A Father First

How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball

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Author: Dwyane Wade

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062136186

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is one of the superstars of the NBA—and a Gold Medal winner at the Bejing Olympics—but he’s A Father First. In this moving and triumphant memoir, Wade shares his inspiring thoughts about fathers and sons, writing poignantly about the gratifying responsibilities of being a single dad to his two sons, Zaire and Zion, while recounting his own growing up years and his memorable rise to the top echelon of professional basketball.

A Father First

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Author: Gary D. Henry

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1481731130

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 350

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This is the story of a dedicated father. Thomas Stevens grew up as a farmer’s son in rural Nebraska. He, his three brothers, and three sisters helped their parents around the farm as much as they could. He loved the business aspect of farming more than the sweat and hard work and told of his desires at an early age to the displeasure of his father. An understanding and loving man, Thomas’ father would not insist that his children remain on the farm and assisted young Thomas in his pursuits. Christmas was a special time for the Stevens household, and the family made it a weeklong celebration within the old farmhouse. Thomas became quite wealthy. Through quirks of fate, he met a woman in trouble named Emily. Given Thomas’s upbringing, he quickly came to her aid and soon fell in love with her. Thomas’s selflessness and kindness toward others impressed Emily, and she learned quickly that Thomas was the man she had always hoped to meet. Together they had a child named Sarah. Sarah provided much love and laughter in their happy household, and Thomas could see that Sarah possessed a level of kindness and caring that angels might envy. All seemed perfect until one day a simple trip to the grocery store and an out of control car hit Emily’s car head on and took her life. Thomas was devastated, but he had Sarah and his family to help him pull through the terrible trauma and devastating grief. Years went by until another accident sent Thomas again into a depression that lasted much of the remainder of his life. Thomas, young Sarah, and two of Sarah’s cousins got into Thomas’s car. He inadvertently neglected to lock Sarah securely into her seat belt, and a head-on accident sent his beautiful twelve-year-old daughter through the windshield, paralyzing her for life. Thomas vowed to make things right, but Sarah harbored a lifetime of resentment and bitter hatred toward her father and eliminated him from her life. Thomas tried everything to regain her love, but nothing he did would restore her trust or rekindle their loving relationship. He set out on an incredible journey that reaped him astonishing successes in his business world but one fraught with heart-wrenching depths into dementia, loss, prison, and despair, all for the sole purpose of restoring his and Sarah’s relationship and life together as a family. He was a father first and that was the only success he sought. He did not care how long it took or the depths to which he had to sink to get there. He was determined to restore his daughter’s affections even though she was oblivious to her father’s good deeds. They lived a lifetime apart with Sarah not knowing or caring how much she meant to Thomas and how much her absence from his life had devastated him.

A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball

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Author: Dwyane Wade

Publisher: Singapore Books

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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Dwyane Wade, the eight-time All-Star for the Miami Heat, has miraculously defied the odds throughout his career and his life. In 2006, in just his third season in the NBA, Dwyane was named the Finals' MVP, after leading the Miami Heat to the Championship title, basketball's ultimate prize. Two years later, after possible career-ending injuries, he again rose from the ashes of doubt to help win a gold medal for the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As co-captain, he helped lead the Heat to triumph in the 2012 NBA Championship. Little wonder that legendary coach Pat Riley has called Dwyane "B.I.W."—Best In the World. As incredible as those achievements have been, it's off the court where Dwyane has sought his most cherished goal: being a good dad to his sons, Zaire and Zion, by playing a meaningful role in their lives. Recounting his fatherhood journey, Dwyane begins his story in March 2011 with the news that after a long, bitter custody battle, he has been awarded sole custody of his sons in a virtually unprecedented court decision. A Father First chronicles the lessons Dwyane has learned as a single dad from the moment of the judge's ruling that instantly changed his life and the lives of his boys, and then back to the events in the past that shaped his dreams, prayers, and promises. As the son of divorced parents determined to get along so that he and his sister Tragil could have loving relationships with both of them, Dwyane's early years were spent on Chicago's South Side. With poverty, violence, and drugs consuming the streets and their mom descending into addiction, Tragil made the heroic decision to take her younger brother to live with their father. After moving his household to suburban Robbins, Illinois, Dwyane Wade Sr. became Dwyane's first basketball coach. While this period laid the groundwork for Dwyane's later mission for fathers to take greater responsibility for their kids, he was also inspired by his mother's miraculous victory over addiction and her gift for healing others. Both his mother and his father showed him that the unconditional love between parents and children is a powerful guiding force. In A Father First, we meet the coaches, mentors, and teammates who played pivotal roles in Dwyane's stunning basketball career—from his early days shooting hoops on the neighborhood courts in Chicago, to his rising stardom at Marquette University in Milwaukee, to his emergence as an unheralded draft pick by the Miami Heat. This book is a revealing, personal story of one of America's top athletes, but it is also a call to action—from a man who had to fight to be in his children's lives—that will show mothers and fathers how to step up and be parents themselves. About the Author Dwyane Wade is a guard for the Miami Heat whose Wade's World Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to benefit children and families across America. President Obama recently appointed him to help lead a program geared toward encouraging fathers to become more involved in their children's lives. He lives in Miami, Florida.

