Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons

Wisdom of Our Fathers Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons What does it really mean to be a good father What did your father tell you that has stayed with you throughout your life Was there a lesson from him a story or a moment that helped to make you who

  • Title: Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons
  • Author: Tim Russert
  • ISBN: 9780812975437
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • What does it really mean to be a good father What did your father tell you, that has stayed with you throughout your life Was there a lesson from him, a story, or a moment that helped to make you who you are Is there a special memory that makes you smile when you least expect it After the publication of Tim Russert s number one New York Times bestseller about his fatherWhat does it really mean to be a good father What did your father tell you, that has stayed with you throughout your life Was there a lesson from him, a story, or a moment that helped to make you who you are Is there a special memory that makes you smile when you least expect it After the publication of Tim Russert s number one New York Times bestseller about his father, Big Russ Me, he received an avalanche of letters from daughters and sons who wanted to tell him about their own fathers, most of whom were not superdads or heroes but ordinary men who were remembered and cherished for some of their best moments of advice, tenderness, strength, honor, discipline, and occasional eccentricity.Most of these daughters and sons were eager to express the gratitude they had carried with them through the years Others wanted to share lessons and memories and, most important, pass them down to their own children This book is for all fathers, young or old, who can learn from the men in these pages how to get it right, and to understand that sometimes it is the little gestures that can make the big difference for your child For some in this book, the appreciation came later than they would have liked But as Wisdom of Our Fathers reminds us, it is never too late to embrace it From the father who coached his daughter in sports and life , attending every meet, game, performance, and tournament, to the daughter who, after a fifteen year estrangement, learned to make peace with her difficult father just before he died, to the son who came, at last, to appreciate the silent way his father could show affection, Wisdom of Our Fathers shares rewarding lessons, immeasurable gifts, and lasting values.Heartfelt, humorous, engaging, irresistibly readable, and bound to bring back memories of unforgettable moments with our own fathers, Tim Russert s new book is not only a fitting companion to his own marvelous memoir, but also a celebration of the positive qualities passed down from generation to generation.

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    1. Is There a Better Book You Can Buy for Father's Day for a Father (yours, your children's, your brother, your best friend)?No, but I Welcome You to Try to Prove Me WrongI bought and read this book, put together by the late Tim Russert, not long after it was originally published about a month before Father's Day 2007. At the time my kids were 8. I needed the book like the grass needs the Sun and the rain. I was as deeply impacted by this book as any non-fiction I have ever read; I have never looke [...]

    2. Why I Read this Book: The importance of a father and his lessons can never be appreciated enough. This reminded me of how grateful so many of us should be.Topics Covered: * The importance of family and relationships * Showing gratitude and appreciation * Removing negative emotionsReview:Few of us know a stronger or more unique bond than that with our fathers. As I read through this book, I experienced just about every emotion on the map from happiness to sadness to gratitude to excitement and ev [...]

    3. I enjoyed this book for the most part. It was interesting reading stories of fathers and families, and their struggles and happiness. We live in such a different world now, most of the entries in this book took place in the 50's through the 80's, and that was a totally different generation. Nonetheless, it was a very good read.The only thing I didn't like was the authors reflections before each chapter. It seemed like he was trying to name drop every famous person he had ever met, and acted like [...]

    4. This book was a very enjoyable read--I laughed, I cried and I learned a few things, too. Although I always knew MY DAD was the BEST dad in the world :-)), it was nice to hear about others that shared that title! The historical perspective the stories offer is very interesting and help explain why some men respond the way they do in relationships. Understanding this could certainly put a different spin on things as many had concluded in the book. I fortunately never had to wonder whether my dad l [...]

    5. A compilation of letters people sent in response to his earlier book "Big Russ & Me", these stories are funny, sad, poignant and heart-warming. The chapters are grouped by theme or topic, such as Baseball, The Protector, and Missing Dads. Tim Russert's charm comes through in his introductions to each section. I took a long time reading this book because I found myself reacting very emotionally to so many of the stories. I found myself reflecting on my own imperfect relationship with my fathe [...]

