February 11, 2010
The Council of Dads is not an easy book to read. It isn't how it's writtern, but the subject matter. For most parents, I imagine, the idea of dying while your children are young brings up a great deal of fear and sorrow. A child's loss of a parent plus the idea of not being part of a child's growth through the years pull heartstrings.
Nevertheless, this story is written by a man who manages to find a way to empower himself in this situation. Given a terminal diagnosis, the author interviews any number of men who might be able to provide some of the Dad-qualities his daughters would miss by his death. I wouldn't foresee myself reading this book over and over as I do with some, but anyone wanting a peek into the emotional roller coaster of a dying parent as well as the creativity that is born of wanting to provide for a family might enjoy it.