The Everything Father's First Year Book

A survival guide for the first 12 months of being a dad

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Author: Vincent Iannelli

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440506019

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 304

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Change a diaper? Soothe a crying baby? Function on just a few hours of sleep? Anything moms can do, dads can do--with a little help! Becoming a father is a colossal event in a man's life. For nine months, he thought about, worried about, and dreamed about his new child, and finally his little bundle of joy is here. So, now what? This all-in-one guide shows new dads how to: Bond with their new baby Interpret baby's cries Be supportive to their partner Handle the changes to their relationship and sex life Childproof the house Plus, this new edition features updated advice on safety issues like vaccinations, financial issues like health insurance and retirement, and cool high-tech gadgets to track and treasure each moment of their new baby's life. Complete with medical advice and practical information, this is the new dad's key to raising a happy and healthy baby.

Family First—A Father's Legacy

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Author: Lloyd Casey

Publisher: PublishAmerica

ISBN: 1630041491

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 238

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Family First—A Father's Legacy was written from 1980 to 2010. It is an account of one family's life during the 20tb century. The family consists of a father, mother, five sons and two daughters. The seven children were born from 1950 to 1969. Lloyd Casey wrote to his seven children so they would know more about him and have a written account to pass on to grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Casey never had a career. He had many jobs. At age 37, he spent ten months obtaining a degree in Theology and then ten years trying to educate adult Catholics about Vatican II. By age 83 in 2009, still trying to figure out the meaning of life, he lists the books he read which convinced him belief in a god was part of the evolution of homo sapiens. His faith is in the dignity and value of human life.

25 Things Every New Dad Should Know

Essential First Steps for Fathers

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Author: Robert Sears,James Sears

Publisher: Harvard Common Press

ISBN: 1558329218

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 208

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Fatherhood doesn't come with instructions, but 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know is here to give some peace of mind. Learn what to expect on the lead up to the final big day when fatherhood starts! A baby brings great joy to a new father, but also, perhaps, some uncertainty. Don't let these preliminary nerves get to you and dampen what will no doubt be one of the most joyful day of your life. 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know provide information and encouragement to stave back the worry. A little fear is nothing to be ashamed of. For many men, fatherhood may seem like a new job for which they have had no training or experience. In these pages, pediatricians, and fathers themselves, Robert and James Sears offer reassuring, timeless adviceto help new dads prepare for and embrace their important role. In an encouraging and light-hearted tone they highlight 25 important facets of becoming a dad and emphasize the rewards and pure joy that come with parenthood. This inspiring read is the perfect gift for any new or expectant father!

Itō Hirobumi – Japan's First Prime Minister and Father of the Meiji Constitution

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Author: Takii Kazuhiro

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317818482

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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The brilliant and influential statesman, Itō Hirobumi (1841-1909), and the first prime minister of Japan’s modern state, has been poorly understood. This biography attempts to set the record straight about Itō’s thought and vision for Japan’s modernisation based on research in primary sources. It outlines Itō’s life: the son of a poor farmer, he showed exceptional talent as a boy and was sent to study in Europe and the United States. He returned home convinced that Western civilisation was the only viable path for Japan. Following the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Itō became a powerful intellectual and political force behind reforms of Japanese laws and institutions aimed to shape a modern government based on informed leadership and a knowledeable populace. Among his many achievements were the establishment of Japan’s first constitution—the Meiji Constitution of 1889, and the founding in 1900 of a new type of constitutional party, the Rikken Seiyukai (Friends of Constitutional Government), which, reformulated after 1945, became the Liberal Democratic Party that has dominated Japanese politics in the postwar period. Concerning Itō’s role as Japanese Resident-General in Korea from 1905, the author argues that Itō’s aim, not understood by either the Japanese home government or Koreans themselves, was not to colonize Korea. He was determined to modernise Korea and consolidate further constitutional reforms in Japan. This aim was not shared by others, and Itō resigned in 1909. He was assassinated the same year in Manchuria by a Korean nationalist. The Japanese language edition of this book is a bestseller in Japan, and it received the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities, one of Japan's most prestigious publishing awards.

A Father's Love

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Author: Lavita Stokes

Publisher: Roni Brown

ISBN: 1426900732

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 172

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Meet a young woman who takes a period of time to reflect upon her own painfully raw childhood experience. While the reader may not have the ability to see visible pictures, the objective is to create word imagery by traveling through the halls of past pain and baggage, to better understand the human aspect that lies behind the statistic. Lavita is a mother who adores her children and pours her love and energy into creating a nurturing environment for each one of them. In fact, it is through her children that she learns that she has yet to move beyond her yearning for a Father who never fully acknowledged her. Despite the fact that God placed individuals in her life to act in a surrogate role, including a compassionate husband, she yet hurts. This is her story, it may also be your story, and from a broader perspective it is a tragic human story. But tragedy is only the first half because on the other side of pain exists the possibility of redemption. Beyond the statistics, beyond the cold facts, there is a lesson learned about the importance of Fatherhood, of taking responsibility. There is much to be learned about the dynamic and life changing power of, A Father's Love.

Crawling

A Father's First Year

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Author: Elisha Cooper

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 9780375424557

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 166

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A children's book author offers a whimsical and poignant chronicle of his first year as a father, from the birth of his daughter Ze through the uncertainities, baffling mysteries, complexities, and wonderment of fatherhood. 25,000 first printing.