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Project Dad: The Complete, Do-It-Yourself Guide for Becoming a Great Father by [Cartmell, Todd]
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Todd Cartmell is a licensed clinical psychologist and a father of two. He is in full time private practice in Wheaton, Illinois, where he works exclusively with children and adolescents. He lives in Illinois with his family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TS1M74
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I have read this book twice and am now working through it for my third time. It is amazing; it will be a great tool in your arsenal as a Christian Father. In the introduction Todd states:

"Five key Areas

Let's review the main point so far: God is building a dad, and that dad is you. And God's plan is for you to be a great dad for the kids he has entrusted into your care. Five key areas are essential for becoming the great dad God wants you to be and that your children need you to be. To help you remember each area, I've connected each one with a body part, because as my wife keeps reminding me, guys think with their body parts. Here they are from the bottom:

Your eyes - how you look at your children
Your mouth - how you talk to your children
Your heart - how you connect with your children
Your hands - how you act toward your children
Your feet - how you lead your children

In the following pages, you will learn how to:

look at your children in a way that will help them see the reflection of who God made them to be in your eyes;
talk to your children in a way that will nurture them and shape how they learn to think about themselves;
connect with your children in a way that will open them up to the lessons and wisdom they need to learn from you; and
lead your children along the path God has laid out for them and protect them from the pitfalls and traps the enemy has laid ahead of them."

He does it through the following sections:

Part 1: Your Eyes - How You Look at Your Children
1. Who Are Those Little People? (And Why Are They in My House?)
2. There's a Prize Inside
3. What Are You Looking For?
4.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97603708) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977e2204) out of 5 stars "Project Dad" by Todd Cartmell 24 May 2011
By Andrew Demoline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Every father wants to be a great dad. We want to do what is best for our children, and be the kind of father they need so that they can flourish in life. But how do you do that? In this book Todd Cartmell, a father and child psychologist, offers his advice on how to be a great father. The subtitle, 'do-it-yourself' and all that, is designed to appeal to the part of a father that wants to build things and do it themselves. In order to do this, Cartmell urges fathers to pay attention to five areas of interaction with our children: our eyes (how we look at our children), our mouths (how we talk to our children), our hearts (how we connect with our children), our hands (how we act towards our children), and our feet (how we lead our children). He reminds us that a great father is a father who helps his children to develop their God-given gifts and potential, and be all that God has made them to be.

In many ways my experience and opinion of this book mirrors my experience and opinion of The Irresistible Church (which I posted about yesterday). The title made me skeptical, but the description and author pulled me in to read it anyway. Further, the book was very formulaic, filled with cliches and typical structures for a book of this sort. But, Cartmell rises above these things by offering genuinely good and useful advice to fathers. He reminds fathers that they are to be fishers of the good in their children, that our words have power to build up and destroy, that our example will be followed, and that while none of us is perfect we can be great in aiding our children to grow and pointing them to God.

Conclusion: 3.5 Stars. Conditionally Recommended. Are you a father? Can you handle a book with a title like this? Then you will be rewarded with some great ideas, advice, and reminders.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9773b264) out of 5 stars Humorous and Enjoyable 17 May 2011
By adayriddle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Project Dad is a humorous and practical guide book written by a dad to other dads. Todd Cartmell's warm and engaging style will have fathers laughing from the first few pages, and gives doable hands-on advice for becoming a better dad. This book will make an excellent Father's Day gift!

This is a humorous yet practical book filled with great insight from Todd Cartmell!
Each chapter ends with a part called Key Points - an overview of what was learned, and Getting to Work - ways to put the information into use.

The idea is that as a father "you are to become a fisher of the great things in your children.." and "if you are to become a fisher of great things in your children you have to be looking for great things in your children" (p.42). How true this is! I see this very thing modeled in my husband - and as I read this book I had to smile. He is forever looking for ways to encourage our four children, picking up all the little things that I sometimes overlook: like using good manners, picking up something with out being told, or kind actions toward others. He is also always pointing out the talents our children have and encouraging them in their uniqueness. So, as I read this I was glad to see that such things were being written about - and practical examples being given. Cartmell is not giving a point by point plan to follow, but rather encouraging Dads to step up to the plate and be real.

I also liked the part that pointed out to Fathers the impact of their words. Sometimes that deep voice is so scary. Cartmell simply states it this way; "Because your a father, your words have the power of dynamite.." (WOW!!! Have you thought of that?!),"...From the day your children are born they indistinctly trust your love and rely on your wisdom./...what you say must simply be true.../especially when its about them." Such simple wisdom but so often overlooked! Cartmell does a fantastic job of bringing these simple, often overlook truths to the light.

Its not all the fishing trips, or hunting, or the baseball/football games - it's the relationship that matters.

