something and then immediately though, “When did my dad get here?” Those are some of the traits I’m talking about!) He reminds the men reading this book that no one is perfect. We all make mistakes. It’s how we react and recover from those mistakes that makes them good fathers.

Overall, this is an excellent book, and a must-read for any new father or father-to-be. Full of advice, tips, and more resources than one could imagine, this book tells dads everything they need to know about how much their life is about to change. I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants to be the very best dad they can be. I am so thankful my husband and I both had the opportunity to read this book.

First-Time Dad can be found at your favorite local Christian bookstore, online at or on Amazon.

And, thanks to the kind people of Moody Publishers, I have a copy to give away to one of you!

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Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of Moody Publishers. I received a copy of First-Time Dad in order to facilitate my review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. The sponsor is fulfilling the prize as stated above.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    Thanks for your great review of this excellent book. (I gave a copy to my brother for his birthday a couple weeks ago – he’ll be a new dad any day!)

    I want to be sure you and your readers know not to miss out on 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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    Courtney says:

    I would love to win this book because my husband and I are expecting our first little girl at the end of August. This would be a great read for him.

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    Shannon Baas says:

    My nephew and his wife are expecting so this would be great.

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    mickeyfan says:

    Just found out my son and his wife are going to make me a first time grandma early next year. This book would be great to give him.

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    I want to win this book for my son in law as they are moving closer towards having children.

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    April Bever says:

    I would like this for my friend and her husband.

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    My hubby will be a first time dad in approximately seven weeks!

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    crystle tellerday says:

    two of my cousins just found out their wives are pregnant so they found out their becoming fathers and uncles this would be a gift for one of them

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    susan varney says:

    to give to my son

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    Susan T says:

    I would like to win this for my son (my only child) who is going to be a first time father next month. Sounds like an inspiring and great book for dads (or anyone) semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    Erin Cook says:

    I would like to win this book because I know a couple guys who will be first time dads and there isn’t a lot of material for dads so this would make a great gift for them

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    I would love to have this book because I am a “new” father of two beautiful babies. A 2 year old baby boy, a 1 year old baby girl, AND my gorgeous wife and I are expecting bundle #3 in Sept. I learn something about my new role as a father just about every day and I know there is so much more yet to come. Since marriage and the birth of my son, I feel that my purpose in life has dramatically shifted to being the absolute best husband/father that I can and I embrace this. I feel so privileged to be where I am in life and if this book can help me better understand and equip myself with the principles and mentality that I need to be a successful father/husband then I would love to have it. Thank you for making this opportunity available. 🙂

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