Bestselling Author Bruce Feiler Was A Young Father When He Was Diagnosed With Cancer He Instantly Worried What His Daughters Lives Would Be Like Without Him Would They Wonder Who I Was Would They Wonder What I Thought Would They Yearn For My Approval, My Love, My Voice Three Days Later He Came Up With A Stirring Idea Of How He Might Give Them That Voice He Would Reach Out To Six Men From All The Passages In His Life, And Ask Them To Be Present In The Passages In His Daughters Lives And He Would Call This Group The Council Of Dads I Believe My Daughters Will Have Plenty Of Opportunities In Their Lives, He Wrote To These Men They Ll Have Loving Families They Ll Have Each Other But They May Not Have Me They May Not Have Their Dad Will You Help Be Their Dad The Council Of Dads Is The Inspiring Story Of What Happened Next Feiler Introduces The Men In His Council And Captures The Life Lesson He Wants Each To Convey To His Daughters How To See, How To Travel, How To Question, How To Dream He Mixes These With An Intimate, Highly Personal Chronicle Of His Experience Battling Cancer While Raising Young Children, Along With Vivid Portraits Of His Father, His Two Grandfathers, And Various Father Figures In His Life That Explore The Changing Role Of Fathers In America This Is The Work Of A Master Storyteller Confronting The Most Difficult Experience Of His Life And Emerging With Wisdom And Hope The Council Of Dads Is A Touching, Funny, And Ultimately Deeply Moving Book On How To Live Life, How The Human Spirit Can Respond To Adversity, And How To Deepen And Cherish The Friendships That Enrich Our Lives A 5 star book and story about a father with a potentially life threatening illness who loves his twin daughters so much he invites six men who influenced his life for the better to help influence his daughters lives should he not survive long enough to raise them It s so emotionally raw at times you can t help but cry Bruce s wonderful sense of humor also provides some laugh out loud moments Learning about the family histories of Bruce and his wife was fascinating In the end I found myself admiring the courage, intelligence, humor, transparency, wisdom and beauty with which he walked and shared his journey of hellish medical treatment and procedures, family life during the process and choosing the great guys he calls The Council of Dads Made me wish he was MY dad Tybee and Eden are two of the most blessed little girls one earth I enourage others to read this book and I definitely plan to take walks. I won this on GR S give a ways, and I can honestly say, I would have read this..regardless if I won or purchased it I must start with saying Bruce Feiler is a brave and courageous man To endure what he went through, while raising a family, to me is noble in itself.Bruce, gives detail of his experience with caner, he treatments, doctors and procedures He also describes how he felt, what he suffered during and after chemo, and how it affected his friends and family It also shows how friends and family do pull together in tough emotional times.The idea of creating a Council of Dads is truly unique and heartfelt.Each dad has a special quality and life experience that Bruce wishes to carry on to his daughters, in the event of his passing Each Dad has a special bind with Bruce, and he digs deep in explanation why he wants this father figure to carry out his Bruce voice.Well written and often emotional, The Council of Dad s left me enjoying each day as if it were my last Having watched my mother survive Lymphoma, I can relate to the emotions and hard times Bruce has experienced Praise to Bruce Feiler on a fantastic read, and fighting the battle against cancer. I got this book and enjoyed it, I had seen the story on Oprah or some news program and thought it sounded interesting though very sad The father was sick with a rare form of cancer, and in the event he died, he wanted to have 6 men who could, together, represent different aspects of his character or personality and advise his daughters I thought it was well written and very touching, I especially enjoyed the letters he wrote updating his council of dads throughout the year during his treatment However, the book seemed to skip around, going from one memory to another, how one dad was chosen to the next, and I found it a little disjointed I think I would have enjoyed it if it had skipped around less Overall I would recommend it to people who are looking for an interesting book and a great idea, whether the parent is sick or healthy, it s always a great idea to have other adults in your kids livesparticularly for those kids whose parents may be out of town a lot, such as children whose parents are in the military. Bruce Feiler learns he has cancer and he and his publisher come up with an idea for a book He is worried about the lack of a father figure in his daughter s lives, if he dies He reaches out to six men who know him best to ask them to step in for him in some way He goes back and forth between describing his friendship with these men and relating the events of the ensuing year, his struggle with the disease and the effects on his family.This book is stirring heart warming, inspiring, moving, etc I can see this book as being helpful and meaningful to some people, but I am old, I ve read too many of these Wednesday with Morrie type things about wise, perfect people and their courageous struggles and their supportive, perfect friends and family There are too many other books out there that I d rather read I like them real and or down and dirty, and imaginative, I guess I m a bad person, I will probably not be given any First Reads to review. I was so grateful to win a copy of this book thru Good Reads First Look I liked it a lot and it reminded me of combining Randy Pausch and Mitch Albom style of writing with humor, great lines, awesome quotes, and deeply spiritual and moving The author, Bruce Feiler talks about his childhood and an unfortunate accident that happened when he was a kid Fast forward years later and he learns that he has cancer As he worries about his twin girls he and his wife decide on the council of Dads, 6 men that Bruce picks to represent him in the event of his death Each man comes from a different time in Bruce s life, not family but ones who mean the most to him I really loved this idea and it really does make you think about your own mortality as you are reading this He literally goes thru hell and back with his chemotherapy treatments and pain from the surgeries Bruce is an inspiration and I urge everyone to pick up a copy of this great book I love it when really difficult emotions are put so beautifully to words This book has such a courageous and smart premise There were lots of quotes I would love to underline and remember alas, a library book has it s limitations One of my favorites, about the power of words, goes like this I was reminded of one of my favorite messages from the Bible, from the opening of Genesis Before there is order, there is chaos Before there is light, there is darkness And what is the only force strong enough to overcome that disorder What does God use to create the world HE USES WORDS I highly recommend this book. I got stuck mid way through this I thought it was kind of dull and wasn t what I was really expecting I m sure I ll pick it back up at some point, but for now, its going into the book closet. Take a walk for me I cried at page 32 But the good kind of tears, where you remember the awe inspiring moments of delivering your child and knowing you have a loving partner who has your back, for life Though I ve never met Bruce Feiler and his wife Linda, I wish that I could be a part of their lives.Bruce Feiler, the man who wrote Walking the Bible, is suddenly told he has a seven inch tumor in his left femur He will die He panics about leaving his twin girls fatherless and so, with his wife, decides to create a Council of Dads to mentor his daughters and also serve as a testament and memorial to his life after he dies As readers, we meet each member of the Council of Dads and Bruce reviews their shared history and also asks what each member can provide to his girls Male friendship is so different from female friendship and we recognize that Bruce is so lucky to have these men in his life and their shared memories offer much welcomed comic relief to a sad, but also uplifting true story The true tragedy is that a man who made his living walking is now unable to do so Interspersed with the intros are I m assuming actual e mails that Bruce sent out, chronicling his diagnosis, treatment and progress The e mails are the best parts of the book so full of raw honesty, joy in his silly daughters, aching with love for his wife, and always ending with, Take a walk for me I predict that this book will become a popular book club selection over the next three years, as both women and men analyze their past and current friendships and ask themselves, What will my friend say my life meant Read this book You don t want to miss it. This is a remarkable account of how a man transforms his cancer diagnosis into a lesson in how to live each moment and how to keep his voice alive for his daughters.