    6. With Father's Day around the corner, and looking for something to read, I picked this book off my husband's shelf had been a Father's Day gift a few years ago. I was always a Tim Russert fan from his Meet the Press days and I vividly remember being sadly struck by his untimely, sudden death a few years ago. This book doesn't disappoint. It is a great collection of letters and thoughts about fathers from readers of Russert's Book "Big Russ and Me." Broken down into thematic sections, the book has [...]

    7. Tim has created 21 categories of people's comments about their fathers. If I had written mine, they would fall into the "Forgiveness" chapter. Surprisingly, most are very well written - perhaps well edited by Random House's editor. I laughed and I cried. Many articles amazed me by their love or lack thereof of their fathers. All in all, a very interesting view of intra-family relations.

    8. What an inspiring book! I adored this book. The letters from children about their fathers were very touching. My favorite quote was on page 112 and it was "Grief is the price we pay for love." I will save this book to reread when I feel sentimental about my own parents.

    9. Being a life long Republican I was a little leary of reading this book, however it was excellent and I would recommend it to everyone.

    10. After writing his book about his father, Tim Russert received thousands of letters from people detailing their own relationships with their fathers. This book is a compilation of just a small amount of those letters, with his own thoughts and feelings intermixed.As someone who did not have the best relationship with her own father, I found myself moved by most of the letters and stories. I found myself sniffling at times and other times experiencing almost a envious or jealous anger that these f [...]

    11. Enjoyable follow-up to the late "Meet the Press" host's book on his father, " Big Russ and Me." It was compiled from letters written to Russert from people who read his book about their fathers. Some are short, some are long, some are touching, some are funny. The letters are interspersed by commentary and memories from Russert, who reads the audio book himself.

    12. I found the concept interesting, though after awhile the stories began to sound very similar. I was struck by the wide number of occupations represented in the collection, and I certainly listened to it to the end.

    13. This book is filled with little short memories from children about their fathers. I believe some of these kids must have been on an acid trip while gathering their memories. Okay, I'm sorry, I'm sure there were no acid trips involved. But, perhaps a little reality got skewed along the way, which led to a little gagging from me, from time to time. Nobody's father is perfect. Sorry, it just happens to be the truth. But then again, how would I know?Although, I have to say, there were some stories t [...]

    14. Wisdom of Our Fathers is a sentimental book. It's a series of letters from people fondly remembering aspects of their fathers. These are often one-dimensional and/or overly forgiving due to sentimentality. It's not a great book of insight into parenting, and no letter makes an amazing statement on what all fathers must do. But by avoiding pretention, Russert's collection benefits from sentimentality. After all, there is nothing wrong with sentimentality, even though it's loathed in so many liter [...]

    15. Looks Sappy, but it's Not!I admit. I was given this book for Father's Day and when I looked at it, I immediately had a slight tinge of remorse that the family had not gone for the tacky tie instead.Then I opened the book and read it in one sitting.I had not read Russert's book on his own father and so I was prepared for a little "Chicken Soup" for the Father's soul kind of thing.I was pleasantly surprised.This book is a great resource. I read it not as a son, reminiscing about my own Dad, (who [...]

    16. Like it less than Big Russ & Me which I read years ago. The vignettes got a bit boring. I did enjoy reminising about my dad at first.Baseball games at the Cleveland stadium because I got straight A's. Every year just me and my dad went and he'd trade in the upper deck tickets for about $3 each and got us box seats.Also watching him shave with soap in a mug and his 2 sided safety razoe.On Saturday mornings he'd give me $1 to walk over to the delicattesen to buy comic books at 12 cents each. w [...]

    17. After Tim Russert's book Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life about his father became a best-seller, Russert received a flood of letters from everyday Americans who had meaningful memories relating back to their fathers, both good and bad. I spent several moments on the couch with my family reading these stories out loud. Ironically, I often caught myself ignoring my own children's petitions to play with them because I was so captivated in reading this book full of lessons in being a [...]

