Why a Son Needs a Dad

Why a Son Needs a Dad


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A son needs a dad who knows how to have fun," Gregory Lang begins this testimony to the important roles fathers play in their sons' lives. Increasingly in today's world, young boys are being raised either without a father or by fathers who have very little involvement in their sons' upbringing. A boy needs a dad to teach him how things work, how to talk with girls, and how to tie a tie. He also needs a father who is willing to make sacrifices, one who shows him that love is unselfish and pulls him back when he is headed in the wrong direction. These and more than ninety other things are what a boy must learn about becoming a man. The result is a sequel to the New York Times bestseller Why a Daughter Needs a Dad.

The relationship between father and son is both simple and complex. Simple in that a father remembers the things he learned as a boy and passes them on to his sons. Complex in that it is filled with quiet hugs and laughter, the comfort of familiarity and the adventure of discovery, and the creation of a history from which they both may draw strength and wisdom.

Today Gregory Lang remembers his dad as someone he worshiped as a child, disfavored as a teenager, and now deeply admires. "On my mantle, next to a high school portrait of my mom and amid many photographs of my daughter," he writes, "sits a picture of my dad and me our front yard. He is squatting down, his arms wrapped around me as I stand between his knees. Sometimes I stand before this mantle and look at those photographs and realize how blessed I am." Now that he is a father himself, Lang realizes that being a dad is the greatest challenge and reward a man can have.

Gregory E. Lang works in suburban Atlanta. Janet Lankford-Moran is a professional photographer in Chicago. Why a Daughter Needs a Dad was their first book together.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581823318
Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing
Publication date: 04/15/2003
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 7.15(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

GREGORY E. LANG is the New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books, including Why a Daughter Needs a Dad, Why a Daughter Needs a Mom, Why a Son Needs a Dad, Why a Son Needs a Mom, and Why I Love You. He lives in surburban Atlanta, Georgia.

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Why a Son Needs a Dad 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Star_Dust More than 1 year ago
I purchased "Why A Son Needs A Father" for my own son who is now a Father to his son. I have watched my son implement the way in which a loving Father gives of himself to his son. My son missed having the kind of Father described in this touching tribute to why a son needs a Father. As a mother I always felt my son's pain about not having the kind of Father that other little boys deserve a right to have in order to experience that very special bond. It was with joy that I read the book first in Barnes & Nobles. My heart soared knowing how much my own son who is a Father would know even more deeply "Why A Son Needs A Father." Star_Dust
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i have a very big family and there are only 3 of us boys, i'm the youngest of all, and my brother is just older than me, he hasn't been the greatest son and him and my dad clash sometimes, and he doesn't always show that he loves my dad. but on christmas he gave this book to my dad and wrote a letter with it, my dad read the letter out loud and passed the book around. to say the least it touched my brother and my dad a lot, everyone had some tears, my dad choked up and just sat there looking at the book and card for a bit with his eyes teary. my brother had to leave the room, this book was very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a father of two teenage boys this book was a great gift to them. It helped us to remember who we are and where our relationship is going. It reminded me that being a dad is a wonderful feeling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the book for my husband's very first 'Father's Day'. Its good for a first time Dad - emotional and fun. While I would have liked some more humor and some more emotion, this book has good one-liners. Recommended for new Dads.