Wisdom of Our Fathers: Timeless Life Lessons on Health, Wealth, God, Golf, Fear, Fishing, Sex, Serenity, Laughter, and Hope

Wisdom of Our Fathers: Timeless Life Lessons on Health, Wealth, God, Golf, Fear, Fishing, Sex, Serenity, Laughter, and Hope

Wisdom of Our Fathers: Timeless Life Lessons on Health, Wealth, God, Golf, Fear, Fishing, Sex, Serenity, Laughter, and Hope

Have you ever looked back on an experience and thought, had I only known, it would all have turned out differently? In this inspiring book of life lessons, journalist Joe Kita asked men in their autumn years what they wish they had known 30 years ago. In the process, he gained a harvest of wisdom from the older generation, including their insights on war and peace, marriage and family, working and playing, setbacks and triumphs, and insights shared by such men as a world-class doctor, a record-holding sprinter, and even a man who traveled to the South Pole with Admiral Byrd. The result of these conversations is this thoughtful compendium of interviews and quotes on everything from courage to sex to fame.

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  1. a dad and stepdad said,

    Wrote on March 7, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Inspiring book for men of all ages — fathers or sons, June 16, 1999
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Wisdom of Our Fathers: Timeless Life Lessons on Health, Wealth, God, Golf, Fear, Fishing, Sex, Serenity, Laughter, and Hope (Hardcover)

    There’s a scene in the movie City Slickers where Jack Palance tells Billy Crystal that the secret to life is just “one thing.” I feel like this book is a list of hundreds of that “one thing” you wished you had learned from your father or things that you should teach your sons.

    You feel like you’re in the garage, or on the ball field, or at the dining room table having a one-on-one conversation with a bunch of great fathers. The great thing is that it’s not celebrity wisdom — but advice from everyday fathers you probably have never heard of. It’s almost like you’re talking to the man down the street who always seemed to know everything, or the grandfather you never knew.

    I also like that the book moves very quickly. You get one piece of advice, then move to the next one. (Which makes it ideal for bathroom reading.) Even if you don’t agree with something, chances are that every one or two entries, you’ll find something that inspires you, teaches you, or reinforces something you’ve always believed. What’s best, though, is that you’ll probably find one piece of advice or one quote that changes the way you talk to your fathers or sons, or even changes the way you live.

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  2. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on March 7, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fine, fine job, May 13, 2000
    This review is from: Wisdom of Our Fathers: Timeless Life Lessons on Health, Wealth, God, Golf, Fear, Fishing, Sex, Serenity, Laughter, and Hope (Hardcover)

    Lots of little, digestible bits that you’ll wish you could remember. I’d love to give the book to a friend, but then I wouldn’t have it as a reference. Mr. Kita’s description of a bike-riding trip he and his father went on is a great two-page essay. It’s May 2000 and I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of the book until now (maybe that’s more me than the book). I’m thinking I’ll be photocopying bits and pieces of this book for years and passing them on to friends as their various crises hit. A very, very good father’s day gift.

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on March 7, 2012 @ 11:54 pm

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great advice from men who’ve been there., June 11, 1999
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Wisdom of Our Fathers: Timeless Life Lessons on Health, Wealth, God, Golf, Fear, Fishing, Sex, Serenity, Laughter, and Hope (Hardcover)

    Wisdom of our Fathers is chock-full of just that–the hard-earned insights of American males in middle-age and a bit beyond, men who have fought in wars, supported families, coached Little League and run successful businesses. Want to know about love, losing a parent, raising a child, finding a job or getting downsized from one? It’s all here–the helpful advice that you wish your own father or grandfather had imparted to you if he had been the talkative type or if you’d ever thought to ask. The best thing about this book–it isn’t maudlin or self-conscious or touchy-feely. And you don’t have to read it straight through. Just browse through the assembled wisdom on whatever topic is eating at your insides right now and you’ll come away feeling better. Maybe you’ll even have a clear-cut plan of action. It’s that kind of book.

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