    18. I had a hard time trying to figure out how to rate this book. In fact I almost didn't rate it--but that's not fair to the author or to any of the letter-writers featured in it.This was a very difficult book for me to read. For a number of reasons. 'nuff said.Tim Russert wrote brief introductions for each section/category of letters. Here's what he wrote at the beginning of "Hands (and Feet)""Just as I used to focus on my father's hands Luke used to focus on mine. When he was little, at least onc [...]

    19. Tim russert received an avalanche of letters from people who wanted to tell him their stories about their dads after them reading Big Russ and Me. (from back cover) . . . casts a fond look back to the 50's Buffalo neighborhood of Russert's youth and recalls the extraordinary example of his father - a WWII vet who worked two jobs without complaint for 30 years and taught his children to appreciate the values of self-discipline, or respect, of loyalty to friends. Russert gives us reason to laugh, [...]

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    21. This is a book of stories about experiences that all sorts of people had with their fathers--mostly good. Reading the stories reminded me a little of the Chicken Soup series. They were nearly all positive, and I hope that most people could find at least one good story about their fathers, although I know there are many out there who aren't so great. I was glad to see a few of these negative examples included, because life sometimes dictates that we come up on the short end of the stick, and we h [...]

    22. This was a wonderful and heartwarming compilation of stories of the relationships between fathers and their sons and daughters. A companion piece to Russert's testimonial to his father, he said he was moved to write this book after receiving an avalanche of letters from readers who wanted to tell him about their fathers. This was the result. I have a complicated relationship with my father, but this book made me think about the good parts of him and that helped us improve things between us. I wo [...]

    23. I almost forgot about this one but an absolutely lovely, at times heart wrenching book. One of my favorites. It's compromised of all letters from sons and daughters to their dads. Some dads are still living and others goneIt's not about your dad being special but just unique to you. Take the good with the bad. When reading the letters you can definitely relate to some of the writers,their descriptions and characteristics of their dads. Tim Russert seems like such a good, down to earth man.d rais [...]

    24. Got this book for free--wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. But I ended up really liking it. The stories were so touching. I'm going to pass it to my dad for father's day. In this era of broken families, it was great to read about so many wonderful fathers and the impact they have on lives. Fathers really do matter. The different entries listed the son or daughter's occupation and their father's occupation--it struck me that many of these sons and daughters had white-collar jobs, while their f [...]

    25. I got this book right after Tim Russert died and put it on my TBR (ToBeRead) shelf. But when it came up in rotation to be read, my father had just passed and I couldn't read it. So fast forward two years and I decided to read this compilation of tributes to fathers, dad and step-dads. I am glad that I did. So many of the tributes reminded me not only of my dad but also my god-father and father-in-law and even my husband. I read several tributes to my daughter and we laughed and cried over them t [...]

    26. I purchased this book many years ago on the recommendation of my wife. I had started it and found it boring but this year I am finishing books.The book was amazing. It was good to read children write about their Fathers and what they appreciated about them. It made me reflect on my relationship with my Dad. He needs to hear more often that I appreciate him and specifically why I appreciate him. I also reflected on my relationship with my own children. I got ideas of how to be a better dad and wh [...]

    27. I really enjoyed it in print, but it's even better as an audiobook. It's a fabulous anthology demonstrating what it means to be a good father to one's child(ren) and others. There are many touching vignettes from sons (including Russert) and daughters concerning experiences with their fathers or father-figures. Some letters are quite sad but all are uplifting, such as one story of a son whose father was a substance abuser but the son was still able to learn and grow from this relationship. It's [...]

    28. Tim Russert wrote a lovely tribute to his father called "Big Russ & Me". Life lessons from his very hard working, sanitation worker father in Buffalo. Classic 'greatest generation' stuff. The book so moved many readers that they wrote in their own stories and lessons from their own fathers. This book is a compilation of some of those.As a father, I certainly found a number of ideas that resonated with me (e.g. "QUANTITY time, not quality time"), but certainly not the bang for the buck of the [...]

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