Finally I liked Cartmell's statement of what a great dad is "A great dad will remind his children of the greatness that God has placed inside of them and will profoundly impact their tomorrows through the power of their words today." (p.72)

Humorous and easy to read - I loved this book. Truly the perfect Father's Day gift. Instead of pointing out inadequacies or giving a check list to follow this book encourages Dads to embrace their very special very important position that God has entrusted them to.

My husband is the Project Dad complete - this book encouraged me and well as him. For Dad's that are discouraged or feel that they are missing the mark this book will lift their spirits and give them great ideas.

Thank you Revell for this Review Copy.
HASH(0x9760a99c) out of 5 stars Great advice very practical. 10 April 2012
By Steven R. McEvoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read this book twice and am now working through it for my third time. It is amazing; it will be a great tool in your arsenal as a Christian Father. In the introduction Todd states:

"Five key Areas

Let's review the main point so far: God is building a dad, and that dad is you. And God's plan is for you to be a great dad for the kids he has entrusted into your care. Five key areas are essential for becoming the great dad God wants you to be and that your children need you to be. To help you remember each area, I've connected each one with a body part, because as my wife keeps reminding me, guys think with their body parts. Here they are from the bottom:

Your eyes - how you look at your children
Your mouth - how you talk to your children
Your heart - how you connect with your children
Your hands - how you act toward your children
Your feet - how you lead your children

In the following pages, you will learn how to:

look at your children in a way that will help them see the reflection of who God made them to be in your eyes;
talk to your children in a way that will nurture them and shape how they learn to think about themselves;
connect with your children in a way that will open them up to the lessons and wisdom they need to learn from you; and
lead your children along the path God has laid out for them and protect them from the pitfalls and traps the enemy has laid ahead of them."

He does it through the following sections:

Part 1: Your Eyes - How You Look at Your Children
1. Who Are Those Little People? (And Why Are They in My House?)
2. There's a Prize Inside
3. What Are You Looking For?
4. Every Day Makes an Impact

Part 2: Your Mouth - How You Talk To Your Children
5. When Dad Talks, Who Listens?
6. Send a Message
7. Watch Out for Hazards
8. Your Secret Weapon

Part 3: Your Heart - How You Connect with Your Children
9. "Hello, My Name Is Dad"
10. Connect through Respect
11. Listen and learn
12. Connect as a Family

Part 4: Your Hands - How You Act toward Your Children
13. Be a Coach
14. Save the Picnic
15. Find the House
16. Discipline with the End in Mind (Not That End)

Part 5: Your Feet - How You Lead Your Children
17. Follow My Lead
18. The Friendship Factor
19. Draw the Line
20. Wanted: Great Dads (Superheroes Need Not Apply)

As he works through each area, he shows us tools to apply the changes that he believes we need to make to be better fathers. As we work at becoming better fathers we will also become better husbands and better men. There is much that any father can glean from this book and apply to their interaction with their children and with others. The only real drawback is that often Todd is self-deprecating to the extent that it detracts from the book. There were times I put it down rather then keep reading when he started it. I know it was intended as humor and to show that he works on these things also but for me it detracted from the great material being presented. But over all, I would state it is a great book with a lot of good advice and practices.
HASH(0x977ce3f0) out of 5 stars Project Dad 12 May 2011
By Lollipops - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What does it take to build a great dad?

Men like to build things, usually, and Todd Carmell maintains that they can take this God-given talent to help them become great fathers.

Cartmell has a friendly and even humorous style of writing that will draw you into the book--taking you on an action-packed journey into becoming the dad God intended for you to be--and the dad your kids want you to be.

Some statistics, in case you're wavering:

. Boys whose fathers offered praise and compliments performed better on tests of cognitive achievement.
. Harsh and inconsistent discipline by fathers has a negative effect on their son's emotional behavior.
. High levels of father involvement mean fewer behavior problems.

In the pages of PROJECT DAD, you will learn how to:

. look at your children
. talk to your children
. connect with your children
. act toward your children
. lead your children

You already have the raw materials available. Now all you have to do is pick up this blueprint and start building.

PROJECT DAD is, as it says on the cover, the complete do-it-yourself guide for becoming a great father. This book is a necessity for all dads, whether your children are not-yet born, babies, or even teenagers. It might even be helpful for dad's whose children are grown if they want to find ways to reach their sons.
I highly recommend PROJECT DAD for both your personal library, and the church library. This would also be a good gift for father's day.
HASH(0x9762b804) out of 5 stars I've known some great dads, and I've known some not-as-successful dads 28 July 2014
By L Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've known some great dads, and I've known some not-as-successful dads. This 'guide' stresses that being a dad is a work in progress. The best dads I've known would add, it's a continuing work--that you don't quit, even when your kids think they don't need you anymore. Some of the tenets written here may seem a bit simplistic, but this book should probably be read and reread periodically, to remind you of where you're doing great and where you may want to get back on track. You'll enjoy the wry humor.
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