Book review: ‘Dads Who Stay and Fight’


“Dads Who Stay and Fight: How to Be a Hero for Your Family”
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4 of 5 stars

Many moons ago, I read a novel or two every week. Then, I got married, had kids, and got busy with life. Now, it’s hard to squeeze in more than 50 pages per week. I miss reading voraciously, but other things — more important things — have grabbed the spotlight since my youth.

Nowadays, I read at a snail’s pace. It took me six weeks to read Greg Trimble’s “Dads Who Stay and Fight: How to Be a Hero to Your Family,” a 170-page read that most could finish in a single sitting.

My four-page-a-day pace is in no way an indication of the quality of the book’s content. In fact, the book is chock full of advice and reminders that dads and granddads would be wise to read  and embrace.

“Dads Who Stay and Fight” reads like Trimble’s blog posts, which have made him a well-known name in the Mormon community. His writing style is conversational and easy to follow. Most chapters are only a few pages long, which is helpful for those with a busy schedule.

Trimble is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and uses the church’s doctrine and scriptures to illustrate and reinforce the points he makes. He offers valuable tips and advice that, if adhered to, would make our world a better place — regardless of religious affiliation.

Most people realize the importance of fatherhood, the need for a dad who cares about his children and does all that he can to help guide and mold them into good, responsible, and contributing members of society.

Trimble does an excellent job at bringing home points that make it clearer what it is that a dad should do for his wife and kids. Topics such as father’s need to discipline, to spend quality time with his children, and to love and serve his wife are touched upon in a heartwarming manner.

Aside from the personal stories, readers won’t learn anything new from the book, but will find valuable and motivating reminders of the important roles and responsibilities of being a father. A worthwhile read for one and all.

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